The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
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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.
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.
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!
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