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Script excerpt from "The Wizard of Oz," written by Noel Langley

Wizard: Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the earth—or slinks through slimy seas has a brain!

MCU—Wizard—shooting past the Scarecrow at right—

Wizard: From the rock-bound coast of Maine to the Sun…oh-oh, no----ah –Well, be that as it may. Back where I come from we have universities, seats of great learning—where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts—and with no more brains than you have…But! They have one thing you haven’t got! A diploma!

MS—The Wizard reaches back and obtains several diplomas—selecting one and presents it to the Scarecrow as Dorothy, Tin Man and the Lion look on—

Wizard: Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeeatum e plurbis unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th.D.

Scarecrow: Th.D.?

MCU—Wizard—shooting past the Scarecrow at right—

Wizard: Yeah—that, that’s Dr. of Thinkology!

CU—The Scarecrow recites the Pythagoras Theorem—reacts with joy—

Scarecrow: The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh joy, rapture! I’ve got a brain!

MCS—Wizard, Scarecrow, Dorothy, Tin Man and Lion—the Scarecrow thanks the Wizard—Wizard takes the Lion and leads him forward—CAMERA TRUCKS back and PANS right—the others follow—the Wizard pauses on the throne steps—opens a door and takes out a black bag—takes a medal from the bag—

Scarecrow: How can I ever thank you enough?

Wizard: Well, you can’t.

 

 

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