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
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.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: Even though he left production due to serious health problems, Buddy Ebsen actually does appear twice in movie in two different roles. First time he appears as Scarecrow (role for which he was originally cast) in first scenes with Dorothy. He is shown couple of times from behind. Second time he appears when Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion come to Witch's castle to rescue Dorothy. He plays Tin Man in all shots which shows three heroes from behind, including shot of them marching into castle.mirtom
Corrected entry: When the scarecrow is singing, "If I Only had a Brain", as he dances around the flowers on the fence seem to disappear and then appear again.
Corrected entry: Before Dorothy goes home, she says a long and tearful goodbye to the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion. But originally she was going to fly off in a balloon with the Wizard, and just happened to jump out of the basket at the last second. Wouldn't she have already said her goodbyes before that? (Not that she wouldn't have said goodbye again, but the second time would have sounded a little different.)Krista
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.
Corrected entry: When The Scarecrow says that he can be released from the pole by 'Turning that nail', the pole holding him up is briefly shown - it's obvious that the pole goes up *inside* his jacket - therefore, he couldn't fall down & forward to be free of the pole; the best he could do is fall to the ground with a pole up the back of his shirt.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Dorothy starts at the beginning of the yellow brick road, which is a spiral, at her second revolution, you can see the Mayor in the scene to the right. As Dorothy gets near the low huts the scene switches. As she goes out of town, you see the Mayor again alongside the road on the right.
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.
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.
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?
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...."
Corrected entry: When they are leaving the Haunted Forest, you can see a crew member with a can creating fog.
Corrected entry: When the Munchkins come out onto the Yellow Brick Road, one of them comes out of a sewer hatch on the yellow bricks. A few minutes later, as Dorothy begins her journey, there is an overhead shot and another shot afterwards in which you can tell that this sewer hatch has disappeared.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: When the 4 characters are in the witch's forest, the flying monkeys come out and take them, when they take the Scarecrow apart, the scene changes to the castle then back to them fixing the Scarecrow's straw, when he stands up and says "Don't you see, he's come to take us to Dorothy" as he stands up you can see a small black ditch that Ray Bolger was sitting in to make it look like his head was lying there.
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
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.
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.
Corrected entry: During the Tin Man's dance, you can see a stagehand caught unaware as he dashes behind the cheesy tree props as he tries to hide.
Corrected entry: As the cyclone carries the farmhouse through the air, Dorothy views airbone animals and people through a window in the wall next to her bed, including the Witch on her broom. After the house lands, we see a shot of Dorothy emerging from her bedroom. The window has disappeared. There is now a solid wall next to the bed with what looks like a Bundt cake pan hanging on it.
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
Corrected entry: After the scarecrow gets a brain, he states the Pythagorean Theorem. However, he incorrectly says it applies to an isosceles triangle when it applies to a right triangle. He also not only gets the wrong kind of triangle, but he gets the equation wrong. He says "the sum of the square roots of any two sides...is equal to the square root of the remaining side." But it is really the sum of the SQUARES (not square roots). And it is not the sum of ANY two sides. It is the sum of the two sides that form the right angle. Ray Bolger, who played Scarecrow, couldn't get the theory right on any of the many takes because he had to say it very fast. In the end, the filmmakers decided to simply use the best take, even though he says it wrongly.
Corrected entry: The crown that falls off the lion's head falls behind the scarecrow as they sit in front of the door. When they get up it is gone.
Corrected entry: When the four of them are in the haunted forest searching for the wicked witch with the weapons, after the tin man is lifted in the air and falls the scarecrow throws his gun to the ground, and as it hits, the gun suddenly disappears.
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?