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The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)

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Patchwork Girl of Oz is one of a handful of extant productions from author L. Frank Baum's short-lived Oz Film Manufacturing Company. It was also the company's first release, and as such was carefully designed to entreat audiences into demanding additional "Oz" pictures. Patrick Couderc, who played the Tin Man in the later Baum productions, is here cast in female drag as the Patchwork Girl, brought to life by charlatan Dr. Pipt (Raymond Russell). Captured and by Ozma, queen of Oz (Jessie Mae Walsh, the Patchwork Girl helps the Queen release her subjects from an evil spell which has turned them all into stone (a plot device redeployed nearly seven decades later in Return to Oz. Mildred Harris, later the wife of Charlie Chaplin, appears briefly as Dorothy, while future comedy star Harold Lloyd can be briefly spotted as an extra. Patchwork Girl of Oz was released by Paramount Pictures.
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Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Frank Moore
as Unc Nunkie
Violet MacMillan
as Ojo the Lucky
Pierre Couderc
as Patchwork Girl
Randall William Cook
as Royal Chamberlain
Vivian Reed
as Ozma head logo
Fred Woodward
as The Woozy/Lonesome Zoop/Mewel
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Critic Reviews for The Patchwork Girl of Oz

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Unjustly forgotten silent classic.

September 7, 2001
Organica News

Audience Reviews for The Patchwork Girl of Oz

The events seem to occur very randomly and characters are introduced and suddenly disappear with no explanation. Also, as the film progresses, you are more and more convinced there was no script involved.

Alec Lane
Alec Lane
½

I would say this is the most successful of the Baum/MacDonald productions, although it's still rather slipshod (or "patchwork" if you will). The story goes all over the place, but manages to hold together pretty well. Maybe not quite as clever/fantastic as the other two, but an improvement in the storytelling department.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Writer and producer L. Frank Baum brings his children's stories to life. Thomas Edison is also credited as a producer. Supposedly this was the first to be released near the same time as The Magic Cloak of Oz, but it was the longest of these early adaptations. The BEST of the three! Young girls play boys and a man (some circus or vaudeville performer) plays the Patchwork Girl. The stories of Oz have always had strong female characters. There are more fantastical effects in this movie. There are more strange people/creatures (important parts in all the books, but rarely presented in any other adaptation of Oz stories). And the realistic appearance of the Scarecrow, Patchwork Girl, Lion, and other animals show excellent work in costume and makeup!

Byron Brubaker
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