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The Scarecrow is a character in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and later Oz books by L. Frank Baum. A living scarecrow, he encounters Dorothy Gale in a field in the Munchkin Country while she is on her way to the Emerald City. The Scarecrow joins Dorothy in the hope that the Wizard will give him a brain. They are later joined by the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion.
In the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow was played by Ray Bolger. Other actors who have played the Scarecrow over the years include Mickey Rooney (in Journey back to Oz ), and Michael Jackson (in The Wiz).
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