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The Dreamer of Oz (1990)

The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

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Jack Bender

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David Kirschner (story), Richard Matheson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... L. Frank Baum
Annette O'Toole ... Maud Gage Baum
Rue McClanahan ... Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Charles Haid ... Al Badham / Cowardly Lion
David Schramm ... W.W. Denslow
Nancy Lenehan ... Harriet Alvena Baum Neal
Courtney Barilla ... Dorothy Leslie Gage / Dorothy Gale
Nancy Morgan ... Helen Leslie Gage Gage
Pat Skipper ... Charlie H. Gage
Ed Gale ... Ned Brown / Farmer
Trevor Eyster ... Frank Joslyn Baum (5-9 years) (as Tim Eyster)
Joshua Boyd ... Frank Joslyn Baum (3 years)
Roger Steffens ... Salesman (as Roger Steffans)
John Cameron Mitchell ... Albert the Reporter
Frank Hamilton ... Sullivan
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The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film depicts Baum acting on the stage when his father's theatre burned down. In reality, the theatre burned down during a production of his drawing room comedy, "Matches", while Baum was on tour as the male lead in another of his plays, "The Maid of Arran", and hence did not actually witness the fire. See more »

Goofs

Baum is shown wincing at W.W. Denslow's cigar smoke. He smoked cigars himself, and resorted to chewing unlit cigars in public on allegations of doctor's orders. See more »

Connections

References The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
From the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Music by Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart
Arranged by Herbert Stothart
Orchestrated by Murray Cutter
Played offscreen in final scene by the M-G-M Studio Orchestra
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Memories of Baum
21 November 2003 | by mrs_a_goodwinSee all my reviews

I know I enjoyed it too. I was watching the Wizard of OZ on TV and then I remember watching the made for TV movie on the life of L.Frank Baum on TV with the late John Ritter as Baum. I enjoyed it because it told of the real Dorthy, his neice I believe, he wrote it about and for, since Baum himself did not have any daughters. I think it was on ABC when it was originally broadcast so they might be the best bet if you want a video copy of it.


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