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The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy Dwan , Charles Murray , Larry Semon    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This long-forgotten 1925 silent version of the children's classic, cowritten by L. Frank Baum's eldest son, had a character named Dorothy and a house transported to Oz by a tornado, but you won't recognize much after that. This film served mainly as a vehicle for comedian Larry Semon, who played the Scarecrow. You'll also have a chance to see an early appearance by Oliver Hardy, playing the Tin Woodsman, two years before he first teamed up with Stan Laurel. Its slapstick comedy routines and surrealistic setting make this an interesting curio and a treat for silent movie fans. --Elisabeth Keating

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This original 1925 version of The Wizard of OZ is slightly different than the MGM version starring Judy Garland, but it is every bit as entertaining. In this film, which was adapted from L. Frank Baum's classic story, silent film legend Larry Semon is hilarious as the Scarecrow and Oliver Hardy (Laurel and Hardy) is wonderful as the Tin Woodsman. On her 18th birthday, Dorothy finds out that she is the rightful heir to the throne in the Kingdom of OZ and she must travel there to claim her throne. With the help of the Wizard, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy must overcome the wicked ruler of OZ who is doing all he can to keep her form the throne. AS in all of Baum's classic stories, good triumphs over evil!

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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time! March 25 2004
Format:DVD
Folks, don't let the title fool you. This story is only loosely connected to the L. Frank Baum books or the 1939 film that is the definite version. Basically, this is a cornball slapstick-happy tale about 1920s comic Larry Semon fighting for Dorothy's hand in marriage. Filled with bad puns and corny gags (an African-American character is billed as "G. Howe Black"-a real knee slapper ain't it)? The only reason anyone would have to watch this (Baum himself died by this time and had nothing to do with the story) is because of the early appearance of Oliver Hardy as the tin man (and this is not one of his better roles). Nah, see it just for curiousity and read the Baum books or the Judy Garland film for the real deal. Early in the film, a little girl who is having this tale read to her (she must have been really naughty to deserve such punishment) says, "Oh Grampy, I don't like that!" Trust me, you'll say the same.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How bad can it be?............Really Really BAD Dec 27 2003
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Format:DVD
when people write a review and say things like this is the worst movie I have seen I don't usually believe them....I mean come on how bad could it be? Well this one IS the WORST movie I have seen by far........no horrible movie can even compare to how bad this is. In fact if the people who wrote about other movies as being the worst movie they ever seen saw this they would change thier review and appologize. It is so unwatchable and boring that you MUST fast forward while watching if you want to see the whole thing. The music is bad the lady reading the crap to us is bad everything is bad!!! There is a reason this movie is $4 believe me. And no it's not so bad that it is good. If it was flushable I would wipe myself with it and save money on toiletpaper. (This movie doesn't deserve one star I had to give it at least one) If this movie wasn't called the wizard of oz the people who released it would have known not to because they wouldn't have sold a single disk........instead they decided to release it looking for a quick buck for those who are oz fans. If you buy it you WILL be dissapointed. I could have thrown the $4 out the window and been more satisfied!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little Known Early Role Nov. 15 2003
Format:DVD
Just read the book "Silent Clowns" and found out that is Oliver Hardy in one of the roles prior to his legendary teaming With Stan Laurel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright movie, bad music Feb. 21 2003
Format:DVD
It's not really fair to call this movie, "Wizard of Oz", although it is based, very loosely, on that story. Essentially,Dorothy in this story is a 17 year old about to turn 18, when she is to discover she is the ruler of Oz. There are designs to keep her from ascending the throne by the evil Emperor Kruel and cohorts. The tin-man, cowardly lion, and scarecrow are disguises taken on by Dorothy's friends to avoid detection. The wizard is truly a shyster, and only vaguely useful.
The highlight is Oliver Hardy in an early role. The low points are stereotypifications of the one African American actor; especially a scene where he eats watermelon and a scene where 'dark meat' is referred to jokingly in regards to a lion's dietary preference. However, this actor was very humorous in the slapstick role he performed, and most of the main actors are involved in slapstick roles throughout.
There are some nicely done 'stunts' performed that seem amazing for the time. The print it was taken off of was very good, although the music and narration were not only unnecessary, but inapproprate. For the low dollar amount, this film is worth having in your collection. I'd much prefer the 1910 "Wizard of Oz" made by L. Frank Baum if it was available.
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