The Wizard of Oz

Revealing mistake: The wires can be seen behind the Tin Man as he is lifted up in the Haunted Forest. (01:13:55)

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Continuity mistake: As Zeke starts to put the feed into the trough there isn't any pig near him. In the next shot a large pig is feeding. (00:04:00)

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Continuity mistake: In the shot from behind them, the three look down at the entrance to the Wicked Witch's castle and the Scarecrow picks Toto up in his arms. In the next shot Toto is on a rock barking. (01:21:40)

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Continuity mistake: Dorothy walks around Munchkinland and the large lily pads in the pond change positions between shots several times. (00:20:40)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion are confronting the Wizard behind the curtain, as the Wizard tells Scarecrow that anybody can have a brain, suddenly there are a bunch of flowers (they're not Dorothy's flowers from Munchkinland) set on top of the Wizard's machine. There is no explanation, and you can't see anyone placing them there. (01:28:45 - 01:29:30)

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Revealing mistake: When they meet the Wizard for the first time, his big projected head doesn't reflect off the shiny floor, like everything else. (01:09:54)

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Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch of the West asks Dorothy who killed her sister, Dorothy has Glinda's wand across her chest. A shot later Glinda is holding it straight up, away from her.

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Continuity mistake: When the group reads the sign in the Haunted Forest, the lion holds the handle of the butterfly net away from his breast. In the next shot it's pressed against it.

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Continuity mistake: As Dorothy balances on the pigsty Zeke feeds the pigs. The bucket he passes by on his right is smooth without any ridges on its sides and the bucket he picks up from the bench has a visible indentation about one inch below the rim. He empties the first bucket than picks up the second, which shouldn't have an indentation around it but does. (00:03:55)

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Continuity mistake: When the Tin Man crowns the Lion with the broken flower pot, he places the crown over the right ear, but in the next shot the crown is over the left ear. (01:06:00)

Continuity mistake: When the cyclone begins, two farmers run to protect the horses. One goes inside the stable and the other runs away. Half a second later he is standing next to the stable's door.

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Continuity mistake: The blue Lollipop Guilder scoots up to Dorothy with his hands in his pockets. In the next shot his thumbs are sticking out. (00:28:05)

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Continuity mistake: When the group emerges from the woods and is looking at the Emerald City, from the front Toto is about ten or fifteen feet to the left, standing on a rock. It then cuts to Dorothy for just a second, and then to a shot of the group from the back, and Toto is suddenly right behind them. (00:54:35)

Krista

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the tornado is forcing everyone into the storm cellar, there is a bench lying on its side. In the next scene, when Dorothy arrives at the cellar, the bench is not only turned in an entirely different position and seems to have gotten bigger, but a wash tub has been placed in front of it.

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Continuity mistake: Prior to the Wicked Witch attempting to retrieve the ruby slippers from her sister, Dorothy is seen standing in front of Glinda still holding the lollipop she was given. The camera then turns to the Wicked Witch of the West and when it turns back to Dorothy, the lollipop has disappeared.

Continuity mistake: The length of the bristles in the Witch's broom changes throughout the movie. (00:29:15 - 01:26:10)

Other mistake: As the Wizard is pulling his curtain closed, he says the famous, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain," in a loud, booming voice. But he's turned 180 degrees away from his microphone, which we see a second later needs to be right in front of his mouth to make the booming voice effect. (01:28:40)

Krista

Continuity mistake: When Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Tin Man start singing "Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my." they show a close up of Dorothy. She is facing her right in the close-up, but when they show all three, she is facing slightly to her left.

Continuity mistake: Just after Dorothy takes the cruller and before singing "Over the Rainbow", as she walks along the side of the building and Aunt Em says the words, "Help us out today," notice the wagon wheel leaning against the corner of the structure. Also notice that the fence just beyond the wheel has a broken top rail. Two shots later, a paddle appears and is now leaning against the wheel, and the fence is repaired. (00:05:15)

Bob-O-Matic

Scarecrow: The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. I've got a brain!

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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

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: 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.

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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: 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.

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.

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