The Wizard of Oz

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.


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

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.


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: 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.

Corrected entry: After Dorothy pulls the Tin Man's arm down we see her throw the apple that she's holding down behind him. In the next shot it reappears in her left hand. (00:41:55)


Correction: No she didn't throw that apple down. Look again, she put it in her other hand and picked up the can.

Correction: First scene with the Tin Man, Dorothy switches the apple from her left hand to the right. A litter later when she says, "Goodness," Dorothy throws the apple to the ground. After Tin Man explains how he rusted, the apple is again in her left hand.


This is incorrect. At the beginning of the scene, she has an apple in each hand. She drops the apple in her left hand, then switches the remaining apple from her right hand to her left hand when she finds the oil can. The apple remains in her left hand for the remainder of the scene. You can watch the scene here:

Jason Hoffman

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.


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

Corrected entry: "The Wizard Of Oz" is apparently set at or about 1900. The wide rubber tire tied to a tree limb as a swing and seen several times early in the film is of much more modern vintage.


Correction: I believe this is not an accurate assessment regarding the time-setting, as Toto jumps into the seat of a tractor during "Over the Rainbow," also the fashions of 1900 America would never allow Dorothy Gale (or any female) to show their ankles; however it would make sense for Miss Gulch's fashion sense to be 20-30 years behind the times. Also note that Miss Gulch's bicycle is not turn-of-the-century; the Wizard states, when he was "acclaimed Oz, the first Wizard de Luxe," that, "times being what they were, I took the job," an explicit reference to the Depression, which was of course occurring at the time. Just a few observations. :).

Corrected entry: The Director - Victor Fleming, was working on "Gone with the Wind" at the same time.

Correction: Not true. He moved on to Gone with the Wind when most of Oz was finished. King Vidor came in and finished the Kansas scenes.

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.


Correction: Not true. Ebsen was recast as the Tin Man before any footage was shot. And all of his scenes as the Tin Man were reshot after his departure. The hair, costumes, and makeup were all different from his time on the film so there would have been dramatic mis-matches.


Corrected entry: When the Wicked Witch of the West is writing the message in the sky for Dorothy, she begins with one letter. Two shots later, the entire message is written, without enough time for her to have written it all.


Correction: They do this all the time in movies. There's no reason to make the audience sit through the Witch writing the entire message, so if they show a beginning and an end, the audience knows the message had been written.

Corrected entry: Regarding the Tin Man: tin doesn't rust.

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.

White Lock

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.

Correction: The flowers don't disappear, they're still there. The shot that you're talking about just shows the edge of the fence, which is not covered with the flowers.

Corrected entry: The bows in Dorothy's hair are tied differently throughout the scene with Glinda the witch. (00:19:40 - 00:21:30)


Correction: Too vague. Dorothy has a few scenes with Glinda.

Corrected entry: Before Dorothy walks on the pig sty, Uncle Henry can be seen on the far right side of the screen. He stops, stands there for about 10 seconds and then walks to the right. In the next shot he's gone. (00:03:45)


Correction: In this scene the camera never swings back far enough to see him again.

Corrected entry: When Dorothy is knocked unconscious there is a brown pillowcase on her bed. Several shots later when she wakes up it's white. (00:17:05)


Correction: The reason why it changed from brown to white is because it went from sepia toned to color. The original scene was shot in black and white, so it was originally white, but the people who re-mastered it thought that the sepia tone would look better. The pillowcase was always white: it was just the way that it was remastered in sepia that made it look brown.

Corrected entry: In the poppy field the tin man says "this is terrible" but his lips don't match up with what he's saying. (00:55:55)


Correction: It's the Scarecrow that says, "This is terrible", not Tin Man.

Corrected entry: In the beginning, after the Wicked Witch talks to Glinda and Dorothy, she goes to disappear into the trap door. You can see she doesn't remember where the trap door is and has to go around in a circle to get to it. (00:30:45)

Correction: It does not appear that she is unable to find the trap door; she makes the circle to sweep her skirt around her for dramatic effect before she disappears.

BocaDavie Premium member

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.)


Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. She was obviously going to say her goodbyes from inside the basket before taking off. When the balloon left without her she said her goodbyes on the ground instead.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: Studio lights are seen reflected in Dorothy's bedroom window as it rips off due to the twister. (00:16:20)

Hamster Premium member

Correction: I have watched this scene several times, and there are no studio lights reflected.

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: Hunk takes off his left glove after he hits it with the hammer. In the next shot it's back on again. (00:03:45)


Correction: Hunk was not seen in the very next shot or the next shot after that. He had plenty of time to put it back on.

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)


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.

Corrected entry: Judy Garland was actually born Frances Ethel Gumm, and changed her name in 1939.

Correction: Trivia, perhaps, but not for this movie.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the Lion is running out of the Wizard's chamber down the long green hallway, take a close look at the face of the Lion as he is running, just before he leaps into the glass window - it is clearly NOT Bert Lahr, but a younger, thinner stand-in. (01:12:35)

Correction: That probably was his stunt double, but I'm sorry it is impossible to tell. His entire costume was heavily padded, there's no way to tell his weight. His face was a mask except for his mouth, there's no way to tell it's a younger guy. My only explanation for you is you're so convinced it's obvious as you know it's the stunt double.

Corrected entry: After the severe injuries that she received earlier in the production Margret Hamilton closes her eyes in anticipation of the orange smoke that engulfs her as she disappears from the roof after she throws the ball of fire at the scarecrow. (00:46:25)


Correction: Why exactly isn't the witch allowed to close her eyes? I haven't gotten severe injuries and I would've shut my eyes if smoke was about to engulf me. There's no reason for her not to close her eyes.

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.

Correction: The pole is not up under his shirt - he's held up by wires.


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: In the scene where Dorothy tells the scarecrow that he can go with her to see the wizard he yells "Hooray." If you listen closely you can hear him say 'hooray' quietly few seconds before this but his mouth isn't moving.

Correction: The audio here is not overdubbed and this doesn't happen.


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.

Correction: He had plenty of time to get there.


Corrected entry: When the Wicked Witch tries to take the Ruby slippers from Dorothy, she screams before the sparks start shooting out of the Ruby slippers. (01:16:55)


Correction: So she felt the magic before anyone could see mistake.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: As Dorothy sings "Over the Rainbow" Toto is looking at his trainer off camera as he gets his cue to give her his paw. (00:07:25)


Correction: OR he's just looking around, as dogs do. A dog glancing over an actor's shoulder is hardly a movie mistake.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: The day Judy Garland died, a tornado struck Kansas.

Correction: Interesting coincidence, but not trivia for the film.

Jason Hoffman

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.

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: When the Wicked Witch reaches down to take the ruby slippers off of Dorothy's feet, the shoes are glittering. Once the sparks start flying from the slippers, the glittering stops.

Correction: It's said in this movie that they have powerful magic. It's very likely that was the result of the powerful magic it had to use to make the sparks fly.

Corrected entry: The red smoke that makes the witch disappear effect begins coming out of the ground about a second before the witch gets to her mark.


Correction: The witch is the one making the smoke. She's magical she can make the smoke come up 5 minutes before she intends to leave if she wants.

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.

Movie_Freak 1

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, not a film mistake.

Super Grover Premium member

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.

Correction: It's clear from the movie that either Dorothy dreamed of Oz the whole time, or that Oz is a magical place (or both). Either scenario would allow for a disappering or hidden sewer.

Matty Blast

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 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

Corrected entry: When Dorothy first hears the Scarecrow and she doesn't know who is talking, the Scarecrow's mouth doesn't move for his first few lines.

Correction: Not really an audio problem. I'm sure it was written and directed that way. It seems pretty obvious.

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: 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.

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.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man are trying to free Dorothy, the door has door knobs, but after the Tin Man strikes it, the door has no fixtures.

Correction: When the Tin Man strikes the door, he hit the higher part of the door and the handles aren't visible in that shot.

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.

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.

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.

Correction: It is not a ditch, it is a rock. In the first scene, where he is unstuffed, he is in an open area. In the second scene he is sitting up with a tree right behind him. There is no ditch because this is not the place where he lay when he was unstuffed.

Corrected entry: During the scene where the Tin man begins chopping down the door to save Dorothy there are no handles but when he continues chopping the handles appear.

Correction: The handles are there, they are just farther down the door than can be seen in the tight shot when the ax first hits the door. The wide shot as they approach the door shows the handles on the door. What I wonder is why they use the ax at all, since there doesn't actually seem to be any locking mechanism for the door on the outside or the inside.

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: 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.


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.

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: In the haunted forest when the Tin Man is levitated then dropped, the tin surrounding his lower left leg gets bent on impact. Later in the movie, the tin is perfectly formed and unbent.


Correction: The bent tin is on his upper left leg, not lower.


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.

Corrected entry: The Wizard claims to have been in Kansas when his balloon was whisked off to Oz, yet the balloon reads State Fair, Omaha. Omaha is in Nebraska, not Kansas.

Correction: He didn't say the balloon was from Kansas, though. It's likely he got it at the Nebraska State Fair and has been using it since.

Bob Blumenfeld Premium member

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.

Correction: I looked and I looked and I looked (even in slow-motion on my DVD) - and, frankly, there's NO stagehand visible anywhere in the background.

cinecena Premium member

Corrected entry: During the scene where Dorothy and the Scarecrow are inspecting the Tinman for the first time, Dorothy starts out with an apple in her right hand, switches it to her left and then drops it behind the Tinman. But in the next shot, it's back in her left hand.

Correction: Dorothy has an apple in each hand at first. She drops the apple that was in her left hand and, when trying to pick it up, she finds Tin Man. Then, she stands and we can see that she REACHES to pick the apple - that's why she still has two apples in the next shot and why she can drop the apple again.

cinecena Premium member

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

Corrected entry: If it's so painful when Dorothy picks an apple from the talking trees, why do they pick their own apples to throw them at her?

Correction: The tree never said it was "painful". It only said it wasn't right for Dorothy to pick the apples just because she wanted to.

cinecena Premium member

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.

Correction: The wall seen when Dorothy leaves her room after landing in OZ is NOT the same wall where the window is. The confusion could come from the fact her bed changes positions in the room after the fall. But, even so, we can even see the daylight reflection on the wall, indicating the existence of a window.

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Corrected entry: When Dorothy is handed the posy of flowers in MunchkinLand, most of them are blue, but when she steps onto the Yellow Brick Road, they turn to yellow.

Correction: Not a mistake: the posy of flowers countain flowers of a lot of colors. Depending on the positions we see it, the predominant color will be different.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Dorothy and the Scarecrow meet the Tinman and oil him, they do not oil his legs. Later in the scene, he begins to dance as if his legs were oiled.

Correction: As he's walking down to the Yellow Brick Road, the Tin Man's knees lock up, and they do have to oil his legs.


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.


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.

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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 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.

Correction: I think this was an intentional mistake - proving that even with a brain the scarecrow is still quite stupid - and I guess it was thrown in for humour. If you've seen the episode of The Simpsons where homer finds a pair of glasses in the toilet, puts them on and states the above mentioned quote - a guy in one of the cubicles replies: "That's a RIGHT triangle, ya idiot!"

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.

Correction: If you look very close you can just see the crown at the lower right of the screen as they go inside.

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.

Correction: The Scarecrow steps on the gun, which hides it from view.

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.

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

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