The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: When Toto pulls the curtain back to show who the real "Oz" truly is it looks like Toto's collar got snagged or he actually had to bite it but in the next shot he pulls the curtain back so fast that it would've sent Toto flying but then he is connected back to it again.

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Continuity mistake: The Wicked Witch of the West's bilious green face colouring changes shades during the film. DVD showing.

Continuity mistake: The strand of straw that the crow pecks from the Scarecrow's lapel was not there before, as shown by previous close-ups. (00:36:00)

Continuity mistake: When Dorothy is holding Toto in the last scene, the dog is facing to the left, but in the very next shot he's suddenly facing to the right.


Continuity mistake: When Glinda starts to sing, a Munchkin is seen coming out of an open sewer with its lid on the side. When the angle changes, the munchkin is nowhere to be seen and the sewer is closed.

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Continuity mistake: When the cyclone arrives, the farmhands let out the horses, which run wild through the farm. In the immediate wide angle there's no sign of humans or animals anywhere.

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy is in bed saying "there's no place like home", after the angle cuts the position of her pigtails over her dress has changed.

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Continuity mistake: Miss Gulch rides away on her bike and Toto jumps directly off the back onto the dirt road. There should be tire marks on the dirt where he falls directly behind the bike, but there aren't. (00:10:30)


Continuity mistake: When Hunk hits his hand with the hammer there are two brooms leaning against the barn behind him. In the next shot they're gone. (00:03:45)


Continuity mistake: When Toto escapes from the witch's castle and runs off to the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion to lead them to rescue Dorothy, he can be heard barking. As he is running up to the three, he is still barking, but his mouth is quite still and his tongue is hanging out. (01:19:30)

Continuity mistake: After the Wicked Witch of the West lights her broomstick and the scarecrow on fire, and Dorothy throws the water on her, in the next shot after the water hits her, you see the broomstick laying next to her burnt out but not smoking. (01:26:20)

Continuity mistake: There's a big mistake when we first see Prof. Marvel's wagon. If you look closely, the entrance steps that can be seen reflecting the light are upside down and would have to be set right before they could walk inside. (00:11:20)


Continuity mistake: As she watches the Wicked Witch "melt", Dorothy holds the pail around the front with her arms. In the next shot she's holding it with her hands. (01:26:50)


Continuity mistake: As Toto escapes Dorothy says, "He got away, he got away" and both of her arms are on the ledge. In the next shot her right arm is above her head leaning on the wall. (01:17:40)


Continuity mistake: In the poppy field when he starts to cry the tin man has a dark oily tear coming down his left eye that disappears in the next shot. (00:55:45)


Continuity mistake: As they walk up to OZ, there are yellow flowers on the wall to their left. As the walk in we see the same spot behind them and the flowers are gone. (01:00:00)


Continuity mistake: As they all leave the poppy field the bricks on the Yellow Brick road run left to right. In the next shot the bricks are at a 90-degree angle, now running lengthwise. (00:57:35)


Continuity mistake: When the Tin Man starts chopping the Witch's door his axe has marks all over it. Several shots later he raises it again to chop down another door and it's as new as the day he bought it. (01:23:35)


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Revealing mistake: When the Wicked Witch scares the Munchkins in Munchkinland, where Dorothy lands, she disappears into a cloud of smoke she creates. But you can see her sneak down into a trap door below. [As a sidenote to this entry, Margaret Hamilton was hospitalized for severe burns after a take of this shot (not the final one used) when the stage elevator got stuck and the explosion went off.] (00:30:45)

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Trivia: The "tornado" was a thirty-five foot long muslin stocking, photographed with miniatures of a Kansas farm and fields.

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Question: At the very end of the movie after Dorothy says "Oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home," normally, it fades out to the credits, but once - and only once - when I was very young, I thought I remembered seeing the camera pan away from her face and down to the foot of the bed where you see the ruby slippers tucked underneath the bed, then a fade to the credits. It is obviously a black-and-white shot, but there were the glittering shoes. Has anyone else seen this version of the ending?


Answer: Another fine example of the Mandela Effect. None of the "making of" books reference this alternate ending. The original book ends with Dorothy losing the slippers on her journey back to Kansas.

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Chosen answer: Yes. I'm sure I've seen that version. It shows that Dorothy didn't just dream about Oz and makes for a more satisfying conclusion. This version was original but edited out because it didn't follow the book's storyline for "Return to Oz" and the other long series of Oz books. The sequel pertains that she loses the slippers in transit back to her home and falls to the gnome king who destroys Oz which in turn causes Dorothy to return. So seeing the slippers at the end of the bed, while more satisfying, wouldn't really stay true to the Oz series.

I absolutely remember that version with the shoes at her bedside, but nobody I know remembers it.

Thank you! I remember that too but everyone I know thinks I'm nuts.

I remember that version and after that I expected to see the same ending but no I never saw that ending again. I got the response that no-one I know saw that ending of the movie where the ruby slippers being on her feet in her bed. Thank you for that answer. This was a long time mystery.

I absolutely remember that scene.

I remember that too - and I've asked so many people and they said no, I must have dreamed it. Thank you.

I saw that version once when I was a little kid too! I remember it vividly. Now I know I'm not crazy.

Answer: This seems to be one of those mass examples of people remembering something that never happened. There are also other variations, like people claiming to remember the film switching to color as the shot pans down to her slipper-clad feet, or the slippers being in color against the sepia-toned B&W footage. But sadly, it seems no officially released version of the film has had such an ending. It's similar to how everyone thinks Darth Vader says "Luke, I am your father," or how everyone thinks Humphrey Bogart says "Play it again, Sam!", even though neither of those lines are real, and people are merely incorrectly remembering them. The film is so ingrained in pop-culture, that people think they know it forwards-and-back, and false memories are created.


I agree that people think they remember things that never happened, but usually for things like this, remembering a scene wrong misquoting a movie lines, it comes from parody versions and people are (correctly) remembering the parody. I've never seen "Silence of the Lambs", but I know the line "Hello, Clarice" from films like "Cable Guy" and not from a false memory of the film.


Answer: This website gives some confirmation it's one of those myths that spread around and get mixed up in people's memories to being convinced they have seen it despite no evidence of it existing. In a film as big as the Wizard of Oz where die hard fans have collected original scripts, notes, and "lost" imagery over the years; we certainly would have something to back this up other than eye witness memory. Especially if it supposedly made it to the final print for viewing audiences as the original Wizard of Oz footage has been carefully preserved, as it's considered one of the most important films of all time. This footage wouldn't be completely lost if it made it to final showing print. Surely somebody would have posted it by now on YouTube. It is possible somebody made a skit or parody of this though contributing to the idea that it was actually in a print of the real movie.

Answer: I remember this being part of a special that was hosted by Angela Lansbury in 1990 and they showed that this ending was considered for the movie. For many years I couldn't remember why I remembered that ending and Angela Lansbury until I looked it up. I wish that it had been left like that. Kids always want their dreams to come true.

Answer: I and a friend of mine remember seeing the ruby slippers under Dorthy's bed at the end of the movie. Glad to know we didn't imagine it.

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