The Wizard of Oz

Visible crew/equipment: Glinda sends Dorothy off saying, "Just follow the Yellow Brick Road" and Dorothy walks through the shadow of the camera's crane. (00:32:05)

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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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Visible crew/equipment: While Dorothy and the other characters are cornered in the witch's castle, when Dorothy grabs the bucket of water and tosses it at Scarecrow's arm the water hits the witch. In the closeup of the witch's face, you can see a crew member's hand (a long sleeve can be seen at the wrist) in the upper left side of the shot.

Visible crew/equipment: As Dorothy and the Scarecrow dance off and sing, "We're off to see the Wizard" moving spot lights and equipment shadows can be seen on the grass on the right of the Yellow Brick Road. (00:39:00)

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Visible crew/equipment: As the talking trees throw their apples at Dorothy and the Scarecrow, look closely at the upper right hand side of the screen. An off camera crew member is shaking one of the trees back and forth as all of the others stand motionless. (00:40:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: As the door keeper tells them he will get them to the Wizard the camera shadow can be seen moving across the green door. (01:08:15)

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Visible crew/equipment: Dorothy walks around Munchkinland and when we first see the Munchkin's heads popping up the crew's shadow can be seen on the flowers to the right of the screen. (00:20:55)

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Visible crew/equipment: As they enter the poppy field their shadows can be seen against the painted wall as they walk in front of a stage light just before and after they come into view. (00:54:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: In the close-up when Dorothy sings, "With the thoughts you'd been thinking you could be another Lincoln, if you only had a brain" look closely and you can see the shadow of the camera man on the Scarecrow's arm. (00:36:55)

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Visible crew/equipment: The seams in the floorboard under the Haunted Forest set can be seen several times under the leaves. The best is in the close-ups of Toto. (01:15:30 - 01:19:35)

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Visible crew/equipment: As they enter Oz an equipment shadow can be seen moving on the guards back as they pass by with the purple horse pulling them. (01:00:35)

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the very beginning, when Dorothy is with Prof. Marvel, after she runs out of his trailer and the wind starts blowing, he follows her and goes towards his horse tied up outside. As he's walking towards the horse, you can see the shadow of a boom mic along his trailer. (00:14:55)

Visible crew/equipment: When Dorothy lands in Oz and exits the house to Munchkinland, the camera pans around the land. When it slowly pans over a large bed of tall flowers, you can clearly see a very large shadow passing over them. Obviously the shadow of camera equipment or a camera crane. (00:19:10)

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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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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: When the Wicked Witch scares the Munchkins in Munchkinland, where Dorothy lands, she disappears into a cloud of smoke she creates. But you can see her sneak down into a trap door below. [As a sidenote to this entry, Margaret Hamilton was hospitalized for severe burns after a take of this shot (not the final one used) when the stage elevator got stuck and the explosion went off.] (00:30:45)

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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: 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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