History Film / TheWizardOfOz

25th Aug '17 4:20:31 PM Angeldeb82
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* AnAxeToGrind: The Tin Man never uses it as a weapon as he does in the book, but he sure finds it useful at the castle.



* BeamMeUpScotty, In-Universe: Juliet's famous balcony line from Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet is articulated, "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?". It sounds as if she's asking where is Romeo, rather than why is he Romeo (of the feuding house) instead of some nice boy from a neutral or friendly house. (The actual articulation really means, "Romeo, why are you?")

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* AnAxeToGrind: The Tin Man never uses it as a weapon as he does in the book, but he sure finds it useful at the castle.
* AxeBeforeEntering: In a heroic example, the Tin Man has to break down the locked door to Dorothy's cell with an axe in order to save her.
* BeamMeUpScotty, In-Universe: Juliet's famous balcony line from Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet is articulated, "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?". Romeo?" It sounds as if she's asking where is Romeo, rather than why is he Romeo (of the feuding house) instead of some nice boy from a neutral or friendly house. (The actual articulation really means, "Romeo, why are you?")
18th Aug '17 7:02:36 PM dsneybuf
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[[caption-width-right:299:''Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,[softreturn]and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true...'']]

->''"Oh, we're off to see the wizard! The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!"''

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[[caption-width-right:299:''Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,[softreturn]and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true...'']]

->''"Oh,
[[caption-width-right:299:"Oh, we're off to see the wizard! The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!"''
Oz!"]]

->''Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high\\
There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby\\
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue\\
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true...''
18th Aug '17 8:58:43 AM snichols1973
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, with help from Dorothy, learn to discover their abilities of intelligence, heart, and courage which they were hoping the Wizard would grant them, on their journey towards the Emerald City and the Wicked Witch of the West's castle.
8th Aug '17 11:09:52 AM WildeOscar
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** This is much easier to see on the big screen, but it's a toy gun.
31st Jul '17 7:28:20 AM Phys101
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** At the Palace in the Emerald City, the soldier's mustache is pointed up. In the middle things, the mustache has suddenly changed to point down. This is a relic of a cut scene or sequence.
31st Jul '17 7:21:41 AM Phys101
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* LogicalWeakness: Scarecrow and Tinman are almost invulnerable, but Scarecrow is very flammable and Tin Man rusts incredibly easily.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles: The farmhands and Miss Gulch became their own counterparts in Oz, but Professor Marvel (played by Frank Morgan) became every speaking character of the Emerald City: the gatekeeper, the cabby, the palace soldier, the Wizard in his flaming HugeHolographicHead form, and (finally) the Wizard himself.
* LogicalWeakness: The Scarecrow and Tinman The Tin Man are almost invulnerable, but Scarecrow is very flammable and Tin Man rusts incredibly easily.
31st Jul '17 6:23:02 AM Phys101
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-->'''Scarecrow:''' Don't stand there talking -- put me together!

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-->'''Scarecrow:''' Don't stand there talking -- put me together!together! We've got to find Dorothy!



* StageMagician: [[ItWasHisSled As everyone knows by now,]] The Wizard of Oz was not a wizard at all, but a stage magician flung by a tornado into a MagicalLand, where through clever use of stage magic he was able to convince the denizens he was a powerful wizard.

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* StageMagician: [[ItWasHisSled As everyone knows by now,]] The Wizard of Oz was not a wizard at all, but a stage magician flung transported by a tornado straying balloon into a MagicalLand, where through clever use of stage magic he was able to convince the denizens he was a powerful wizard.



* TermsOfEndangerment: The Wicked Witch tends to refer to Dorothy as "my pretty."

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* TemptingFate: The Tin Man ridicules the Scarecrow's haunted suggestion of spooks in the Haunted Forest:
--> '''Tin Man''': "Spooks, that's ridiculous! Spooks, that's silly! Ohohohoooooo!" (Picked up and dropped twenty yards away.)
* TermsOfEndangerment: The Wicked Witch tends to refer to Dorothy as "my pretty."pretty", "my dear", and "my fine lady".



* VillainSong:"Red Shoes Blues" is a song sang by the Wicked Witch of the West in the 2011 musical. The witch was determined to get the ruby slippers from Dorothy, that she not only cast a dancing spell on her and then sent the flying monkeys to get her. Then in the reprise, the witch explained that if Dorothy refuses to give her the ruby slippers, she would die.

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* VillainSong:"Red VillainSong: "Red Shoes Blues" is a song sang by the Wicked Witch of the West in the 2011 musical. The witch was determined to get the ruby slippers from Dorothy, that she not only cast a dancing spell on her and then sent the flying monkeys to get her. Then in the reprise, the witch explained that if Dorothy refuses to give her the ruby slippers, she would die.



* WeaksauceWeakness: You-know-who is brought down by a simple cup of water.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: You-know-who is brought down by a simple cup bucket of water.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite kicking off the events of the plot, Miss Gulch's plan to have Toto put down is never even mentioned again when Dorothy gets back to Kansas. It's possible that the tornado simply gave Miss Gulch more important things to worry about, but this is never stated; another theory is that when we saw Miss Gulch swept up in the tornado (before she became the Wicked Witch,) that actually happened and she died in the aftermath.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite kicking off the events of the plot, Miss Gulch's plan to have Toto put down is never even mentioned again when Dorothy gets back to Kansas. It's possible that the tornado simply gave Miss Gulch more important things to worry about, but this is never stated; another theory is that when we saw Miss Gulch swept up in the tornado (before she became the Wicked Witch,) Witch), that actually happened and she died in the aftermath.
31st Jul '17 6:08:11 AM Phys101
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* FallingChandelierOfDoom

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* FallingChandelierOfDoomFallingChandelierOfDoom: The Scarecrow subtly follows with his eyes the rope next to him to the chandelier above the soldiers. Then he slams the Tin Woodman's axe into the rope, causing the chandelier to fall onto the soldiers. It only causes mass confusion, while the four escape.



* MuggedForDisguise: Dorothy's three friends get into the castle after beating up three guards and taking their uniforms. [[PaperThinDisguise It isn't the best disguise]], but it works.

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* MuggedForDisguise: Dorothy's three friends get into the castle after beating up three guards and taking their uniforms. [[PaperThinDisguise It isn't the best disguise]], but it works. Technically, the friends didn't mug the guards; the guards snuck up behind them and attacked.



** Burke ''sells'' that line, and Hamilton's reaction is priceless. She ducks and looks up, clearly half convinced Glinda could ''make'' another house drop. And she probably could, too.

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** Burke ''sells'' that line, and Hamilton's reaction is priceless. She ducks and looks up, up in horror, clearly half convinced Glinda could ''make'' another house drop. And she probably could, too.



* NotNowKiddo: Dorothy gets this from Auntie Em and Uncle Henry when she is trying to tell them about what Miss Gulch did to Toto.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Uncle Henry. Just looking at him you can tell he's just playing dumb to avoid trouble from Miss Gulch, like the way he asks if Dorothy was the one who bit her right before slamming the gate on her butt.

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* NotNowKiddo: Dorothy gets this from Auntie Em and Uncle Henry when she is trying to tell them about what Miss Gulch did was planning to do to Toto.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Uncle Henry. Just looking at him you can tell he's just playing dumb to avoid trouble from Miss Gulch, like the way he asks if Dorothy was the one who bit her right before slamming the gate on her butt. (The complete exchange is under ComicallyMissingThePoint.)



* PluckyGirl: Dorothy is a bit more subdued, but the pluck is still there.

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* PluckyGirl: Dorothy is a bit more subdued, subdued than in the book, but the pluck is still there.



* {{Pun}}: When Dorothy advises the Wizard that she melted the Witch, he responds that Dorothy "liquidated" her. In addition to its resemblance to "liquefy", the appropriate term for melting someone, "liquidate" is a Stalin-era euphemism for "kill".

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* {{Pun}}: Various examples:
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When Dorothy advises the Wizard that she melted the Witch, he responds that Dorothy "liquidated" her. In addition to its resemblance to "liquefy", the appropriate term for melting someone, "liquidate" is a Stalin-era euphemism for "kill"."kill".
** The "Horse of a Different Color" and the "Handsome Cab".



--> '''Aunt Em''': "For twenty-three years, I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you. But now, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!" (Runs off trying to hold back her tears.)



* RevolversAreJustBetter: [[RiddleForTheAges For some reason that has never been explained by the cast or crew]], the Scarecrow carries one in the Haunted Forest.
* RoyalDecree: The Wizard gives one at the end, telling the people to follow Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man in his stead.
* SanitySlippage: The Wicked Witch of the West undergoes one in the second half. Granted, she was always insane as far as the picture was concerned, but up until she figured out that the ruby slippers had been charmed to Dorothy's feet by magic and won't come off as long as she lives, her main goal was to get them back and to get revenge on Dorothy for killing the Witch of the East. Afterwards, she becomes more and more obsessed with destroying Dorothy and her friends with extreme prejudice; the last few times she antagonized the others, it was for helping Dorothy and, later, for trespassing in her territory.

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* RevolversAreJustBetter: [[RiddleForTheAges For some reason that has never been explained by the cast or crew]], the Scarecrow carries one in the Haunted Forest.
Forest. [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety Clumsily.]]
* RoyalDecree: The Wizard gives one at the end, telling declaring the people to follow Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man would rule in his stead.
stead. Based on the original novel, where he makes the Scarecrow ruler of Oz.
* SanitySlippage: The Wicked Witch of the West undergoes one in the second half. Granted, she was always insane as far as the picture was concerned, but up until she figured out that the ruby slippers had been charmed to Dorothy's feet by magic and won't wouldn't come off as long as she lives, lived, her main goal was to get them back and to get revenge on Dorothy for killing the Witch of the East. Afterwards, she becomes more and more obsessed with destroying Dorothy and her friends with extreme prejudice; the last few times she antagonized the others, it was for helping Dorothy and, later, for trespassing in her territory.
31st Jul '17 5:46:16 AM Phys101
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* ChekhovsGun: The Tin Man lugs his axe around for three-quarters of the film until he's ''finally'' able to use it to smash open the door in the Witch's castle.
* TheChessmaster: To modern audiences, who are a tad more cynical, it's often [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggested]] that Glinda was simply manipulating Dorothy, turning her into an accidental assassin that could kill the Witches and remove the Wizard; thus leaving Glinda poised to seize control of Oz in the aftermath.

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* ChekhovsGun: The Tin Man lugs his axe around for three-quarters of the film until he's ''finally'' able to use it to smash chop open the door in the Witch's castle.
castle. Justified in that he's a woodsman, but on the other hand, it doesn't look as if he knows how to use it.
* TheChessmaster: TheChessmaster:
**
To modern audiences, who are a tad more cynical, it's often [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation suggested]] that Glinda was simply manipulating Dorothy, turning her into an accidental assassin that could kill the Witches and remove the Wizard; thus leaving Glinda poised to seize control of Oz in the aftermath.



* CoolHorse: The Horse of a Different Color that pulls the Handsome Cab in the Emerald City; astute viewers will note that it changes to a ''different'', equally unusual color each time the camera pans away and then back to it. (However, being an actual horse, it doesn't fit the HorseOfADifferentColor trope.)

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* CoolHorse: The Horse of a Different Color that pulls the Handsome Cab in the Emerald City; astute viewers will note that it changes to a ''different'', equally unusual color each time the camera pans cuts away and then back returns to it. (However, being an actual horse, it doesn't fit the HorseOfADifferentColor trope.)



-->'''Gulch:''' I want to see you and your wife right about Dorothy.

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-->'''Gulch:''' I want to see you and your wife right away about Dorothy.



* CompositeCharacter: In the original version, Dorothy was given her mission upon arriving by the Witch of the North, and didn't meet Glinda until the conclusion. In this version, Glinda combines the roles of both the benevolent witches. Glinda also takes on the role of the Snow Queen (a character from one of Baum's stage plays) by rescuing Dorothy from the poppy fields by sending a snowstorm (in the original book, the Scarecrow and Tin-Man carry Dorothy out and the Lion is eventually pulled out by a [[ItMakesSenseInContext huge team of field mice]], on a wooden cart made by the Tin Man).

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* CompositeCharacter: In the original version, novel, Dorothy was given her mission upon arriving by the Witch of the North, and didn't meet Glinda Glinda, the Witch of the South, until the conclusion. In this version, Glinda combines the roles of both the benevolent witches. Glinda also takes on the role of the Snow Queen (a character from one of Baum's stage plays) by rescuing Dorothy plays), sending a snowfall to save Dorothy, Toto, and the Lion from the poppy fields by sending a snowstorm (in fields. In the original book, the Scarecrow and Tin-Man carry Dorothy out and the Lion is eventually pulled out by a [[ItMakesSenseInContext huge team of field mice]], on a wooden cart made by the Tin Man).Man.



* CurtainCamouflage

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* CurtainCamouflageCurtainCamouflage: "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"



* DarkReprise: A Cut Song (see above) of "Over The Rainbow". It had to be recorded live on set as Judy would have had to act in addition to singing it. Reportedly the performance reduced the entire cast and crew to tears.

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* DarkReprise: A Cut Song (see above) of "Over The Rainbow". It had to be recorded live on set as Judy would have had to act in addition to singing it. Reportedly the performance reduced the entire cast and crew to tears.



* ExactWords: In this version, the Wizard doesn't actually demand that Dorothy and her companions act as assassins (as he does in the novel) he merely demands they bring her broomstick. The majesty and formality of the Wizard virtually requires him to request the broomstick, rather than outright request her killing, just as the majesty and formality requires the Wizard to refer to her as "The Witch of the West", omiting "Wicked". Of course, they quickly realize that his ''intent'' is for them to kill her, as they'd never get it any other way.

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* ExactWords: In this version, the Wizard doesn't actually demand that Dorothy and her companions act as assassins (as he does in the novel) he merely demands they bring her broomstick. The majesty and formality of the Wizard virtually requires require him to request the broomstick, rather than outright request her killing, just as the majesty and formality requires the Wizard to refer to her as "The Witch of the West", omiting omitting "Wicked". Of course, they quickly realize that his ''intent'' is for them to kill her, as they'd never get it any other way.
30th Jul '17 7:34:24 PM Puterboy1
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** The shooting script makes it pretty clear that the intended message was "Surrender Dorothy [[NightmareFuel or Die!]]"
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