The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: As she watches the Wicked Witch "melt", Dorothy holds the pail around the front with her arms. In the next shot she's holding it with her hands. (01:26:50)

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the movie, Dorothy says to the Wizard, "Oh, will you? Could you?" and the cameraman's shadow is seen on her dress. (01:32:35)

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Revealing mistake: Dorothy's bedroom window flies open and the wires pulling it can be seen glistening on the middle right of the screen. (00:17:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Toto escapes Dorothy says, "He got away, he got away" and both of her arms are on the ledge. In the next shot her right arm is above her head leaning on the wall. (01:17:40)

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Continuity mistake: In the poppy field when he starts to cry the tin man has a dark oily tear coming down his left eye that disappears in the next shot. (00:55:45)

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Continuity mistake: As they walk up to OZ, there are yellow flowers on the wall to their left. As the walk in we see the same spot behind them and the flowers are gone. (01:00:00)

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Continuity mistake: As they all leave the poppy field the bricks on the Yellow Brick road run left to right. In the next shot the bricks are at a 90-degree angle, now running lengthwise. (00:57:35)

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Audio problem: As the three look down at the entrance to the Wicked Witch's castle the guards in the back are playing drums that are not in synch with what we're hearing on the soundtrack. (01:20:45)

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Continuity mistake: When the Tin Man starts chopping the Witch's door his axe has marks all over it. Several shots later he raises it again to chop down another door and it's as new as the day he bought it. (01:23:35)

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Continuity mistake: After they meet the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch watches them in her crystal ball. They pass the same rock again that was next to them when they started to sing, "We're off to see the Wizard" and dance down the yellow brick road. (00:53:25)

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Visible crew/equipment: As Dorothy walks out of her house in Munchkinland the camera pans right then comes back again and the light from a spotlight dead center that has been bumped can be seen shaking above the blue brook. (00:20:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy says, "No, I just thought you hurt yourself" she takes her hand off the Scarecrow's shoulder. In the next shot her hand is back on his shoulder. (00:36:00)

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Continuity mistake: When the Scarecrow falls to the floor after his "If only I had a Brain" song, Dorothy goes to his aid and grabs his arm tight. But in the next shot, her hands are by her side, and she quickly grabs the Scarecrow's hand again, shaking it. (00:36:00)

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Revealing mistake: Throughout the movie, you can tell that if the main characters walking into the distance, the "faraway" landscape is a giant matte painting. (00:33:35)

Continuity mistake: Just before the group starts skipping towards the Emerald city, there is snow everywhere, but in the next shot, it's completely disappeared.

Continuity mistake: As the Wicked Witch watches them in her crystal ball Dorothy is holding a hanky in her hand and the oil can is held by the Scarecrow. In the previous shot the oil can is in her hand. (00:57:00)

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Continuity mistake: After the Scarecrow gets his diploma he says, "How can I ever thank you enough" and the diploma is near his face. In the next shot it's at his side. (01:30:15)

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Plot hole: When Dorothy makes the Scarecrow slip off his pole, his stuffing falls out. "I just keep picking it up and putting it back in again" he remarks. But if he was ALWAYS on the pole, it would not fall out. And even if it did, he could not, "pick it up and put it back in again".

Dorothy: There's no place like home.

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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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