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Seen on: 02/09/2019

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The Wizard of Oz (1925)

Directed by Larry Semon

Comedy | Family | Fantasy


Toymaker tells a bizarre story about how the Land of Oz was ruled by Prince Kynd, but he was overthrown by Prime Minister Kruel. Dorothy learns from Aunt Em that fat, cruel Uncle Henry 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 are swept to Oz by a tornado. Snowball, a black 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 becomes a scarecrow, Hardy briefly disguises himself as a Tin Woodman, and Snowball is given a Lion suit by the Wizard, which he uses to scare the Pumperdink guards. Written by Scott Hutchins

Length 81 minutes


Wanda Hawley | Chester Conklin | Rosalind Byrne | Spencer Bell | Frederick Ko Vert | Otto Lederer | William Dinus | Frank Alexander | William Hauber | Josef Swickard | Bryant Washburn | Virginia Pearson | Larry Semon | Charles Murray | Oliver Hardy | Mary Carr | Dorothy Dwan

Viewing Notes

Pretty easy to see why this version isn’t well remembered. The story here bears little resemblance to the book, and is more focused on Semon and his slapstick routines.

Dorothy, played by Dorothy Dwan, is older and feels less innocent. In fact, this Dorothy is oddly sexual with both the Tin Man and Scarecrow characters vying for her affections.

Sadly, this also features some fairly racist shtick centered around the Cowardly Lion character. He’s played by Spencer Bell who’s credited as G. Howe Black, a pretty stupid racist pun. I know this is of the time but really has no place in this particular story.


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