The Wizard of Oz

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)

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Continuity mistake: Prior to the Tin Man's dance after he's saved by Dorothy and the Scarecrow, there is a shot of Dorothy with the Scarecrow and the Scarecrow is holding the oil can. The camera turns to the dancing Tin Man and when it turns back to Dorothy and the Scarecrow, the oil can has somehow ended up in Dorothy's hand basket.

Continuity mistake: During most of the movie, all the characters have at least three shadows, and when the guy that guards the entrance to the Wizard first goes in to speak with him, he has at least 4 or 5.

Revealing mistake: After Scarecrow bounces off all the fence rails and goes back to do it again, the film is simply being rewound - the fence rails vibrate before the Scarecrow actually hits them. (Deleted scene - which are valid mistakes.)

Continuity mistake: During the Tin Man dance, Toto switches from one side of the Tin Man to the other side without walking there.

Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch leans down to see the ruby slippers sticking out from under the house she is pointing down at them, and practically touches them. But in the subsequent shots, she is in her standing spot from prior, pointing between Dorothy and the house.

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Continuity mistake: When the Tin Man tells Dorothy that he was chopping that tree, she starts to turn her head to look at the tree. But then in the jump cut closer, suddenly she's looking back at the Tin Man.

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Continuity mistake: When the witch is making her way towards the house a shadow disappears and reappears.

Other mistake: When the witch approaches Dorothy and Glinda, her legs are white, not green.

Continuity mistake: Dorothy's giant lollipop disappears after the witch appears.

Continuity mistake: When Prof. Marvel holds the photograph, his fingers disappear in the close-up.

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Continuity mistake: As the Professor is revealed behind the curtain, his right hand is busily working one of the silver levers. A second later, it's working one of the red levers above the big dial.

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Continuity mistake: When the Tin Man is levitated and falls to the ground the metal covering his left leg is crumpled up. When we see him again from behind as the flying monkeys attack, the metal covering his leg has never been bent. The metal on his lower back has also been repaired since the fall. (01:14:05 - 01:15:05)

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Continuity mistake: If you look at the cracks in the floor, the Wicked Witch's cape moves between shots after she is "melted". (01:26:45)

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

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Continuity mistake: When the Witch turns the hourglass, the spoon in the mortar behind her moves around between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Toto runs away from the castle and Dorothy starts to cry. The angle changes and her left arm is now raised and she is also not crying as bitterly as in the previous frame.

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Continuity mistake: Dorothy arrives at Prof. Marvel's cart and stands very close to the sign on the side. When the angle changes, she is standing several meters behind.

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Continuity mistake: When the Witch flies off to Emerald City the monkey is standing by the window sill. The outside angle, where the window and rest of the set are a matte painting, has the Witch superimposed, but not the monkey.

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Continuity mistake: Dorothy's house is outside of the tornado when we first see it up in the air. Then they are immediately inside the tornado. (00:17:15)

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Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?

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Trivia: Professor Marvel, the Cabbie, the doorman, the guard, and the wizard himself are all the same actor, Frank Morgan.

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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 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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