The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story

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The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story
Directed by Jack Bender
Produced by Ervin Zavada
David Kirschner
(Executive Producer)
Written by David Kirschner (story)
Richard Matheson (story & teleplay)
Starring John Ritter
Annette O'Toole
Rue McClanahan
Charles Haid
David Schramm
Music by Lee Holdridge
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by Thomas Burstyn
Distributed by NBC
Release dates
  • December 10, 1990 (1990-12-10)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story is a 1990 film that stars John Ritter as Lyman Frank Baum, the man who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and thirteen of the other Oz books. Also starring in this TV movie was Annette O'Toole as Baum's supportive wife, Maud and Rue McClanahan as Baum's tough mother-in-law, Matilda Gage. John's son, Jason Ritter, makes his debut[citation needed] in this telefilm as Harry Neal Baum.


The film depicts how L. Frank Baum came to create one of the much loved fairy tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, while undergoing professional and personal failures.

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