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The Wizard of Oz Goofs/Mistakes

  • 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 (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): The position of the Coroner's hand holding the Certificate of Death.
  • 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 (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): 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): 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): Juxtaposition of the adventurers when they're about to run out of the castle.
  • 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): 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): 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 (revealing mistake): The Tin Man can be seen untying the rope holding the Wizard's balloon down so it will fly away.
  • 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 (revealing mistake): When Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, the string that is holding him up is visible.
  • 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): 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): 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): Length of Dorothy's hair throughout the film.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The location of the Munchkin that hands Dorothy the lollipop changes four times.
  • 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 (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 (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 (revealing mistake): A trapdoor can be seen opening so the Wicked Witch of the West can leave Munchkin Land.
  • 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 (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 (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 (crew or equipment visible): Studio lights are occasionally seen reflected in the shiny Emerald City floor.
  • 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): 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 (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 (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 (revealing mistake): In the close-up shot that shows the wizard's guard crying, tears can be seen dripping from his eyebrow.
  • 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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): 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 (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): Miss Gulch enters the Gale property twice.
  • 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 (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 (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 (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): 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 (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 (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 (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 (crew or equipment visible): The shadow of the camera crew is visible as it pans across the nest of the munchkins hatching in Munchkinland.


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