The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: When the Scarecrow sings, " In trouble or in pain" Dorothy grabs him and is holding her basket with her left hand. In the next shot the basket is on her forearm. (00:36:55)

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Continuity mistake: After the Wicked Witch leaves Munchkinland Dorothy is standing in front of Glinda one step below the top. In the next shot from behind she's two steps below Glinda. (00:30:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy starts singing, "It really was no miracleÂ…" we see two Munchkins on the bridge. One in a red and white bonnet and the other has a distinctive blue hat. In the previous shot they are together on the other side of the stage on Dorothy's left. (00:23:40)

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Continuity mistake: When they first meet the Tin Man a purple bird with a red beak appears and disappears several times near the house behind them. (00:41:20 - 00:42:20)

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Continuity mistake: The Wizard holds the Lion's medal in his left hand when he takes it out of the bag. In the next shot it's in his right. (01:30:50)

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Continuity mistake: As she holds Toto in her left hand, Dorothy looks around Munchkinland and says, "We must be over the rainbow". In the next shot she's holding him in both hands. (00:21:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy first spots the Scarecrow the piece of rope hanging off his left arm is about 1 inch long. Without touching it a few shots later it's grown longer by about four or five inches. (00:34:30)

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Continuity mistake: The Witches bronze astro globe moves from the window sill in different shots of her castle office. (01:16:10 - 01:18:35)

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Continuity mistake: During the Lion's king song, the Tin Man breaks a flower pot and places it on the Lion's head as a crown. In the wide shot, the Tin Man's hand is still on the crown, but when it cuts to a closeup of the Lion the Tin Man's hand is suddenly gone. (01:06:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Glinda tells Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road, there are many Munchkins around. A second later, when she is about to vanish, they've all disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy is walking on the pig sty platform and talking to Zeke, he is pouring the pig feed into something. The amount of feed he is pouring changes between shots. (00:04:00)

Continuity mistake: When Glinda starts singing, "Come out, Come out" she's not on the Yellow Brick Road. In the next shot she is. (00:22:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy comes running into the farm at the beginning of the movie, there's a lone cow in the pen behind her and a couple of white chickens that she ends up chasing in the direction of the camera as she runs near the house. Two shots later the cow disappears and the white chickens are now in the pen. (00:02:55)

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Continuity mistake: The large pile of wood next to the house is entirely rearranged throughout the scene when the Wicked Witch throws fire down at them. (00:45:55 - 00:47:30)

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Continuity mistake: After the Wicked Witch turns the hourglass over and leaves, Dorothy walks back towards her throne. If you look closely the book of spells, which has not been touched, is open to an entirely different page then when we saw it earlier in the scene. (01:18:15)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, there are no pumpkins on the ground while the Scarecrow is tied to the pole. After Dorothy gets him down, pumpkins are then everywhere behind the place that he fell. (00:34:00 - 00:35:45)

Continuity mistake: We see a Munchkin in a blue shirt climbing out of a manhole in the middle of the Yellow Brick Road and he has a prominent red scarf on. The wardrobe Continuity Person goofs because whenever we see him again, as in a glimpse in the very next shot and when Dorothy leaves Munchkin Land, the red scarf is gone. (00:23:20 - 00:33:25)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when they discover the Wizard behind the curtain there is a change in the equipment on his wall. At first the big lit up gauge thing with the two levers above it is lit, about a minute later when the Scarecrow gets his diploma the angle has changed and the gauge thing is dark. (01:28:55 - 01:29:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy walks up to the talking apple tree his arms are spread wide apart. In the next shot his left hand is pointing at the apple she picks. (00:39:30)

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Continuity mistake: After they enter Oz the collar and scarf of the driver of the horse drawn carriage change between shots without being touched. (01:00:05)

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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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Lion: [crying.] Look at the circles under my eyes, I haven't slept in weeks.
Tin Man: Well, why don't you count sheep?
Lion: Oh it's no use, I'm afraid of them.

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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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