The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: When Dorothy first walks on the pig sty the piece of wire that tangles around her foot is dead center right between the two fence posts. When we eventually see her fall in, the wire has been moved about a foot to the right. (00:04:00)

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Revealing mistake: Whenever Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion go off into the horizon you can see the line on the floor of the sound stage where the fake horizon is and the scene cuts off right as the four get to that point. (00:57:35)

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Visible crew/equipment: As Dorothy is leaving Munchkinland the shadow of the camera on its dolly can be seen on the floor to the right of the screen as several Munchkins almost get run over. The shadow of the cameraman's head can be seen on the bottom right of the screen as they pass her house. (00:33:15)

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Continuity mistake: Before they meet the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy starts to say "Lions and Tigers and Bears" and the axe jumps from the Tin Man's left hand to his right between shots. (00:48:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy walks on the pig sty Zeke walks to his right, looks into, than passes the bucket on the right because it's empty. He then picks up the bucket behind it on the bench and proceeds to feed the pigs. He empties the first bucket then picks up the second empty bucket, which is now three quarters full. (00:03:55)

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Continuity mistake: When the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man are chopping down the witch's door to free Dorothy before the hourglass runs out, they are dressed in the guards' uniforms. We see the axe hit the door, and in the next wide shot they are not in the uniforms. There is a slight view of the uniforms in a pile on the floor, as if the trio had changed out of them between axe blows. (01:24:00)

Revealing mistake: As the cyclone carries the farmhouse through the air, it is evident that the walls of Dorothy's bedroom are not solid walls, but fabric-covered flats. They flutter and vibrate in the wind. (00:17:50)

Continuity mistake: Before the four go in to see the Wizard, and as they speak to him, Toto jumps from right to left between shots several times. (01:09:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Dorothy first walks around Munchkinland, the bright ruby slippers are seen sticking out under the right window of the house. Later when the Munchkins come out we see the same spot again and the slippers aren't there. (00:20:40 - 00:23:15)

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Revealing mistake: When Dorothy's bedroom is flying away to Oz, there's wind blowing everywhere and bits of hay falling. However, the hay is coming from inside the room, instead of outside, and the papers on the table next to the window don't blow away nor move an inch.

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Continuity mistake: The bows in Dorothy's hair are tied differently throughout the scene with Glinda the witch in Munchkinland. (00:19:40 - 00:21:30)

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Continuity mistake: The Wizard shouts, "I can't come back I don't know how it works" and the Scarecrow is on Dorothy's left. In the next shot he's on her right. (01:35:10)

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie Miss Gulch parks her bike on the fence in front of the Gale's house and it's obvious that the fence continues in the same direction past the gate. When Dorothy comes back during the storm the fence now curves around right after the gate. (00:08:15 - 00:15:25)

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Visible crew/equipment: Aunt Em gives Dorothy a cruller and says to her, "Â…and find yourself a place where you won't get into any trouble". Just as Aunt Em runs away you can see an equipment shadow fall across Dorothy's dress. (00:05:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: Dorothy asks the Wicked Witch, "What are you gonna do with my dog? and a stage light shines against the painted backdrop outside her window. (01:16:20)

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Revealing mistake: You can see strings attached to the witches monkeys as they fly, and also strings from their bodies to their wings, to give the wings that flapping effect. (01:11:20)

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Continuity mistake: As they enter the scene with the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow falls and then jumps over a patch of weeds growing in the middle of the Yellow Brick Road. In the next shot he does the exact same thing only about three feet behind the patch of weeds that he jumped over before. (00:48:00)

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Continuity mistake: At the Witch's door the Tin Man is not the wearing his metal suit underneath the guards clothing. Look at his waist. (01:23:30)

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Revealing mistake: When it starts to snow in the poppy field, Dorothy falls asleep, followed by the lion. In many of the later shots, a thin wire attached to the lion is visible the entire time.

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Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch Tries to take the Ruby slippers from Dorothy it's obvious in the shot from behind that her right sock is pulled higher than her left. In the next shot they're both even. (01:16:50)

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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: The "tornado" was a thirty-five foot long muslin stocking, photographed with miniatures of a Kansas farm and fields.

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Question: Did Dorothy really go to Oz or was it a dream? Because, in return to Oz at the end, she sees Ozma (the good witch in her mirror) or was that just her imagination/a dream too?

Answer: In the film it's left ambiguous. At the end it's strongly implied that she was dreaming. The characters she meets all look like people she actually knows. In the original book, she actually went to Oz.

Answer: Return to Oz was not a direct sequel to the 1939 film. One was developed by Disney and the other by MGM. Return to Oz is actually an adaptation-fusion of the second and third Oz books, that contains elements from the 1939 film (like the Ruby slippers and the Oz/Kansas counterparts) because that's what people are most familiar.

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