The Wizard of Oz

Revealing mistake: When everyone is still in the poppy field, after the snowstorm, Dorothy says "Look. Emerald City is closer and prettier than ever." Look behind the Lion just as Dorothy says the word "City" and you'll see that the wire attached to his tail brushes over the top of some of the poppies, knocking the snow off. (00:57:15)

Jeff Swanson

Revealing mistake: When the group is waiting to see the Wizard, the Lion sings the "If I Were King" song. The Tin Man grabs a flower pot and breaks it to make a crown. When the crown falls off the Lion's head later, it bounces around like plastic. (01:07:20)

Revealing mistake: If you listen closely, during the singing of "We're Off To See The Wizard" by Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man, you can recognise Buddy Ebsen's gravelly voice. He was the original Tin Man, but had a reaction to the makeup. They had already recorded the songs and it was too expensive to re-do it. (This film was WAY over budget and they couldn't waste time and money re-recording songs) (00:47:30)

Audio problem: When Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Tinman are in the forest where they find Lion, the first time Dorothy says "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my" her mouth doesn't move at first but when the camera cuts to the next shot her mouth finishes the phrase. (00:48:45)

Continuity mistake: The Wicked Witch leaves Dorothy and runs to grab the hourglass. The mortar and pestle on the left of the hourglass disappear between shots. (01:17:50)

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Other mistake: When entering the Haunted Forest, the Scarecrow is carrying a pistol and a stick, the Lion has a bug sprayer and net, the Tin Man has a monkey wrench and his axe. But different scenes after that shows some items missing and then returning. I guess in the "Jitterbug" scene that was cut, they lost all those things but the axe. (01:13:15 - 01:16:00)

Revealing mistake: When the foursome are granted permission to see the Wizard, they get up, link arms and proceed up the steps. You can see the wire that holds up the Lion's tail get caught in front of the Scarecrow's arm. He then lets it loose very carefully by unlinking his arm. (01:08:30)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dorothy and the Lion are asleep in the poppy field as the snow is falling, there is at least one if not two close-up shots of Dorothy's face showing no snow falling around her at all. (00:56:35)

Continuity mistake: Dorothy's hair is long and almost straight in some shots and short and curly when the camera pans back to her. This happens throughout the movie.

Continuity mistake: The blue shirted Lollipop Guilder comes from around the fallen house at the beginning of "Come Out Come Out," but he immediately appears emerging from a jet black manhole (with a black lip where the cover goes) in middle of the yellow brick in front of the house. (00:23:15)

Other mistake: When the Wicked Witch is giving the orders to the Nikko, the Head Winged Monkey, it shows his troops flying away before he's even finished receiving his orders. (01:14:40)

Continuity mistake: The pole that the Scarecrow was on moves out in front of the corn at the end of the scene as Dorothy and the Scarecrow run off and sing, "We're off to see the Wizard". (00:38:50)

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Revealing mistake: When the Tin Man breaks the flower pot for the Lion in the palace you can see the lines that it is supposed to break on. (01:00:55)

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Continuity mistake: At the end when the Wizard and Dorothy are in the balloon basket, the tie down ropes on the right side keep going from tied to untied and back to tied again through different shots. (01:34:55)

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Continuity mistake: After both Dorothy and Scarecrow have oiled Tin Man's elbows, Dorothy pulls the Tin Man's arm down and 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)

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Visible crew/equipment: As the Munchkins sing "Ding Dong The Witch is Dead" " the shadow of the cameraman and someone else can be seen on the nest of the green Munchkin eggs as they hatch into little pink Munchlets. (00:26:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy is at the end of the movie confronting the Wizard about going home, since she killed the Witch, Toto goes over to the curtain and you can see him tied up to it as he opens it. Dorothy then goes over there and automatically has him in her arms - she didn't even need to bend down and pick Toto up. (01:28:55)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Wizard is about to bestow 'awards', the Scarecrow is lined up second from the left as the Wizard begins to speak. In the next shot while the Wizard is still speaking, the Scarecrow 'jumps' to the far right. (01:29:10)

Continuity mistake: Dorothy throws water at the Wicked Witch not knowing it will melt her. If you look closely the witch is drenched when it hits her but in the next close up shot she doesn't have a drop of water on her. (01:26:20)

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Continuity mistake: In the poppy field Dorothy falls down with the basket at her side. No one touches it but in the close-up it's by her head. (00:55:45)

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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: At the very end of the movie after Dorothy says "Oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home," normally, it fades out to the credits, but once - and only once - when I was very young, I thought I remembered seeing the camera pan away from her face and down to the foot of the bed where you see the ruby slippers tucked underneath the bed, then a fade to the credits. It is obviously a black-and-white shot, but there were the glittering shoes. Has anyone else seen this version of the ending?

Macalou

Answer: Another fine example of the Mandela Effect. None of the "making of" books reference this alternate ending. The original book ends with Dorothy losing the slippers on her journey back to Kansas.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Chosen answer: Yes. I'm sure I've seen that version. It shows that Dorothy didn't just dream about Oz and makes for a more satisfying conclusion. This version was original but edited out because it didn't follow the book's storyline for "Return to Oz" and the other long series of Oz books. The sequel pertains that she loses the slippers in transit back to her home and falls to the gnome king who destroys Oz which in turn causes Dorothy to return. So seeing the slippers at the end of the bed, while more satisfying, wouldn't really stay true to the Oz series.

I absolutely remember that version with the shoes at her bedside, but nobody I know remembers it.

Thank you! I remember that too but everyone I know thinks I'm nuts.

I remember that version and after that I expected to see the same ending but no I never saw that ending again. I got the response that no-one I know saw that ending of the movie where the ruby slippers being on her feet in her bed. Thank you for that answer. This was a long time mystery.

I absolutely remember that scene.

I remember that too - and I've asked so many people and they said no, I must have dreamed it. Thank you.

I saw that version once when I was a little kid too! I remember it vividly. Now I know I'm not crazy.

Answer: This seems to be one of those mass examples of people remembering something that never happened. There are also other variations, like people claiming to remember the film switching to color as the shot pans down to her slipper-clad feet, or the slippers being in color against the sepia-toned B&W footage. But sadly, it seems no officially released version of the film has had such an ending. It's similar to how everyone thinks Darth Vader says "Luke, I am your father," or how everyone thinks Humphrey Bogart says "Play it again, Sam!", even though neither of those lines are real, and people are merely incorrectly remembering them. The film is so ingrained in pop-culture, that people think they know it forwards-and-back, and false memories are created.

TedStixon

I agree that people think they remember things that never happened, but usually for things like this, remembering a scene wrong misquoting a movie lines, it comes from parody versions and people are (correctly) remembering the parody. I've never seen "Silence of the Lambs", but I know the line "Hello, Clarice" from films like "Cable Guy" and not from a false memory of the film.

Bishop73

Answer: https://criticsrant.com/mythbusters-dorothys-ruby-slippers/ This website gives some confirmation it's one of those myths that spread around and get mixed up in people's memories to being convinced they have seen it despite no evidence of it existing. In a film as big as the Wizard of Oz where die hard fans have collected original scripts, notes, and "lost" imagery over the years; we certainly would have something to back this up other than eye witness memory. Especially if it supposedly made it to the final print for viewing audiences as the original Wizard of Oz footage has been carefully preserved, as it's considered one of the most important films of all time. This footage wouldn't be completely lost if it made it to final showing print. Surely somebody would have posted it by now on YouTube. It is possible somebody made a skit or parody of this though contributing to the idea that it was actually in a print of the real movie.

Answer: I remember this being part of a special that was hosted by Angela Lansbury in 1990 and they showed that this ending was considered for the movie. For many years I couldn't remember why I remembered that ending and Angela Lansbury until I looked it up. I wish that it had been left like that. Kids always want their dreams to come true.

Answer: I and a friend of mine remember seeing the ruby slippers under Dorthy's bed at the end of the movie. Glad to know we didn't imagine it.

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