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The Wizard of Oz

Larry Semon's bizarre 1925 silent film very loosely based on the classic story.

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  • Jul 25, 2010
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This Wizard Oz film is nice to compare to the one everyone has watched.
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review by . September 09, 2009
   Anyone growing up in the 60's can remember that this movie was an annual must see TV event! Even 40 years later it still is as fresh as when it was first released. They don't make em like this anymore and it is quite a shame. The innocent Dorothy, conked on the head during a tornado, is mysteriously transported to a world that comes alive with color. She awakens in the psychedelic land of the Munchkins and immediately becomes a target for the Wicked Witch of the West. Protected by …
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Wizard of Oz is a 1925 silent film directed by Larry Semon, who also appears in a lead role. The first major film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this film features a young Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man. Although the original title card of the film reads The Wizard of Oz, many prints of the film have a different opening credits sequence which simply read Wizard of Oz.

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A toymaker (Semon) tells an intriguing story about how the Land of Oz was ruled by Prince Kynd (Bryant Washburn), but he was overthrown by Prime Minister Kruel (Josef Swickard). Dorothy learns from Aunt Em (Mary Carr) that fat, cruel Uncle Henry (Frank Alexander) is not her uncle, and gives her a note due on her eighteenth birthday, which reveals she is actually Princess Dorothea of Oz, and is supposed to marry Prince Kynd. She, Uncle Henry, and two farmhands (Semon and Oliver Hardy) are swept to Oz by a tornado. Snowball (Spencer Bell, credited as G. Howe Black), a third farmhand, soon joins them after a lightning bolt chases him into the sky.

They land in Oz, where the farmhands try to avoid capture. Semon sees a real but inanimate scarecrow hanging on a pole in a cornfield, promptly dismantles it, and takes its place; Hardy briefly disguises himself as a Tin Woodman; and Snowball is given a Lion suit by the Wizard (Charles Murray), ...

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Cast: Larry Semon
Director: Larry Semon
Genre: Family, Silent Films , Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: January 1, 1925,
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Larry Semon
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Chadwick Pictures
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