The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: During the tornado scene at the farm Dorothy runs to the back of the house and the bench is turned over - when she returns the bench is upright .

Continuity mistake: As Glinda's bubble appears Dorothy walks off camera but we still see her standing there as her shadow is on the yellow brick road. When we first see Glinda Dorothy's shadow just disappears. (00:21:30)


Character mistake: When Dorothy and the others enter the Haunted forest, the sign reads "Witches Castle One Mile." "Witches" is plural. To be grammatically correct, it should have said "Witch's Castle," if one witch, or "Witches' Castle" if more than one.

Continuity mistake: As she talks to the Scarecrow, Dorothy says to Toto, "Wasn't he pointing the other way?". In several of the close up shots wind is blowing her hair around and in others it isn't. (00:34:30)


Continuity mistake: As the Wicked Witch walks over to her sister a rocking chair is protruding through the broken window. In the next shot the window frame disappears and it's not a rocking chair anymore that's protruding from the window. (00:29:45)


Continuity mistake: As the Wicked Witch says, "It's so kind of you to visit me in my loneliness" a red penknife is on the ledge to their left. In the next shot it disappears. (01:16:10)


Continuity mistake: Dorothy's basket has been moved without anyone going near it after the Wicked Witch leaves the roof top. (00:46:20 - 00:47:30)


Continuity mistake: As they dance out of the poppy field, the snow that is on them disappears between shots. (00:57:35)


Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Scarecrow comes down off the pole and onto the yellow brick road, some of his stuffing falls out. You can then see Dorothy pick it up and put it back in. After Dorothy agrees to take the Scarecrow with her and they begin to skip away, you can see the straw that Dorothy supposedly picked up and put back inside the Scarecrow on the road again. (00:37:45)

Revealing mistake: When Toto reveals the Wizard by pulling the curtain aside, he doesn't use his mouth; the curtain is tied to the dog. Dorothy can even be seen later removing the rope.


Continuity mistake: When the Scarecrow sings, " In trouble or in pain" Dorothy grabs him and is holding her basket with her left hand. In the next shot the basket is on her forearm. (00:36:55)


Continuity mistake: After the Wicked Witch leaves Munchkinland Dorothy is standing in front of Glinda one step below the top. In the next shot from behind she's two steps below Glinda. (00:30:55)


Continuity mistake: When Dorothy starts singing, "It really was no miracleÂ…" we see two Munchkins on the bridge. One in a red and white bonnet and the other has a distinctive blue hat. In the previous shot they are together on the other side of the stage on Dorothy's left. (00:23:40)


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)


Plot hole: In the scene where the Wicked Witch is furious because Dorothy and pals have been saved from the poppy field, the Flying Monkey hands her a golden cap. She then dashes the cap across the room. The golden cap is used in the book to summon the Flying Monkeys. They shot scenes involving use of the cap, edited them out, but left this one with the cap inexplicably being tossed about. (00:57:05)

Continuity mistake: When they first meet the Tin Man a purple bird with a red beak appears and disappears several times near the house behind them. (00:41:20 - 00:42:20)


Revealing mistake: As the Wicked Witch throws the hour glass down at them the stone statue on the left of the monkey is shaking. (01:24:45)


Continuity mistake: As she holds Toto in her left hand, Dorothy looks around Munchkinland and says, "We must be over the rainbow". In the next shot she's holding him in both hands. (00:21:00)


Continuity mistake: When Dorothy first spots the Scarecrow the piece of rope hanging off his left arm is about 1 inch long. Without touching it a few shots later it's grown longer by about four or five inches. (00:34:30)


Wicked Witch: Ohhh... You cursed brat! Look what you've DONE! I'm melting! Melting! Oh... What a world, what a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?!

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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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