The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: The mayor of the Munchkin city stands alone on the steps and proclaims, "Let the news be spread…" In the next shot Toto suddenly stands at his left. (00:26:55)


Continuity mistake: Before she sends her back to Kansas, Glinda's wand is pointing at Dorothy's feet. In the next shot when she says, "Toto too" the wand is in her left hand. (01:37:15)


Continuity mistake: In the first shot of them entering the forest before meeting the Cowardly Lion, Toto is nowhere to be seen. In the next shot he appears walking with them. He disappears again later when we first meet the lion. (00:48:00 - 00:49:10)


Continuity mistake: When they meet the Tin Man, after Dorothy picks up the oil can from the tree stump a leaf appears out of nowhere on it. It reappears and disappears several times. (00:41:15)


Continuity mistake: After the talking trees throw their apples at Dorothy she walks up a small hill and finds the Tin Man. If you look behind her there's a house across the Yellow Brick Road. We just saw this exact same spot in the previous shot as they were being pelted with the apples and the house is not there. (00:40:20)


Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch throws the hour glass down at them the monkey on her right runs and hides behind the statue. In the next shot he's back sitting right next to her. (01:24:45)


Audio problem: When the Lion runs out of the Wizard's chamber we hear noises but his mouth is not moving. (01:12:30)


Revealing mistake: As the Wicked Witch chases the four yelling "Seize them," they run around what looks like a concrete pillar. If you look closely it's covered with cloth that moves as they run by. (01:25:00)


Continuity mistake: When the Scarecrow sings, "… my heart all full of pain" he puts both of his hands over his heart. In the next shot he's dancing and his arms are waiving. (00:36:55)


Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch tells Nikko "throw that basket in the river and drown him" the knife in front of the basket to the right of the hour glass is pointing right in the direction of the round chain hook embedded in the concrete underneath. The next time we see this knife it has moved 90 degrees in relation to the chain hook, without anyone touching it. (01:16:45 - 01:17:20)


Other mistake: When Dorthy's house is falling back to Kansas, just before it lands, there is about a 1 or 2 second shot of what looks like production notes written in blue ink.

Continuity mistake: When the Munchkin in purple tells Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road, Toto runs ahead of Dorothy. In the next shot he's back behind her.

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Continuity mistake: The basket that the monkey keeps Toto in is falling apart in the front as a piece of wicker can be seen dangling off of it. After Toto runs away the basket has been turned around and the piece of wicker is no longer there. (01:16:45)


Other mistake: In the poppy field the tin man has hardly any of that artificial snow on him because the asbestos used didn't stick to the metal like real snow. (00:56:55)


Continuity mistake: Dorothy sloppily puts some oil in the shoulder joint and in front of the elbow of the Tin Man after he does his song and dance "If I only had a heart". In the next shot it's gone. (00:45:30)


Continuity mistake: The three Munchkins that represent the lollipop guild come out and start to dance. In the wide shot of them, they're standing apart from each other, but in the next closeup, they're standing right by each other. (00:27:00)

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Dorothy: There's no place like home.

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Trivia: "Over the Rainbow", which the American Film Institute recently named the greatest movie song of all time, was nearly cut from the film.

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Question: At the very end of the movie after Dorothy says "Oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home," normally, it fades out to the credits, but once - and only once - when I was very young, I thought I remembered seeing the camera pan away from her face and down to the foot of the bed where you see the ruby slippers tucked underneath the bed, then a fade to the credits. It is obviously a black-and-white shot, but there were the glittering shoes. Has anyone else seen this version of the ending?


Answer: Another fine example of the Mandela Effect. None of the "making of" books reference this alternate ending. The original book ends with Dorothy losing the slippers on her journey back to Kansas.

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Chosen answer: Yes. I'm sure I've seen that version. It shows that Dorothy didn't just dream about Oz and makes for a more satisfying conclusion. This version was original but edited out because it didn't follow the book's storyline for "Return to Oz" and the other long series of Oz books. The sequel pertains that she loses the slippers in transit back to her home and falls to the gnome king who destroys Oz which in turn causes Dorothy to return. So seeing the slippers at the end of the bed, while more satisfying, wouldn't really stay true to the Oz series.

I absolutely remember that version with the shoes at her bedside, but nobody I know remembers it.

Thank you! I remember that too but everyone I know thinks I'm nuts.

I remember that version and after that I expected to see the same ending but no I never saw that ending again. I got the response that no-one I know saw that ending of the movie where the ruby slippers being on her feet in her bed. Thank you for that answer. This was a long time mystery.

I absolutely remember that scene.

I remember that too - and I've asked so many people and they said no, I must have dreamed it. Thank you.

I saw that version once when I was a little kid too! I remember it vividly. Now I know I'm not crazy.

Answer: This seems to be one of those mass examples of people remembering something that never happened. There are also other variations, like people claiming to remember the film switching to color as the shot pans down to her slipper-clad feet, or the slippers being in color against the sepia-toned B&W footage. But sadly, it seems no officially released version of the film has had such an ending. It's similar to how everyone thinks Darth Vader says "Luke, I am your father," or how everyone thinks Humphrey Bogart says "Play it again, Sam!", even though neither of those lines are real, and people are merely incorrectly remembering them. The film is so ingrained in pop-culture, that people think they know it forwards-and-back, and false memories are created.


I agree that people think they remember things that never happened, but usually for things like this, remembering a scene wrong misquoting a movie lines, it comes from parody versions and people are (correctly) remembering the parody. I've never seen "Silence of the Lambs", but I know the line "Hello, Clarice" from films like "Cable Guy" and not from a false memory of the film.


Answer: This website gives some confirmation it's one of those myths that spread around and get mixed up in people's memories to being convinced they have seen it despite no evidence of it existing. In a film as big as the Wizard of Oz where die hard fans have collected original scripts, notes, and "lost" imagery over the years; we certainly would have something to back this up other than eye witness memory. Especially if it supposedly made it to the final print for viewing audiences as the original Wizard of Oz footage has been carefully preserved, as it's considered one of the most important films of all time. This footage wouldn't be completely lost if it made it to final showing print. Surely somebody would have posted it by now on YouTube. It is possible somebody made a skit or parody of this though contributing to the idea that it was actually in a print of the real movie.

Answer: I remember this being part of a special that was hosted by Angela Lansbury in 1990 and they showed that this ending was considered for the movie. For many years I couldn't remember why I remembered that ending and Angela Lansbury until I looked it up. I wish that it had been left like that. Kids always want their dreams to come true.

Answer: I and a friend of mine remember seeing the ruby slippers under Dorthy's bed at the end of the movie. Glad to know we didn't imagine it.

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