The Patchwork Girl of Oz (September 28, 1914)
Released on September 28, 1914: When a crooked magician turns a munchkin's boyfriend and her Uncle into stone statues, a rag doll comes to life travels with the girl to the land of Oz in search of the magical dark well that can bring the statues back to life.
Produced by Thomas A. Edison, L. Frank Baum and Louis F. Gottschalk
Directed by J. Farrell MacDonald
Written by L. Frank Baum
The Actors: Violet MacMillan (Ojo a Munchkin boy), Frank Moore (Unc Nunkie, Ojo's guardian), Raymond Russell (Doctor Pipt, the crooked magician), Leontine Dranet (Margolotte, his wife, who makes the Patchwork Girl), Bobbie Gould (Jesseva, his daughter, betrothed to Danx), Marie Wayne (Jinjur, a maid in Emerald City), Richard Rosson (Danx, a noble munchkin), Frank Bristol (the soldier with green whiskers, Omby Amby), Fred Woodward (The Woozy, a quaintness, and the Zoop, a mystery, and Mewel, who is everybody's friend), Todd Wright (the Wizard of Oz), Bert Glennon (the scarecrow), Hal Roach (the cowardly lion and Tottenhot), Dave Anderson (the hungry tiger), Jessie May Walsh (Ozma of Oz, the ruler of the Emerald City), William Cook (the Royal Chamberlain), Ben Deeley (Rozyn the village fiddler), Lon Musgrave (the tin woodman), Pierre Couderc (Scraps, the patchwork girl), Charles Ruggles (unknown), Juanita Hansen (bell ringer), Blanche Lang (unknown), Harold Lloyd (Tottenhot), Vivian Reed (Oama head logo at beginning), Queenie Rosson (unknown)
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One of the Inventors of Motion Pictures and the Daydreamer of Oz
Lyman Frank Baum was born in 1856 in Chittenango New York. His father was a wealthy businessman who sent son Lyman to a military academy to make a man of him. Unfortunately, Frank (he liked his middle name Frank much better than his first name Lyman) was a daydreamer and could not concentrate on learning how to fit into the world of the late nineteenth century.
He was kicked out of millitary school for daydreaming too much and neglecting his studies. As the teenage son of a wealthy businessman Frank started several businesses of his own, all of which were spectacularly unsuccessful. Frank discovered that while he didn’t have much business sense, he enjoyed turning his daydreams into whimsical and magical stories that became very popular. In 1900 he wrote The Wonderful World of Oz, which was so popular that he followed it up with thirteen more stories about the Land of Oz. The telephone had recently been invented and one of Frank's daydreams turned into a story of Oz that included magical telephones that didn't need to be connected by wires.
This story about a magical rag doll turned into a live girl was first published as a book in 1913. The next summer in 1914 Frank teamed up with inventor Thomas Edison to use Edison’s new camera that could create moving pictures to produce this story for showing in the first motion picture theaters. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy a slice of motion picture history.
Frank Moore and Violet MacMillan
Richard Rosson and Bobbie Gould