REEL TO REEL is a collection of
some of Isla Grey’s “Movie Mistakes” column for Bellaonline
spotlighting the fun goofs found in some of our favorite movies…
By Isla Grey
Title: REEL TO REEL: MOVIE MISTAKES FROM HOLLYWOOD’S FAVORITE FILMS
Author: Isla Grey
Genre: Nonfiction / Entertainment
Lights, Camera, Action! From the very beginning, the world of cinema has captivated us. We have found ourselves laughing at our favorite comedies, crying when love finally comes to fruition, being beamed to other worlds or battling in the midst of action sequences. While movies might be the perfect entertainment, most have slight imperfections, mistakes, which go unseen, until they’re released and caught by the movie audience. These mistakes don’t detract from the film, and finding them are just as fun as watching the movie.
For the past several years, Isla Grey has written a “Movie Mistakes” column for Bellaonline. “Reel to Reel” is a collection of some of those columns, spotlighting the fun goofs found in some of our favorite movies. Can you spot them? Grab the popcorn, sit back, and happy movie watching!
Wizard of Oz
The story of Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto’s trip to the
Land of Oz is one of the most beloved movie tales of all time. After their home
is hit by a tornado in Kansas, the pair find their house has landed in an
unusual land as well as sitting on top of what used to be the sister of the
Wicked Witch of the West. The grateful Munchkins and Glinda, the Good Witch of
the North, urge Dorothy to travel to the Emerald City, home of the powerful Oz,
the one person who could help her get back home to Kansas. During her travels,
Dorothy befriends the unusual trio of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion
who come along with her on the journey.
Dorothy must also watch out for the evil Wicked Witch of the West who’s
not only out for revenge for her sister’s death, but more importantly, wants
her sister’s ruby slippers, which are now Dorothy’s. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for
while watching “The Wizard of Oz”.
☐ Dorothy and Toto arrive in Oz and meet the Munchkins.
During one part of their song and dance routine, they give Dorothy a lollipop
and flowers. The Wicked Witch arrives,
and Dorothy can be seen holding both items in some views and just the flowers
in others. During some portions of the scene, she’s holding neither.
☐ If you watch Dorothy closely when she starts walking down
the yellow brick road, you’ll notice her hair becomes longer by the time she
meets the Scarecrow.
☐ Dorothy and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Man when the Wicked
Witch of the West arrives. The Wicked Witch of the West throws fire at the
scarecrow and disappears. Scarecrow falls to Dorothy’s left while the Tin Man
is on her right side. They stand up a
couple moments later and the Tin Man is now on her left while the Scarecrow is
on her right.
☐ The Tin Man sits down on a tree trunk. Dorothy’s basket has
his oil can, but it can be seen falling out and onto the yellow brick road. In
the next view, however, the oil can is back in the basket.
☐ The foursome reach Emerald City and the Cowardly Lion
starts a song and dance number. During the scene, the Tin Man makes a crown out
of a ceramic flower pot and places it on the Lion’s head. In the next close-up
view, the crown has changed position. Also, during this scene, when the guard
tells them to go away, the crown falls from the Cowardly Lion’s head and
bounces on the ground instead of breaking. Something else to look for– during
the Cowardly Lion’s solo, after the crown has been placed on his head, you can
see the white vertical wire behind him that swishes his tail back and forth.
☐ Dorothy, Scarecrow, The Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Toto are
walking through the Haunted Forest. The Cowardly Lion is carrying a net and
mallet. He’s still carrying them when he tries to run away but in the next view
of him, they’re gone.
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939) stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger,
Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, Clara Blandick, Charley
Grapewin and Terry the dog. It runs 101 minutes and is rated G.
Isla Grey is from Central Virginia and at an early age developed a love of movies. She shared many Sunday afternoons watching old favorites with her grandmother that included everything from “Gone with the Wind” and “Rio Bravo” to “Titanic” and “The Mummy”.
Working as Bellaonline’s Movie Mistakes editor since 2012 has given Isla the opportunity to indulge in two of her passions—movies and writing.
When Isla isn’t writing or watching movies, most of her time is spent with her ever active daughter and her band of cats. She also enjoys good music, reading biographies and ghost stories and taking quiet strolls.