The Wizard of Oz

Visible crew/equipment: In Munchkinland as the Wicked Witch of the West walks over to her sister the shadow of the cameraman can be seen going across the Wicked Witch of The East's shoes from left to right. (00:29:40)


Visible crew/equipment: When the Wizard says, "Do you presume to criticize the great Oz?" look closely at the curtain as a crew member behind the curtain attaches it onto Toto so he can pull it open. (01:28:20)


Visible crew/equipment: The four run away from the guards and leave the tower where the Wicked Witch is eventually melted. If you look closely in the two long shots from above them, the Tin Man reflects the bright stage light that is placed below them at the first bend of the walkway, on top of the Witch's castle. (01:25:25)


Visible crew/equipment: After we first meet the three farmhands, Dorothy asks Zeke what to do about Miss Gulch. As he walks off to feed the pigs he steps into the camera's shadow. (00:03:20)


Visible crew/equipment: After they meet the cowardly lion and all four go off dancing and singing "We're Off to See the Wizard" a stage light flickers in the upper left background. (00:52:55)


Visible crew/equipment: Dorothy's bedroom window flies open in the tornado and the shadow of a crew member is moving on the wall on the right of the screen. (00:17:00)


Visible crew/equipment: Studio lights are reflected in the Wicked Witch's large crystal ball, as Dorothy sits down and cries beside it, just before she sees her Auntie in it. (01:15:10)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Dorothy walks out of her house in Munchkinland, shadows cast by the trees can be seen on the painted hills right behind them. (00:20:20)


Visible crew/equipment: The Wicked Witch looks at them in the Haunted Forest through her crystal ball and the wires holding Nikko's wings can be seen as they flop around. (01:14:20)


Visible crew/equipment: As the Wicked Witch stands on the balcony with the hour glass a cameraman's shadow can be seen moving across it near the hour glass. (01:24:15)


Visible crew/equipment: As the Wicked Witch prepares to leave for the Emerald City on her broomstick shadows appear on the painted wall depicting the sky behind her. (00:57:50)


Visible crew/equipment: A large equipment shadow can be seen moving onto the Yellow Brick Road in the long shot as they dance off to Oz after leaving the poppy field. (00:57:40)


Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the movie, Dorothy says to the Wizard, "Oh, will you? Could you?" and the cameraman's shadow is seen on her dress. (01:32:35)


Visible crew/equipment: As Dorothy walks out of her house in Munchkinland the camera pans right then comes back again and the light from a spotlight dead center that has been bumped can be seen shaking above the blue brook. (00:20:20)


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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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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