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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) [Fantasy]

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Published on 31 May 2020 / In Classic Films

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a 1910 silent fantasy film and the earliest surviving film version of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, made by the Selig Polyscope Company without Baum's direct input. It was created to fulfill a contractual obligation associated with Baum's personal bankruptcy caused by The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays, from which it was once thought to have been derived. It was partly based on the 1902 stage musical, though much of the film deals with the Wicked Witch of the West, who does not appear in the musical.

In Kansas, Dorothy and Betsy are chased into the cornfield by the mule, Hank, and the farmhands draw their muskets at the beast. Dorothy discovers in the field that the family scarecrow is alive. The Scarecrow builds a haystack and warns Dorothy and the farm animals to take cover. A cyclone appears overhead and carries the haystack away, thus letting it fall into the Land of Oz.

In Oz, the travelers meet the Tin Woodsman and the Lion. When they enter a forest, Momba the Witch flies out the window as her soldiers come out of the cottage, they are all captured and led into the witch's jail-house. After defeating the wicked witch, the travelers arrive at the Emerald City for the retirement party of the Wizard.


Directed by Otis Turner, produced by William Selig, written by Otis Turner, based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, starring Bebe Daniels.


Source: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910 film)" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 25 June 2012. Web. 14 July 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T....he_Wonderful_Wizard_

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