The Wizard of Oz: Pay No Attention
Int. Throne room — Throne — Oz’s voice booms out as the CAMERA
PULLS back to reveal the Scarecrow, Dorothy, Lion and Tin Man standing in
front of it —
Can I believe my eyes? Why….
The Four trembling with fear — CAMERA PULLS back as Dorothy comes
forward with the broomstick and places it on the steps to throne — she
…have you come back?
Please, sir. We’ve done what you told us.
We’ve brought you the broomstick of the
Wicked Witch of the West. We melted her.
…you liquidated her, eh? Very….
Dorothy smiling, with the Tin Man, Lion and the Scarecrow in back of
her also looking pleased — she speaks — they react as Oz speaks —
Yes, sir. So we’d like you to keep your
promise to us, if you please, sir.
Not so fast! Not so fast! I’ll have to give the matter a
little thought. Go away and come back tomorrow!
Dorothy, with her three friends behind her — she reacts, speaks —
the Tin Man and the Lion put in a word for her —
Tomorrow? Oh, but I want to go home now.
You’ve had plenty of time already!
Do not arouse the wrath….
Toto at Dorothy’s feet — CAMERA PANS right with him as he runs to
a curtain that hangs near the throne steps —
…of the Great and Powerful Oz!
I said — come back tomorrow!
The Four — Dorothy speaks as she looks o.s. to right f.g. — CAMERA
PULLS back to right to enter the curtain where Toto ran in the b.g. — it
shakes as Toto starts to pull it back —
If you were really great and powerful,
you’d keep your promises!
Do you presume to criticize the….
Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal the Wizard at the controls of
the throne apparatus — his back to the camera
…Great Oz? You ungrateful creatures!
The Four react with fear — Scarecrow looks o.s. to right — points
for Dorothy —
Think yourselves lucky that I’m….
Shooting past the Four at left to the Wizard at the controls of the
throne apparatus — the Four react as they see him after Dorothy calls
their attention to him —
…giving you audience tomorrow, instead
The Wizard at the controls — his back to camera — he speaks into
the microphone — he turns, looks o.s. to f.g. and sees that the curtain
is gone — reacts and turns back to the controls —
…twenty years from now. Oh — oh oh!
The Great Oz has spoken! Oh — Oh —….
Shooting past the Four at left to the Wizard as he pulls back the
… Oh …. Oh ….
The Wizard peers out from behind the curtain –
Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and Scarecrow react as they look at the Wizard
WHO ARE YOU?
The Wizard peering out from curtain – he ducks back out of sight and
his voice booms out again –
Oh – I – Pay no….
Shooting past the Four at left to the Curtain in b.g. — Dorothy
goes over to it and starts to pull it aside —
…attention to that man behind the curtain.
Go – before I lose my temper! The Great and
Dorothy pulls back the curtain to reveal the Wizard at the controls
— he reacts as he sees Dorothy — Dorothy questions him — the Wizard
starts to speak into the microphone — then turns weakly back to Dorothy —
— Oz — has spoken!
Who are you?
Well, I — I — I am the Great and Powerful
— Wizard of Oz.
Uhhhh — yes…
I don’t believe you!
No, I’m afraid it’s true.
There’s no other Wizard except me.
Yes-s-s — that…that’s exactly so. I’m
Oh, you’re a very bad man!
The Wizard reacts, speaks humbly —
Oh, no, my dear —I’m — I’m a very good
man. I’m just a very bad Wizard.