The Wizard of Oz

Correction: "The Tin Man" is merely a name Dorothy gives him when she sees he's silver. What he's actually made of is never stated.

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Corrected entry: During one of the times the cast sings "We're off to see the Wizard" (either after they meet the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion), as they begin to walk off, above the main characters there is visible the sillhouette of a crew member swinging an arm projected onto the backdrop from behind it.

Correction: No, this is part of the infamous "hanging munchkin" scene. That is not the arm of a stagehand, it is one of the free-roaming birds extending it's wing. You can see it for yourself at the link given at the top of the main page for The Wizard of Oz.


Corrected entry: When Aunt Em is taking the chicks out of the incubator and putting them in Uncle Henry's hat, you can see that she is just pretending and there is nothing in her hands. (00:02:35)

Correction: She puts them in her apron and she actually has chicks in her hand.


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.


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

Corrected entry: In the scene where Dorothy gets to the crossroads right before she meets Scarecrow, the camera shows the field where Scarecrow should be, but he is not there until the camera shows the field again.

Correction: Although it seems that the camera never moves, these two shots are actually from completely different angles. (The two shots show two backgrounds that are not at all alike). This indicates that not showing the Scarecrow the first time is correct.

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Corrected entry: When Dorothy is entering her house in Kansas at the peak of the tornado, she opens the screen door and it flies off the hinges and into the air but you can also see a hanging plant right in front of her ever so slightly swinging from side to side. The storm takes a door off its hinges but can't knock a hanging plant off its hook?

Correction: In a tornado, anything is likely. A roof blown off a house and a hay rake deposited by the wind onto the floor of an upstairs bedroom while not disturbing the made bed, furniture or anything in the room speaks to the fact that a tornado can knock a door off it's hinges but not disturb the hanging plant or nearby lighter in weight objects. It depends on how the energy (force) is concentrated and such acts (tornado) are even more likely to do something like this.

Corrected entry: The Witch of the West refers to the Jitterbug dance number omitted from the final film: "I've sent a little insect on ahead to take the fight out of them...." (01:14:30)

Correction: True she does. But just because we don't see it does not mean it didn't happen.

Corrected entry: All three farmhands have dialog which alludes to their Oz characters : Hunk (Scarecrow), "Your head ain't made of straw, ya know." Zeke (Lion), "She ain't nothin' to be afraid of, have a little courage." Hickory (Tinman), "Someday they're gonna erect a statue after me."

Correction: That is way too obvious to be trivia. It's part of the movie, for everyone to notice.

Corrected entry: When they are leaving the Haunted Forest, you can see a crew member with a can creating fog.

Correction: Where? I've watched it over and over, and can not see any such thing, it must be something else.

Corrected entry: When the foursome is about to leave the poppy field, the scarecrow begins to dance before any singing begins, then stops, looks around, and starts dancing again.

Correction: The scarecrow always walks that way when they're getting ready to go somewhere together. It's just the way he moves. That was intentional.

Corrected entry: Throughout the first Kansas sequence Aunt Em and Hickory make references to 'that contraption' which is the reason why, "They'll erect a statue to me one day." The explanation from this is from a cut scene where Hickory (Jack Haley) is trying to build a machine that will predict the weather.

Correction: This particular scene didn't really need to be in the film to make it fit. It answers the question to what the contraption was, but it's not a mistake the scene can flow just fine without the cut scene.

Corrected entry: The Lion's line "My life has been simply unbearable" comes out as "Mice life..." (00:49:45)


Correction: I'm pretty sure this was intentional. As Bert Laur was a comedian and wanted to put in a certain way the lion talks. So therefore making "My life" come out as "mice life"

Corrected entry: In the scene where Dorothy is at the door to see the Wizard, the doorman's moustache is pointed upwards, but shortly afterwards it is pointing downwards. I believe it was changed to reflect the mood (upwards=smile, downwards=frown/sad). If I remember correctly, when it is downward, he is crying about having an Aunt Em, also. Still a mistake, but there's an explanation.

Correction: If this is the way a character is in Oz then it is not a mistake, even if it is quite odd, but remember there is a lot of odd stuff in Oz. Not a mistake though, if that's how the character is.

Corrected entry: When Dorothy and the Scarecrow find the Tinman and oil him, they oil his mouth so he can talk, his arms so they can move but they don't oil his legs and yet he walks away.

Correction: He has considerable trouble "walking" away, and at this point, Dorothy oils his right leg and the scarecrow oils his left. Also, they were oiling him from the top down. So some oil could have dripped and made its way down to his legs, helping to free him.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Dorothy picks the apple from the tree and the tree scares her, Toto runs up towards the tree. Just before this you see an arm come out from behind the tree to prompt Toto to come to the tree.

Correction: Where? My kids and I have watched this over and over, and we never see an arm come out anywhere. Can you be more specific about when this happens?

Corrected entry: When Lion is singing "If I Were King" and the other three roll out the green carpet. They put the rug on Lion, when they're walking back towards the steps and Dorothy gets tripped up a bit by the carpet. You can see the carpet where it's flipped up. (01:05:50)

Correction: This isn't really a mistake. When the Lion walks back up the carpet, his 'robe' catches the end of it and flips it up. Since it doesn't jump back to being suddenly flat again, there's no continuity problem.

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."

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.

Corrected entry: When Dorothy and her friends meet the wizard for the first time, the wizard scares the lion so much that he faints. Dorothy starts saying to the wizard "frightening him like that when he came to you for help-"etc, watch the scarecrow. He is trying to make the lion wake up by tapping/slapping his face but he is only hitting air and not coming into contact with the lions face at all.

Correction: He was fanning the lion's face with his hand.

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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: It is implied strongly in this movie that water makes witches melt, and this is spoofed in other media. I've only ever seen this referenced to wicked witches. Does water make good witches, such as Glinda, melt too?

Answer: In all likelihood, probably not. Water is often depicted and represents purity, and cleansing. It flows smoothly, is beautiful, clear, and responsible for life on Earth. Everything the Wicked Witch is not. Where as the good Witch is pure and of a true heart. So it makes sense that something so evil and impure as the evil witch would be effected by the purest substance there is, yet not harm the good witch because she is good.

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Answer: In the original book, water caused the wicked witches to melt away because they were so old and shriveled that all the fluid in their bodies had long since dried away. Meanwhile, the film Oz: The Great and Powerful instead implies that the Wicked Witch of the West is weak against water due to being a fire-elemental witch, which could also be the case for this incarnation, meaning it wouldn't apply to other witches like Glinda (whose element in both films appears to be ice) or even the Wicked Witch of the East (whose powers are never shown in this film, but were electricity-based in Oz the Great and Powerful).

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