The Wizard of Oz

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: In the opening shot, Dorothy is kneeling on the road to comfort Toto. As she stands up, you can see that she has three wet spots on her dress-front. When she arrives in the farmyard, the spots are gone.

Correction: There's a time lapse and possibly enough time for the spots to have dried.


Corrected entry: After the flying monkeys fly off with Dorothy, the Lion and the Tinman hurry over to the disassembled Scarecrow, who says "First they tore my legs off and threw them over THERE". But the legs are right below his chest; the Tinman immediately grabs them without having to reach far.

Correction: The Scarecrow is in a state of high anxiety, and he is overwhelmed by what they did to him. Now he and the others are facing dire circumstances, so it is merely the character's error as to where his lower limbs are, or he may have meant his feet or the straw stuffing that made up his legs which the Flying Monkeys had thrown aside, though whatever the case it's not a film mistake.

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Corrected entry: When the Scarecrow is dancing with Dorothy for the first time there is a shot where he flies into the air. When the Scarecrow lands you can see that there is an area on the yellow brick road that has been altered to make some of the dancing easier, like doing the splits.

Correction: The only scene where the scarecrow flies into the air was in a deleted scene. Deleted scenes are not valid mistakes.

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: When Dorothy first meets Glinda in Munchkinland, and after all the songs, Glinda is telling her to go to the Wizard. She moves and hits her crown with her wand. It is easy to hear.

Correction: How is this a mistake? She didn't break character and neither did anybody else. This is more of a trivia entry than a mistake.

Corrected entry: When Dorothy and the Scarecrow first find the Tin Man, he tells Dorothy to bang on his chest. After the echoing bang, she points to Scarecrow as if to tell him it's his turn to speak before he says, "Wow, what an echo."

Correction: She wasn't pointing to the scarecrow. She was pointing to the beating like saying "listen to that" without actually saying it.

Corrected entry: During the march of the witch's guards, the guard playing the cymbals crashes them together at least four times, but there is no corresponding noise. (01:20:40)

Correction: There are no guards playing cymbals. The only guards playing something, back by the gates, are playing drums. Which you can hear.

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: How does the lion know about the Sphinx if he's lived all his life in the land of Oz and never is told about it by Dorothy?

Correction: How do you know Dorothy never told him about it? There's plenty of time they're together that we don't see them.


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 the Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Toto, and Dorothy are coming out of the woods, it appears that there are miles and miles of Yellow Brick Road before they reach the Emerald City. However, when it shows them emerging from the forest and walking through the flowers, it shows that the city's a couple of hundred meters away and there's no Yellow Brick Road.

Correction: Its true there is no yellow brick road because they didn't follow the road around the poppy field they took a shortcut through the poppy field.

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.

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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: 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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