Friday, March 23, 2012

The Magic Cloak - 1914

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: J. Farrell MacDonald
Writers: L. Frank Baum (novel), L. Frank Baum (screenplay)
Stars: Mildred Harris, Violet MacMillan and Fred Woodward
Release Date: 28 September 1914 (USA)
Also Known As: The Magic Cloak of Oz (USA - alternative title), The Witch Queen (UK - cut version)
Filming Locations: Oz Film Manufacturing Company Studios - Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Production Co: Oz Film Manufacturing Company, The
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Cloak | Queen | Wish | King | Tiger  | Lion | Magic | Robbers | Fairy | Mule | Princess | Monkey | Invader | Donkey | Animal Costume | Fighting | Fantasy Land | Maid | Happy Ending | Sequel | Double Exposure Effects | Fairy Tale | Kingdom | Crow | Based On Novel
Genres: Short | Adventure | Family | Fantasy
The fairies of Oz gather in the forest of Burzee one evening and weave a magic cloak that gives the wearer one wish, so long as it has not been stolen. The man in the moon tells them that their messenger should give it to the first miserable person she sees. Two children, Fluff and her younger brother "Bud" (a child's attempt at "brother," which stuck), have just lost their father and are taken by Aunt Rivette to live in Nole, the capital city of Noland, where the king has just died without heir. The messenger gives Fluff the cloak, who wishes to be happy again, while a legal loophole places Bud on the throne, and they empty the treasury to buy toys. Their pet mule Nickodemus is captured by robbers and puts together a small animal army (including the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, the Lonesome Zoop, the Woozy, and others) to battle the Rolly Rogues that have invaded the city...
Featured in  Like Babes in the Woods; The Hollywood Road to Oz; Oz: The American Fairyland
Followed by The New Wizard of Oz
Follows The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Referenced in The Church
References A Trip to the Moon 

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