Why Doesn't Dorothy Die After The Hour Glass Runs Out?
They get her out of the room and that breaks the spell?
...because it was all just a dream?
It's not a spell. The witch is going to come back to kill her in an hour, and so she turns to hourglass over to let Dorothy know how long she has left. But they save her just before the sands run out.
Unfortunately, the witch is on her way back to the room to kill Dorothy, so she catches them all in the hall beneath the room. But then they escape thanks to the Scarecrow, only to be caught again in the turret tower of the castle's parapet.
How was that going to work?
Dorothy was lucky that she arrived on the day OZ returned to Standard Time.
[quote]The witch is going to come back to kill her in an hour
Did she have dry-cleaning to pick up? She had to put money in the meter?
I think she was going to LensCrafters.
She did die, OP. That's why she "woke up" in Kansas.
Margaret Hamilton truly committed to that line; it scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.
I cried and cried when I saw this movie.
No kid under 8 or 9 should ever see it.
I honestly thought this would be another Golden Girls thread.
The witch says, "These things must be done delicately, or you hurt the spell." Remember, she just got zapped for trying to snatch the shoes off by force.
I guess that's meant to explain why she doesn't just bludgeon Dorothy then and there.
I always thought the hour glass was a bomb. The Witch hurls it at the group and it explodes!
I posted this clip to a Mister Rogers thread recently, but think it's also relevant here. Hear Margaret Hamilton put a positive spin on the Witch character:
Why didn't Dorothy just turn the hourglass over and buy more time?
I liked how Dorothy was so happy toto survived even though she wAs going to die.
i always thought the biggest question and biggest "HUH" was "why did she have a bucket of water just laying around when it could melt and destroy her" i mean it wasn't like anyone was watering any trees or plants around high up in the castle nor anyone mopping the floors! lol!
very "convenient" story prop....
and that whole "you always had the power to get back! why didn't you tell her said the scarecrow 'because she wouldn't have believed me!" says glenda the good witch of the north...
DID YOU TRY? NOPE! you made her go thru all this crap! sounds like glenda was kind of masochistic if you ask me! laugh!
Thank you [R16], that image just made me lol on the bus. TWoO is one of my favourite movies and I will never be able to watch that scene again without picturing Dorothy hopping murderously toward the witch.
I still want to know why the Tinman unfurls the rope pretending he's not doing anything allowing the wizard's balloon to go up more quickly.
What a 4 star piece of shit.
[quote]why did she have a bucket of water just laying around when it could melt and destroy her"
Nonsense, how many people have fireplaces? Fire destroys things. The witch may have had issues with water but her guards and monkeys could have been at risk and needed to be put out should they caught on fire.
It was Dorothy that murdered two people in Oz.
Because it was all a dream, she used to read word up magazine
Dorothy, a young girl, was frozen in fear. All she could do was crumple to the floor and weakly call out for Auntie Em.
She's trapped by a terrifying witch who she knows wants to and can kill her and you think she's suddenly going to have the wherewithall to go all ninja to kick her way out?? Only on DL...
Because it won't turn over, R19. It won't turn over!!!
After the make-over in Oz, her hair keeps changing lengths, magically.
There is a book that was published years ago -- and is probably still available on Amazon -- that contains the final script that was used for the movie. But, it also provides a somewhat detailed description of all the changes that went on with the script up until the final version. There were plot twists and turns that never made it close to what was filmed. The thing went through so many cuts and rewrites that it's a wonder it is coherent at all. If you read that book you can almost forgive the movie's inconsistencies -- like cutting out the Jitterbug number but leaving in the Witch's reference to having "sent a little insect on ahead to take the fight out of them." Or her waving around the Golden Cap to summon the Winged Monkeys without any explanation as to what it was (it's from the book).
If I recall, the bucket of water was from the book as well, and was just sitting around to be used to wash the floor. In the movie, the bucket is not on the floor, right?
I mean, this is a Kansas orphan who runs away from home; consorts with a talking scarecrow, a metal man and a lion; plays with dwarf hordes; gets high in public off opium; and leads the way to an evil witch's castle to steal her broom.
And she's Judy Fucking Garland. She saw worse things than the Wicked Witch of the West that morning in her toilet.
The whole month vie was a metaphor for getting high. L. Frank Baum was a big junkie.
TV Guide Plot Summary:
A young woman gets transported to a bizarre landscape and kills the first person she meets. She then teams up with three strangers to kill again.
[quote]I still want to know why the Tinman unfurls the rope pretending he's not doing anything allowing the wizard's balloon to go up more quickly.
Because the Wizard gave him a gay heart and after that, there was no way the Tin Man was letting him take off with Judy Garland.
I wonder if the Witch munched on that young Kansas muff while she had her in captivity?
Yikes, this thread is getting scaaaaaary.
OP, because that would have made an odd movie ending,
"why didn't she just extend one foot and hop at the witch continually shocking her into submission?"
Originally, it was written that way. By this point in the filming, however, they had trouble keeping Garland upright on both feet. She's practically dragged down the yellow brick road in a few shots.
The hour glass was just a scare tactic. The Witch of the West was more wicked than powerful or even competent.
Bull, she could've curled up in the fetal position and just use her feet and the shoes to keep the witch at bay.
Here's the cut scene from the Wizard of Oz, later reused in another movie, about how hard witches have it.
I used to wait for that old man's voice to say "like sands through the hourglass..."
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