The Wizard of Oz

1939

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103 Min

The Wizard of Oz

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One of the most famous musical films and the first film from Hollywood to use color. Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

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N/A
Released:
Aug 25th, 1939
Revenue:
$16,538,431.00
Country:
USA

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  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion rescue Dorothy, they run downstairs. As the door slams shut, the order is Scarecrow, Dorothy, Tinman, and Cowardly Lion. In the next shot, Dorothy and Tinman have switched positions.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): At the beginning of the film as Dorothy and Toto run down the dirt road toward the farmhouse, Dorothy bends down to pick Toto up and you can see a grease spot on the front of Dorothy's apron, but by the time they reach the farm, the spot has disappeared.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Dorothy, the scarecrow, the lion, and the tin man are on their way to get the witch's broom, the lion is holding an insect sprayer in one shot and in the next it is gone.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the Scarecrow chops through the rope holding the chandelier in the Witch's castle, the candles extinguish as the chandelier drops. In the next shot the candles are re-lit.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The sign to the witch's castle is misspelled.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): The shadow of the camera crew is visible as it pans across the nest of the munchkins hatching in Munchkinland.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the wizard rewards the lion with his badge, the lion shakes his head in embarrassment. As his head moves you can see the white t-shirt under the costume.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Dorothy is helping to oil the Tin Man, she grabs onto his arm and shows that the "tin" arm is quite flexible.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the "King of the Forest" scene, Dorothy trips up the emerald carpet on her way back up the stairs.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After escaping from Miss Gulch's basket, Toto returns to Dorothy's room in her Kansas house by jumping through the rectangular opening where there should be a window pane. Soon after, the twister blows out the window (that wasn't there when Toto came back) and knocks Dorothy unconscious.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the four travelers confront the fraudulent Wizard, the Scarecrow is standing second from the left, between the Tin Man and Dorothy, up until the line, "And Scarecrow's brain?" In the very next shot, however, when the Wizard replies, "Why, anybody can have a brain," the Scarecrow is suddenly standing first on the right, next to the Cowardly Lion.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): As the Lion is singing, "If I Were the King of the Forest," and his tail is flopping from side to side, a string cam be seen controlling his tail. Just before the Scarecrow and Tinman put on the Lion's cape, you can see the Tinman remove the wire with a quick yank.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Glinda kisses Dorothy goodbye, she hits her crown with her wand.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): In the close-up shot that shows the wizard's guard crying, tears can be seen dripping from his eyebrow.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the Wicked Witch of the West throws fire at the Scarecrow, the fire goes out just as the Tin Man begins to use his funnel to put it out.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): After The Wicked Witch of the West is looking in her crystal ball and talking to Nikko, we can see windows behind her showing a scene outside. As the witch gets on her broomstick she knocks one of the windows and it is shown to be a sheet with the window painted on. The sheet wobbles.
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): The Wizard seems to know in advance that the Scarecrow wants a brain, the Tin Man a heart, and the Cowardly Lion courage. No one is ever shown telling him this after Dorothy and her friends arrive at the Emerald City. But there is plenty of time passing in between scenes where this could have happened.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Dorothy walks over to the curtain where the wizard is, she leans down and picks up Toto who was tied to the curtain. When she picks him up he's already untied.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Dorothy and her companions are trying to escape from the witch in her castle, one of them bumps up against the "stone" structure, indenting it, and revealing that it is really a canvas flat. (It is very subtle and hard to see.)
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): In at least two shots, where the violin players in red and white are visible, as Dorothy is leaving Munchkin Land, the sounds of the violins in the accompanying music do not match the actors' hand movements.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): The lion's crown, which was made from a shattered flower pot, bounced on the floor when knocked off by the guard, and When it was made, without breaking.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the wicked witch is melting the outline of the trap door is visible under the witches dress.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): After the scarecrow was re-stuffed because of his body being severed by the monkeys, he stands up, and trips slightly in the hole that was meant to conceal the lower half of his body.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After meeting the Tin Man, Dorothy and the Scarecrow help him off the grass. Dorothy is holding a huge red apple which she clearly drops. The apple reappears in a subsequent shot.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): During the twister scenes, as Aunt Em is calling for Dorothy, there are some objects in the background (including a tree that isn't blowing) that disappear when Dorothy arrives and tries to get Aunt Em to let her in the storm cellar.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When lion is showing everyone his medal of courage, in one shot he's holding it, then in the next shot he's not holding it, and then in the next shot he's holding it again.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the song, "If I Were King of the Forest," the Lion asks, "What makes the Sphinx the seventh wonder?" The Great Pyramid, not the Sphinx, is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): The Wicked Witch of the West appears in Munchkin Land in an explosion of smoke, but the Munchkins start running and screaming before the explosion.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): In Munchkinland, when the Wicked Witch is making her way toward the ruby slippers, a mild shadow is cast upon the side of the house. In the next shot that shows the slippers disappearing, the shadow is gone. The shadow then reappears in the shot after that where the which cries, "They're gone!"
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The Tin Man puts the Lion's crown on his right ear and there's a clear shot of him putting it on. Next shot, the crown is on his left ear and his hand has disappeared too quickly.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the house finally lands, the furniture and floors are level, indicating that it landed flat and intact. Yet when we see the exterior after Dorothy has entered Munchkinland, the right end of the house's foundation has nearly broken in half over The Wicked Witch of the East, and the siding has sustained major damage.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the Witch first traps the foursome in the castle, Nikko is standing next to her behind the banister, and then standing on top of the banister in subsequent shots.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Dorothy first meets the Scarecrow, he vacillates between having his head above the top of the pole and having his head below the top of the pole.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the Wizard leaves Oz, the Tinman does help loosen the rope. As Dorothy chases after Toto, the rope on the right side of the balloon falls off the post. But in the next shot, it is tied up again.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): Twister scene, as Aunt Em runs out of the house and things are blowing around, the hanging flower pot on the porch is still.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): While Dorothy, the scarecrow, and the tin-man are in the forest after finding the tin-man, the three start to sing. And when it comes turn for Dorothy to say the first, "Oh my!" her mouth does not move.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the farmhouse is shown swirling around in the cyclone, from the outside Dorothy's bedroom windows are closed but from the inside shots they are obviously open.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the Wicked Witch of the West disappears from Munchkinland in a cloud of smoke and fire, the smoke appears before she reaches her mark.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): A square block of wood to which the Lion's tail was attached is visible when the Tinman is pulling on it while climbing up a hill.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Glinda is leaving Munchkinland, all three members of the Lollipop guild and a female munchkin (among others) run towards her pink bubble and shout their goodbyes to her. Those same characters are still standing behind Dorothy in the very next shot as she says "People come and go so quickly here."
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Wizard states that he is "an old Kansas man myself, born and bred in the heart of the Western Wilderness," yet his hot air balloon says "Omaha State Fair" as in Nebraska.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Dorothy first enters Munchkinland, she places her arm around Toto. In the very next shot, her arm is immediately extended again.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): The purple "horse of a different color" can be seen licking off his purple dye, which was made of grape-flavored gelatin.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Toto escapes from the Witch's Castle, Dorothy says, "He got away! He got away!". Her arm on the window switches position.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, the string that is holding him up is visible.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Dorothy is leaving Munchkinland, when she turns around and waves, the matte painting to the extreme right of the screen covers two or three Munchkins.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): One shot shows the ruby slippers disappearing off the feet of the Wicked Witch of the East. Immediately in the next shot, the Wicked Witch appears, apparently superimposed over a screen backdrop of that scene.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Juxtaposition of the adventurers when they're about to run out of the castle.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): After the Tin Man is dropped by the "spooks", Dorothy and the Scarecrow run up to him. As he attempts to get up the top of the costume comes up, and you can see Jack Haley's t-shirt.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After the witch drops Toto into the lidded basket, a flying monkey takes the basket's handle in his left hand, moves behind Dorothy, and turns around, so the basket is to the right of his body. As she approaches him, the shot changes and the basket is on the left, on stone architectural feature at table height, having instantly moved several feet.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the Wicked Witch of the West is liquefied, Dorothy clearly empties the entire bucket of water on her. But the next shot has a close up of the witch reacting to another splash of water. Also in that the scene, the scarecrow and a guard are in the middle of the corridor, but in the following shot, just the witch is in the middle of the room melting.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Dorothy smiles and tries not to laugh after she smacks the lion and he asks "Is my nose bleeding?"
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Dorothy and the Scarecrow use the oil can on the Tin Woodman, there are vines around the Tin Woodman's left arm and left knee. The Scarecrow briskly removes the vine around the arm, but not the vine around the knee. When the Tin Woodman moves to the Yellow Brick Road to dance, he has no vines on him.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): The oil can used to lubricate the Tinman is a pump type which does not make the same sound as a non-pump type, although the sound technicians dubbed in the wrong sound with each pump.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): The Mayor and his agents' voices get mismatched in at least two places. During the congratulatory music, one Munchkin interrupts the festivities and demands legal verification of the Witch's death. When they exchange words, saying "From now on you'll be history! You'll be hist - you'll be hist - you'll be history!", that "lawyer" Munchkin has a completely different voice, as though from a different actor. Furthermore, when the Mayor says that last "history!", we hear not his voice, but that of the "lawyer" Munchkin.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the Witch sees the ruby slippers under the house and approaches Dorothy and Glinda, you can briefly see that her legs are white, not green. This same mistake can be seen when she says, "Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of spears..."
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After the lion finishes the king of the forest performance the lion says, "You can say that again!... Huh?" the close-up shot before the gatekeeper appears shows the lion has his right arm down. In the next shot the gatekeeper appears ("the wizard says 'go away'") and the lion now has his right arm up.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): After the line, "Well, my little pretty, I can cause accidents too," the Witch is about to deliver further dialog, which we do not hear. The script backs up this claim. The full dialog was: "Well, my little pretty, I can cause accidents, too - and this is how I do it!"
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the Cowardly Lion is singing about courage, you can see the string behind him that causes his tail to move about.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The location of the Munchkin that hands Dorothy the lollipop changes four times.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Length of Dorothy's hair throughout the film.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Professor Marvel has Dorothy close her eyes "... to be better in tune with the infinite" and rifles through her basket, he takes out the picture of Dorothy and Aunt Em. There is no shot of him "holding" the picture, it's just resting on a dark background.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): At the end of the Tin Man's song, the oil can bounces out of Dorothy's basket, but in the next shot, she pulls the oil can out of the basket and uses it to oil the Tinman.
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): There is no stage hand on set at the end of the Tinman sequence, nor was anyone hanged, nor did they fall out of a tree. The shadowy figure at the back of the set as Dorothy, Scarecrow and Tinman set off down the Yellow Brick Road is a large bird stretching its wings.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): During the apple tree sequence, Dorothy's slippers momentarily disappear (she is wearing black dance shoes).
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Dorothy first meets the Scarecrow, the actor hanging on the pole is a double. Also, when he talks to Dorothy while he's hanging on the pole, his mouth doesn't move.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): When we first see Munchkinland, in one of the establishing shots you can see the shadow of the camera pass over the shot.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Dorothy seems to step in a small hole when she walks down from the hill of poppies arm in arm with her companions. You can see her mouth open in surprise, but continues on with the scene.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Dorothy first arrives in Munchkin Land the Studio Lights are reflected on some of very fake-looking flower leaves.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After Dorothy tells Glinda that she's not a witch, Glinda asks her "did you bring your broomstick with you"?
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After Scarecrow is given an honorary diploma, he says "The sum of the square roots of any 2 sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side". This is a misstatement of the Pythagorean Theorem, which is in fact about right triangles and not isosceles ones. However, this statement is not true about any triangle, and so it is completely wrong.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Dorothy uses the knocker on the door to the Emerald City, four knocks are heard although she only hits the door three times. The first is heard as she is drawing the knocker back.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the flying monkey grabs Dorothy, the sky of flying monkeys shows Dorothy being carried. Behind her, a flying monkey carries Toto. In the next shot on the ground, a monkey then grabs Toto to carry him off.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When the Cowardly Lion sings "If I Were King", he sings the line "Monarch of all I survey!" twice. The first time, you can hear him sing the word "Monarch", but his lips are not moving at all.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The "unbreakable crown" subsequently disappears completely.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): After being joined by the Tin Man, as the three start back down the Yellow Brick Road, the negative is flipped. Refer to orientation of buttons on Scarecrow's shirt, rivets on Tin Man's torso, and orientation of Tin Man's funnel cap. This was probably done to compensate for continuity error in characters' positioning.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): Studio lights are occasionally seen reflected in the shiny Emerald City floor.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): When they awake in the field of poppies, a crew member can be seen running under the flowers downstage left.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After the Tin Man sings "If I Only Had A Heart" and starts his dance in the road, the scene shows Dorothy and the Scarecrow watching him dance; Dorothy's right arm is crooked like she is carrying the basket but the basket is not on her arm. The next scene has her holding the basket on her arm.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When the Wicked Witch of the West throws fire at the Scarecrow, the Tin Man uses his funnel (hat) to put the fire out. He then replaces the funnel back on his head, but the shot is a mirror image (his hat and buttons are reversed). In the next shot it is back to normal. This may have been to compensate for a deleted scene.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): After Dorothy, Scarecrow and Tin man are confronted by the witch, and she leaves, Dorothy is cuddling Toto, and Tin Man says "beehive... baahhh!" Dorothy is then rubbing the shoulders of Scarecrow and Tin Man, saying they are the best friends anyone ever had. But when did she put Toto down?
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): There are quite a few scenes where Dorothy and her entourage can be seen to have multiple shadows.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Between when the Cowardly Lion is singing about courage and when he switches platforms to talk about it his crown turns from front to back.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Munchkin coroner sings that he has "thoroughly examined" the Eastern Witch and declares that "she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead." A few scenes later you can see the house completely covering the Witch with only her feet sticking out. How could she have been "throughly examined"?
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the heroes enter the castle disguised as guards, the Tin Man is carrying a spear. His ax appears from nowhere to smash the door to free Dorothy.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When the Tin Man and the Lion and the Scarecrow arrive to liberate Dorothy from the witch's castle, there is no sign of an ax. The Tin Man suddenly pulls out an ax to break down the heavy wooden door. Where did the ax come from?
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Dorothy's giant lollipop (given to her by the guild) disappears between shots when the Witch appears in a cloud of red smoke.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): A trapdoor can be seen opening so the Wicked Witch of the West can leave Munchkin Land.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the Lion is chasing Toto around the tree, the Lion clearly hesitates a few seconds to give Dorothy time to pick Toto up.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): In the scene in the farm yard by the pigs, at or near when she is balancing on the fence you can see a boom shadow pass over the scene.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): Studio lights reflected in the window as it blows out of its frame toward Dorothy and knocks her unconscious.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): The Tin Man can be seen untying the rope holding the Wizard's balloon down so it will fly away.
  • Movie Goof (plot holes): The subplot of Miss Gulch impounding Toto, which is the main dramatic conflict of the first act, is never mentioned after the first 20 minutes of the movie, and remains unresolved at the end of the film.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Miss Gulch is in the Gale's living room, demanding that they turn Toto over to her, Dorothy cries out "Don't let him take Toto!". Miss Gulch is a woman, not a "him".
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The position of the Coroner's hand holding the Certificate of Death.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The ticking heart the Wizard gives the Tin Man reads 1:10 when first given to him. It still reads 1:10 in the balloon scene.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): When Toto reveals the Wizard by pulling the curtain aside, he doesn't use his mouth; the curtain is tied to the dog. Dorothy can even be seen later removing the rope.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): Miss Gulch enters the Gale property twice.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Dorothy is crying because she cannot see the Wizard, the lion's crown is behind the scarecrow but when the guard is crying and they turn around, it's to the far right of the screen.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): Several times Studio Lights are reflected in the crystal balls for Professor Marval and the Wicked Witch of the West.
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