The Wizard of Oz

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)

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)

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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)

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: In the scene of the Haunted Forest, when Dorothy is taken away by two of the flying monkeys, you can see that as she's kicking her legs in the air that they are mechanical. The kicking is very stiff and inhuman. (01:15:30)

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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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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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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Dorothy: There's no place like home.

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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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