The Dreamer of Oz

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The Dreamer of Oz
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Production company: Bedrock Productions
Adams Productions
Spelling Entertainment
Distributor: NBC
Release date: December 10, 1990
Run time: 1:32:48
Starring: John Ritter
Annette O'Toole
Rue McClanahan
Charles Haid
David Schramm
Nancy Lenehan
Courtney Barilla
Executive producer(s): David Kirschner
Robert M. Myman
Producer(s): Laura Moskowitz
David Brooks
Ervin Zavada
Clare Witt
Music composed by: Lee Holdridge
Story by: David Kirschner and Richard Matheson
Screenplay by: Richard Matheson
Director(s): Jack Bender
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The Dreamer of Oz is an American live-action biographical TV film based on the life of L. Frank Baum and his creation of the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film was a joint production by Bedrock Productions, Adam Productions, and Spelling Entertainment. It aired on December 10, 1990 on NBC. It was written by David Kirschner and Robert M. Myman, produced by Ervin Zavada, and directed by Jack Bender.

During the opening night of MGM's The Wizard of Oz in 1939, Maude Gage Baum tells an aspiring young reporter the story of how she met Baum, a struggling actor, and how he went from job to job to support their family, all the while he developed what became The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which he struggled to get published.

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In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Announcer Dale Tarter
Albert John Cameron Mitchell
Maude Gage Baum Annette O'Toole
L. Frank Baum John Ritter
Harriet Alvena Baum Neal Nancy Lenehan
Matilda Joselyn Gage Rue McClanahan
Actress Laura Owens
Frank Joselyn Baum Joshua Boyd (young Frank Jr.)
Tim Eyster
Christopher Pettiet (teen Frank Jr.)
Robert Stanton Baum Ryan Todd
Charlie H. Gage Pat Skipper
Helen Leslie Gage Gage Nancy Morgan
Dorothy Leslie Gage Courtney Barilla
Mr. Harris Rod Gist
Ned Brown Ed Gale
Farmer Ed Gale
Scarecrow David Ellzy
Mr. Southby Unavailable
Mrs. Southby Unavailable
Uncle Henry
Aunt Em
Tin Man Derek Loughram
Al Badham Charles Haid
Mrs. Badham
Harry Neal Baum Jason Ritter
Cowardly Lion Charles Haid
Sullivan Frank Hamilton
Salesman Roger Steffans
Tobey Unavailable
Dorothy Gale Courtney Barilla
Toto Unavailable
Mr. Munchkin Jerry Maren
Mrs. Munchkin Elizabeth Barrington
William Denslow David Schramm
George Hill Steven Gilborn
Publisher Bill DeLand
Mr. Reynolds Unavailable





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The score was composed and conducted by Lee Holdridge. The music coordinator was Frank Capp.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: December 10, 1990 on NBC

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