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.
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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