The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: When they first see the Emerald City Dorothy is holding the basket on her left arm. In the next shot it's in front of her in both hands. (00:54:40)


Continuity mistake: After the Wicked Witch leaves, the burn spot on the ground where she throws the fire from the roof, disappears. (00:47:25)


Continuity mistake: There is a multicolored bag on the floor, to the left of Dorothy, when they're speaking to the Wizard and he says, "Anybody can have a brain" that was not there when she pulled the curtain open. (01:29:25)


Continuity mistake: When the talking trees throw their apples the Scarecrow walks over to the right side of the Yellow Brick Road as he picks some up. In the next shot he's on the other side of the road picking up apples that weren't there in the previous shot. (00:40:20)


Continuity mistake: Dorothy asks the Wicked Witch, "What are you gonna do with my dog? Give him back to me" and the basket with Toto in it changes from being in the monkey's left hand to his right between shots. (01:16:20)


Continuity mistake: After she wakes up in the poppy field, Dorothy oils Tin Man's left arm which is stuck to his head. In the next shot his arm is lowered. (00:57:00)


Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, when Dorothy is talking to her family, she wraps her right arm around Toto. The shot changes, and her left arm is suddenly around Toto. (01:40:50)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dorothy is confronted by the wicked witch and the lollipop disappears from her hands, notice how the flowers keep moving positions in her hands. (00:29:30)

Continuity mistake: When the witch leans over to claim the slippers, she goes really close to them and her broom is practically touching them. Not to mention she also casts a significant shadow on the wall of the house. In the close-up of the slippers disappearing, however, the witch's broom and her shadow are not in the shot although they should be. (00:29:50)

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, the fortune teller tells Dorothy to close her eyes, and he takes a picture of Auntie Em out of her basket. In the closeup of the picture, his hand holding the picture is not visible, although it should be. (00:13:20)

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Continuity mistake: As the Tin Man crowns the Cowardly Lion the flowers fall in one piece on the first step to their right. A few shots later we see this same spot again and even though no one has gone near them, the flowers have been moved. (01:06:15)


Continuity mistake: When they first meet Tin Man he is holding plants in his left hand. They change each time we see them. (00:41:15)


Continuity mistake: In the first shot of the movie we see Dorothy and Toto running and as she comes to stop he's at her right. In the next shot he's behind her. (00:02:00)


Continuity mistake: As they stand in the Wizard's balloon, Toto is looking at the Cowardly Lion. In the next shot he's growling at a cat. (01:34:45)


Continuity mistake: As she watches the Wicked Witch "melt", Dorothy and the others stand about five feet to the left of the Wicked Witch. They never move but when she asks for the broomstick she's standing right above her "melted" remains. (01:26:50)


Continuity mistake: The Tin Man holds on to the Lion's tail as he reaches the top of the mountain. In the next shot he says, "I hope my strength holds out" and he's back on the side of the mountain. (01:20:00)


Continuity mistake: Dorothy faces the Munchkins as they sing, "We welcome you to Munchkinland". In the next shot she's facing the Mayor. (00:28:30)


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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: 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?


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: 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.


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: 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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