The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: When Dorothy says, "No, I just thought you hurt yourself" she takes her hand off the Scarecrow's shoulder. In the next shot her hand is back on his shoulder. (00:36:00)

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Continuity mistake: When the Scarecrow falls to the floor after his "If only I had a Brain" song, Dorothy goes to his aid and grabs his arm tight. But in the next shot, her hands are by her side, and she quickly grabs the Scarecrow's hand again, shaking it. (00:36:00)

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Continuity mistake: Just before the group starts skipping towards the Emerald city, there is snow everywhere, but in the next shot, it's completely disappeared.

Continuity mistake: As the Wicked Witch watches them in her crystal ball Dorothy is holding a hanky in her hand and the oil can is held by the Scarecrow. In the previous shot the oil can is in her hand. (00:57:00)

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Continuity mistake: After the Scarecrow gets his diploma he says, "How can I ever thank you enough" and the diploma is near his face. In the next shot it's at his side. (01:30:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy grabs the oil can next to the tin man, the leaves he holds in his left hand change positions between shots. A leaf on the log also appears/ disappears randomly between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch tells Nikko "throw that basket in the river and drown him" The basket with Toto in it moves from one shot to the other in its position to the hourglass. (00:16:45)

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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 and the Scarecrow first enter the apple orchard, in long shots, the ground around the trees is brown, barren and furrowed. However, in head shots of Dorothy, the ground appears lush and grass-covered. (00:39:35)

Bob-O-Matic

Continuity mistake: In Munchkinland, when the Wicked Witch of the West tries to grab the ruby slippers, the curtain hanging out of the window changes positions between shots.

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Continuity mistake: At the Emerald City entrance, the close-up of the shoes shows a straight, thick, brown road on the sides, absolutely nothing to do with the pattern seen in the wide angles.

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Continuity mistake: After the Witch leaves, Glinda tells Dorothy, "You may get up, she's gone," and turns to the right. In the next shot, she hasn't turned around yet.

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Continuity mistake: The Scarecrow extends his arm holding the heart but in the next shot his arm is down again.

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Continuity mistake: After the Witch has melted, the Tin Man turns his head and looks at the Lion. In the next frame he is facing straight.

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Continuity mistake: In the farm, after Hunk the farmhand has had his finger smashed, he scolds Dorothy. When she starts to leave, he hammers his hand and takes off his glove, shouting and turning around in pain. The angle swaps to a wide angle and he is working totally calmly with both gloves on.

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Continuity mistake: Dorothy arrives home and there's a man fixing a cart whose finger gets smashed. In the wide angle his right hand is on the wheel, but a frame later in the close-up it's not.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie begins Dorothy is running and Toto is a meter to the right of her. When she kneels down, he is behind her.

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Continuity mistake: The Munchkin with the certificate of death sings that Dorothy is intelligent. He and another munchkin are standing face to face in front of her. Half a second later they are meters away from each other, standing to the side of Dorothy.

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Continuity mistake: As he holds the Wizard's balloon, the Tin Man has his heart shaped clock attached to his chest at the sixth rivet. The next time we see him several seconds later it's attached to the third rivet. (01:34:50)

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Continuity mistake: The house we see in the cyclone has all of it's windows intact. When it lands they're all out. (00:18:40)

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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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Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?

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Trivia: "Over the Rainbow", which the American Film Institute recently named the greatest movie song of all time, was nearly cut from the film.

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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?

Macalou

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 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: 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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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.

TedStixon

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.

Bishop73

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.

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.

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