Silent Sunday: The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)

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“The Patchwork Girl of Oz” is one of a handful of remaining 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 more Oz films.

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The Patchwork Girl (Patrick Couderc), brought to life by charlatan Dr. Pipt (Raymond Russell) is captured by Ozma, queen of Oz (Jessie Mae Walsh).  The Patchwork Girl then helps the Queen release her subjects from an evil spell which has turned them to stone.

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A couple of side notes concerning the film: Mildred Harris (a future wife to Charles Chaplin) appears briefly as Dorothy.  Hal Roach and Harold Lloyd appear briefly as Tottenhots and there is some disagreement of which of the two appeared as the Cowardly Lion (IMDB lists Hal Roach, while Oz Wiki credits Lloyd).

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz Film (1914)

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