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SUNDAY CINEMA: 1965’s “The Wizard of Mars” is a Low-Budget Version of L. Frank Baum’s THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

The Wizard of Mars is a 1965 low budget science fiction film co-written and directed by stage magician David L. Hewitt. It’s essentially a science fiction version of of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film centers on four astronauts (one named Dorothy, played by the silver-shoe-wearing Eve Bernhardt), aboard a ship who dream they are struck by a storm and encounter the “Horrors of the Red Planet” (which was one of the film’s retitlings whenit released on video). They eventually follow a “Golden Road” to the Ancient City where they encounter the title character (played by John Carradine), who is the collective consciousness of all Martians.

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