Fun Size Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

Dorothy and friends head off to Oz in this truncated and slightly odd adaptation from the Selig film company. All the classic plot points are present but the brief length makes for jerky storytelling.

The film is more interesting as a historical curio and for the fact that Dorothy was almost certainly played by a nine-year-old Bebe Daniels. While it is an American production, the sets show the influence of the stylized French fantasy films that would soon be supplanted by more realistic fare.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The wizard flies away in his balloon, leaving Dorothy behind. And then a bunch of camels wander onto the set and the movie ends. Of course.

Read my full-length review here and discover how L. Frank Baum was forced to cough up the Oz rights to Selig and co.

If it were a dessert it would be: A tiny bag of jelly beans. All the flavors are there but it’s too small to be satisfying.

Availability: Released on DVD and Bluray as an extra for the 1939 film. Check carefully before ordering to make sure that this movie is included as extras vary from set to set. (I am linking to the three-disc Emerald Edition, which does include the 1910 silent.)

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6 Replies to “Fun Size Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)”

  1. I am not for jelly beans:) I would love to see this flick especially the camels because they play such a big part in the Wizard of Oz (eyes rolling up:))

  2. My first view of this film turned out nothing of the sort at all. Being a young Oz-phile in 1990,my first picture of this film (or so I thought) was from Daniel J Blum’s A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE SILENT SCREEN. The photo in question showed Princess Ozma, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Woodman before Mombi doing her spells (as depicted by Oz books Neill illustrations; on a carpet before spindles and objects). Later watching the 1910 one-reeler on TCM in 2004-05, I saw no such scene occurred. I suspect the picture in question was from the Fairylogue and Radio Plays.

    1. It’s my understanding that Selig’s records from the period leave much to be desired so it would be easy to mix the stills. I looked up the picture in my own copy of Blum’s book and agree that it’s absolutely not from this film. Here’s hoping someone, somewhere has some footage from the Fairylogue!

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