His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

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The fifth silent film based on the fantastical Oz books by author Frank L. Baum, His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz is the only one directed and produced by Baum himself. Small town Kansas girl Dorothy (Violet MacMillan) gets stuck in the Land of Oz and teams up with Princess Gloria (Vivian Reed), the gardener Pon (Todd Wright), the Scarecrow (Franke Moore), and the Tin Woodsman (Pierre Couderc). King Krewl (Raymond Russell) has hired the old witch Mombi (Mai Wells) to freeze Gloria's heart in order to force her to marry the wealthy Googly-goo (Arthur Smollet). When the Tin Woodsman cuts off Mombi's head, she gets mad and turns Pon into a kangaroo. The group sails down a river until they meet the Cowardly Lion (Fred Woodward) and loads of other creatures. Eventually they meet the Wizard (J. Charles Hayden), who sets things right.

Cast

Vivian Reed
as Princess Gloria/Ozma head logo
Frank Moore
as Scarecrow
Mai Wells
as Mombi
Violet MacMillan
as Dorothy Gale
Pierre Couderc
as Tin Woodman
Mildred Harris
as Button-Bright, an American boy
Fred Woodward
as Cowardly Lion
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Critic Reviews for His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

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  • Mesmo com seus primitivos jogos de cmera e efeitos visuais, consegue criar um razovel tom fantasioso que, embora obviamente ultrapassado, conta a histria de forma adequada.

    February 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

  • Jun 05, 2009
    Weird silent OZ movie which doesn't make much sense - things were certainly different back in 1914, weren't they??
    Lafe F Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2008
    Another very interesting take on the Oz stories. This was directed by the creator L. Frank Baum, so he knew what he wanted to do with htis instead of depending on someone else's ideas. This was one of the better silent film versions.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2007
    This one was again written and produced by Baum. It was supposedly released a month later and ran longer in length than The Magic Cloak. The more developed story makes it an improvement over The Magic Cloak. The evil dictator King Krewl appears though he is not a character from the books. The special effects are pretty awesome considering it is so early in the history of narrative films. Children and parents must have been amazed.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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