The Wizard of Oz
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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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.
The younger Baum, however, was able to negotiate business deals that brought about this film, the 1933 animated short (which he wrote), and the 1939 MGM musical.
For some reason, the younger Baum, who even had the audacity to bill himself as "L. Frank Baum, Jr." (even though L. Frank Baum would never have named his son "Lyman") decided that the material made a suitable vehicle for Larry Semon, a second-string star battling alcoholism (and who would die of stomach cancer a few years later), and proceeded to change it heavily.
Taking a partial cue from his father's 1914 film, _His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz_, which was based on _Wizard_, but so heavily different that Baum expanded it into the novel _The Scarecrow of Oz_ the next year, FJB , with Semon and Leon Lee, wrote this all-a-dream story about the politics of the Emerald City, which was also a major subject of the 1902 musical, though much more successfully.Read more ›
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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.Published on Nov. 15 2003 by John Weber
I'm not complaining about the quality of the film. I love old movies and this was no exception. I'm upset about the content. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003
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