The Wizard of Oz

Corrected entry: In the scene where Glinda meets Dorothy for the first time, Glinda asks Dorothy 'Are you a good witch or a bad witch?' Dorothy says that she is not a witch at all, announcing that witches are 'mean and ugly'. Glinda states that only bad witches are ugly. If that's the case, why did she have to ask?

Correction: Glinda states "no, only bad witches are ugly." This does not describe the set of all bad witches, only the set of ugly witches: all ugly witches are bad. This does NOT imply that all bad witches are ugly. In fact, it cannot even imply that some bad witches are ugly, as Glinda's statement remains true if there are NO ugly witches (the set of ugly witches is empty). Thus beautiful witches can be either bad or good, and Glinda's answer is no answer at all.

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Correction: Ugly is as ugly does. Perhaps "mean and ugly" could be about demeanor and not physical appearance at all.

Corrected entry: While singing the "If I Were King" song, the Lion asks, "What makes the Sphinx the Seventh Wonder?" The Sphinx is not one of the Seven Wonders of the World; its neighbour the Great Pyramid of Giza is. Besides, how would the residents of Oz know about our Seven Wonders of the World? (01:07:00)

Correction: There are many points in the movie where we know Dorothy and her friends are traveling, but we don't hear what they say, because we are focusing either on the Witch spying on them, or there is a cut where they've traveled some distance that we didn't see. Dorothy could have told her friends about the land she came from during that time, especially since the Scarecrow would curious about things he didn't know about. The Lion would have been witness to these conversations during the travel, and heard Dorothy talk about those things, and it's not impossible that Dorothy would have mentioned the Seven Wonders during that time. It would be completely in character for the Lion to afterwards get the "Seventh Wonder" wrong, since he only heard about it recently. It is a common mistake for anybody to get details wrong about something they've only just heard about, and it doesn't make it an error in the film itself for the Lion to be wrong about something.

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Corrected entry: I have to post this to refute the comment that denied the existence of an alternate ending. I was overjoyed to find a comment here from someone else who remembered seeing a different ending just one time in the 1960s. I've spent my whole life trying to find someone else who remembered this. In the 1960s the annual broadcast of the film had hosts. I, and two of my friends, ever since childhood always remembered that one year the movie had a different ending. I've always sensed it was the year that the hosts were Liza Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft. We never could remember what the different ending was, but we recalled that it was black and white and that our reaction was: It wasn't just a dream that time. Now that I've read this other person's memory of the camera's panning to the ruby slippers under the bed, in black and white, I remember that's what I saw. Another commenter says that there's no evidence that the scene ever existed. I am here to verify that someone else has never stopped wondering for over 40 years about a vague memory of a different ending from one airing in the 1960s.

moondrift

Correction: This is called the "Mandela Effect" (aka 'collective false memory').

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It's not a false memory, when I have never forgotten that night, only to find that someone else also remembered it. We may all be connected by our subconscious, but that's going a bit too far. Just because you don't remember it doesn't mean it didn't happen.

moondrift

But the nature of a collective false memory means just because two people remember something happening, doesn't mean it did! :-).

Jon Sandys Premium member

Corrected entry: When Glinda's bubble arrives, Dorothy's sticks her hand into it for a brief moment.

Correction: Dorothy sticks her hand in front of the bubble, not into it.

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Corrected entry: The TIN man is made of TIN. If he was made of some other metal he would be called the Iron Man or the Titanium Man or the Aluminum Man. Because he is made of TIN he will not RUST! Rust is Iron Oxide. In addition, Tin will not form oxides at normal atmospheric temperatures and pressure. If he cannot rust, then the scenes with him rusted/rusting and the oil can are totally unnecessary and factually wrong.

Correction: In its day 'tins' that contained food were in fact iron (or mild steel) coated with a thin layer of tin to stop corrosion. The tin coating would wear away with time and the iron (or mild steel) underneath would rust. This makes a rusting Tin Man completely correct.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where the Tin Man breaks the flower pot for Lion's crown, the top of the flower pot falls away, forming the spikes on the crown. In the next shot when the Lion is wearing the crown, the base has been cut out to allow room for his head.

Correction: No, the "base" has not "been cut out to allow room for his head" because when Tin Man lifts the flower pot to break it there is no base whatsoever. Tin Man's fingers are seen gripping the inside bottom of the pot, and we see through the center.

Super Grover Premium member
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Corrected entry: As the Lion spots the guards sneaking up behind them his mouth is moving and he's saying a lot more than we hear, that has been edited out. (01:22:00)

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Correction: Not necessarily. That is an old movie tactic for demonstrating great fear; a character moves their mouth but are so terrified they cannot actually speak.

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Corrected entry: When the Cowardly Lion sings to Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man, "If I only had the nerve", the three all look over to the Lion and listen to him sing. Each time after the Lion sings a line, he pauses and Dorothy looks over at the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. If you watch closely, she slightly nods her head, almost like she's giving them the cue to get ready to gallop, which they all do after each pause. Also, if you pay close attention, when Dorothy looks over to the Tin Man and the Scarecrow to give them the cue to gallop she looks unsure, like she may be doing something that's not in the script, and at one point bites her lip.

Correction: This is a stretch, and I don't see it.

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Corrected entry: When you see the Horse of a Different color, [the horse that changes from purple to orange, and keeps changing colors] you can see that all the horses are totally different. One will be stocky and have its head low, and the other will have its head all collected. [For you non-horse people, that means when the head is higher and tucked in, so the nose is near the chest.] Then the next is smaller. They are all different horses.

Correction: I've noticed that too. But if this is a world where the horses are colors that real horses aren't and they can change color anytime, it wouldn't surprise me if the horse could also change shape.

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Corrected entry: You can see the witch run across the set from the right to get behind the cottage just before she magically appears from the chimney (with smoke) when the gang are walking down the yellow brick road.

Correction: Of course you can see her. This is not a mistake as she is supposed to be seen to somewhat help set the scene.

Joe Tomlin
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Corrected entry: When the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion are watching the guards marching around the witch's castle, the three guards who sneak up on them throw away their spears and attempt to subdue them in hand-to-hand combat. Why would anyone throw away a spear in a fight?

Correction: Because they've been ordered to capture them alive rather than stab them repeatedly?

Gary O'Reilly
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Corrected entry: After the Wicked Witch melts, Dorothy asks the Winged Monkey guards if she may have the broom. One of the Monkey guards replies by saying, "Yes, and take it with you." Well, what else is she going to do with it? Of course she's going to take it with her, that's why she asked. (01:23:45)

Correction: The monkey's line is illogical, but that doesn't make it a mistake.

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Corrected entry: When Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, she never tells him her name, but after the song and dance, the Scarecrow calls her Dorothy.

Correction: It isn't until later when they get to the apple trees that he calls her "Dorothy." They could have been walking for miles after the song and dance before they reached the apple trees. Dorothy even remarks that they've been walking a long way.

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Corrected entry: In the scene in the beginning when Miss Gulch is trying to take Toto inside the house, Dorothy says: "Don't let HIM take toto," instead of "don't let HER take Toto."

Correction: Dorothy actually says "...Don't let 'EM take Toto..." and then goes on to say "Don't let her take him - please."

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Corrected entry: It has been said in some published works that the "Wizard of Oz" would never been remade as it is, because there are not that many little people qualified to assume the role of the Munchkins today as it was in the late 1930s. This is in part due to the availability of growth hormone treatment and an improved diet in today's people.

megamii

Correction: I don't know the exact numbers but I suspect there were no more than a hundred little people used in The Wizard of Oz. In a country of almost three hundred million people, I'm sure that several thousand dwarves could be found despite improved diets or growth hormone.

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Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when they melt the witch for her broom, notice the broom has metal bindings around it. Earlier, when the witch lights the broom to scare the scarecrow, the broom is fanned out.

Correction: The metal bands are always on the broom, below the fanned-out bristles. Now that the bristles have burnt away, it just looks like they are on the top holding it together. They're just there to bind the bristles onto the broomstick. Most old brooms are like that.

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Corrected entry: When the Tin Man is singing "If I Only had a Heart" it takes a close up of Dorothy. You can see a man messing with the bottom of a tree in the background.

Correction: I looked and I looked and I looked and I didn't see a stagehand in this shot.

cinecena Premium member
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Corrected entry: It seems strange that when Glinda sends the snow to break the wicked witch's 'poppies' spell, the snow falls on the flower fields alone. After Dorothy and her friends 'wake up' and make their way back down to the yellow brick road, notice that there is no snow on the road in front of them. You can also see this as they gaze off into the distance at the Emerald City - the painted backdrop shows snow drifts in the fields but none whatsoever on the YBR.

JustJudy

Correction: It's not strange at all. If she can make it snow, she can certainly make it snow in a particualar location and not another. She's a witch.

Sheridan Whiteside
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Corrected entry: Picky point, but hey, that's what this site is about. When the Wicked Witch is dying, you hear her screaming "I'm melting, I'm melting". She really isn't melting. She is changing from the solid state to the gaseous state, which is sublimation. Therefore, she is sublimating. Melting is changing from the solid state to the liquid state.

Correction: This is not true. The hat used on the witch in this scene was actually larger to give the appearance that her head was getting smaller to convey "melting." The Winkies were also told to keep their weapons lower to help her appear smaller. If the Witch was sublimating, they would have had to make it appear as if she vanished into a gas in mid-air, as opposed to melting, which is still somewhat solid and pulled down by gravity. However, once melted, she does indeed evaporate into a gas. Summary: first she melts, then she evaporates, she does not sublimate.

violets69
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Corrected entry: When the group is in the Land of Oz and are getting out of the carriage to go to the "refresh room", the Tin Man's tights can be seen crinkling as he steps down from the carriage, showing that he is not "tin", or at least not completely.

Correction: All of his joints "crinkle." Not to mention that his face is obviously not solid tin. Nothing ever says he's "completely" made of tin, there's no reason why parts of his body can't be made of another substance.

White Lock
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Revealing mistake: When the Lion runs out of the Wizard's room, the group disappears because it is an obvious backdrop.

Sacha Premium member
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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: Professor Marvel, the Cabbie, the doorman, the guard, and the wizard himself are all the same actor, Frank Morgan.

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Question: Did Dorothy really go to Oz or was it a dream? Because, in return to Oz at the end, she sees Ozma (the good witch in her mirror) or was that just her imagination/a dream too?

Answer: In the film it's left ambiguous. At the end it's strongly implied that she was dreaming. The characters she meets all look like people she actually knows. In the original book, she actually went to Oz.

Answer: Return to Oz was not a direct sequel to the 1939 film. One was developed by Disney and the other by MGM. Return to Oz is actually an adaptation-fusion of the second and third Oz books, that contains elements from the 1939 film (like the Ruby slippers and the Oz/Kansas counterparts) because that's what people are most familiar.

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