Fun Size Review: The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914)

Oz author L. Frank Baum jumped into the movie game with a series of Oz films and this is one of them. It has the level of sophistication and production values that one expects from a high school play. The story involves some kids, a donkey and roly-poly villains who invade a neighboring country out of soup envy (don’t ask). Not as bad as the 1925 Oz but what is?


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

The soup fanatics are defeated and all returns to normal. Ish. Normalish.

If it were a dessert it would be: Dirt cups served at a formal dinner. Jarring lack of sophistication.

You can read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released on DVD in various editions but the one to get is the version packaged with the anniversary release of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. (You also get the 1910 Oz, His Majesty the Scarecrow of Oz and the, ugh, 1925 version.) This set is available on DVD and on Blu-ray.


  1. Joseph Nebus

    Ah, but there is something wonderful and strange in the silent Oz movies. Even the 1925 one. But the ones Baum had a hand in get wondrously odd.

    His Majesty The Scarecrow of Oz is probably better, though. At least I liked it more.

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