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The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Scripted by L Frank Baum himself, this 1914 adaptation of The Wizard of Oz differs substantially from the book.

USA 1914
Directed by J Farrell Macdonald
With Violet Macmillan, Fred Woodward, Frank Moore, Raymond Russell
Running time c81min
Certificate U

There will be a live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne on 1 March, and by Costas Fotopoulos on 3 March.

The first of the Oz films by the Oz Film Manufacturing Co., scripted by L Frank Baum himself, differs substantially from the book, though several of the familiar characters are present: Ozma, the Wizard, the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion. The principal characters are Ojo, a munchkin boy, and his uncle, who encounter the Patchwork Girl (played by acrobat Pierre Couderc), a kind of ragdoll animated by a magician and his wife who have been accidentally petrified. Ojo and an ever expanding cast of followers set off to Oz to find an antidote.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

USA 1910
Directed by Otis Turner
With Bebe Daniels
Running time c13min
Certificate U

This, from the Selig Polyscope Company, is the earliest surviving film of the Oz story, showing the fabulous special effects of the stage version.

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