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His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914)





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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.
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Vivian Reed
as Princess Gloria/Ozma head logo
Frank Moore
as Scarecrow
Violet MacMillan
as Dorothy Gale
Mai Wells
as Mombi
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

All Critics (1)

Mesmo com seus primitivos jogos de câmera e efeitos visuais, consegue criar um razoável tom fantasioso que, embora obviamente ultrapassado, conta a história de forma adequada.

February 1, 2005
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Audience Reviews for His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

One of several Oz films directed by J. Farrell MacDonald and produced by Baum himself. It's no surprise then that it feels so close to the madcap spirit of the books. I haven't read any Baum stories in ages, but I recalled many of the elements here. But the film suffers from odd pacing and lengthy diversions (perhaps the results of a too-literal translation from page to screen). Some imaginative and clever effects, though.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Weird silent OZ movie which doesn't make much sense - things were certainly different back in 1914, weren't they??

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


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 Doers
Ken Doers

Super Reviewer

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