The Wizard of Oz
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Continuity mistake: When the Munchkins come out onto the Yellow Brick Road, one of them comes out of a sewer hatch on the yellow bricks. It's located on the ground in front of the first small white cottage with the thatched roof, right behind Dorothy's house. Throughout this scene, the dark hatch is visible whenever we see that specific location, such as when the Wicked Witch of the West asks, "Who killed my sister? Who killed the Witch of the East? Was it you?" but as Dorothy begins to "follow the yellow brick road", there is an overhead shot followed by a front shot and the dark hatch has disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: Just before the Wicked Witch leaves Munchkinland she says to Dorothy, "just try to stay out of my way" and her broomstick is facing upwards. In the next shot it's facing downwards. (00:30:35)

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Continuity mistake: In a close-up of the Tin Man as Dorothy says, "We were just wondering why," there is no oil on his shoulder joint. In the next shot his shoulder joint is wet. (00:45:40)

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Continuity mistake: When the four are at the end of the hallway to see the Wizard, Toto is near the lion's feet. As it switches shots, he is behind The Tin Man.

Continuity mistake: Not only does Dorothy's hair change length during the film, it also changes shade. (00:19:40 - 00:22:15)

Continuity mistake: The Wicked Witch looks over at Dorothy and says, "I can't wait forever to get those shoes" and the metal hand she uses as a book mark rotates 90 degrees in her direction without being touched. (01:18:00)

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Continuity mistake: Dorothy says, "Oh, now I'll never get home" and her dress is clean. Several shots later the Tin Man asks, "What have you learned, Dorothy?" and there are now spots all over the front of it that last for the rest of the scene. (01:35:25)

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Continuity mistake: Glinda tells Dorothy, "Their magic must be very powerfulÂ…" and Dorothy has her left hand around Toto. In the next shot she's holding the flowers in front of her. (00:30:20)

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Continuity mistake: As Dorothy throws the water on the Wicked Witch the Tin Man goes from holding his ax in front of him to holding it close to his chest with the ax head sideways between shots. (01:26:20)

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Continuity mistake: We see the top of the house before the Wicked Witch appears and the right half and chimney are dark. After she appears the lighting has changed and the top of the house is all lit up. (00:45:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy first enters Munchkinland she steps out and in a front view we see her holding her hands close to herself, but when we look from behind, her hand is way out to the side. (00:18:50)

Continuity mistake: When the mayor of the Munchkin City comes out of the doorway his over sized watch reads 5:30. In the next shot it reads 5:00. (00:25:40)

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Continuity mistake: Dorothy is standing against a tree stump when the Wicked Witch throws the fire down at them. In the next shot she's nowhere near the stump. (00:46:20)

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the film, if you look at the Wicked Witch's nose, you can see that in some scenes the prosthetic nose is barely longer than Margaret Hamilton's real nose. In other scenes, the tip of her fake nose hooks almost all the way down to her mouth.

Continuity mistake: When Glinda sings, "And Kansas she says is the name of her star" you can see the black manhole cover behind her and none of the Munchkins that are around it in the next shot are there. (00:23:15)

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Continuity mistake: Inside the cyclone, looking out the window the wind is blowing left to right. In the room the wind is blowing in the window from the right. (00:18:05)

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Continuity mistake: Prof. Marvel reaches to open the door of his wagon as he walks Dorothy in. In the next shot the door is already open. (00:12:45)

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Continuity mistake: After they first meet him when Dorothy pulls the Tin Man's arm down we see her dress and there's nothing on it. In the next shot there are several wet spots on the front of it. (00:41:55)

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Continuity mistake: The Cowardly Lion says, "I'll fight you with one paw tied behind my back, I'll fight you standing on one foot." as he proceeds to put his arm behind his back and lift up his left leg. In the next shot his arm is out in front of him and his leg is on the ground. (00:49:35)

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Continuity mistake: Before he is crowned, the Cowardly Lion has a blue flower next to his left ear. In the next shot it's gone. (01:06:00)

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning while Dorothy is still on the farm, she walks along the pig pen fence and then falls in. When Bert Lahr picks her up out of there her dress is perfectly clean. (00:03:45)

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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

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.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

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.

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: https://criticsrant.com/mythbusters-dorothys-ruby-slippers/ 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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