I am trying to remember a film I saw as a child where at the very end (I think), a boy who I think is the main character is turned into a princess (or maybe a queen). It turned out that he was always a princess and was transformed for some... purpose. I think it might have had to do with protecting her.

His caretakers want to transform him back, but he resists the idea at first. They eventually convince him (or he may have had no choice at all), and he transforms.

The scene is kind of bizarre and shows the character suddenly a woman wearing a flowing dress. I think the scene was outdoors in a garden.

Unfortunately this is all I remember of this movie and I am not sure reliable the details are.


As per Zeiss Ikon's answer, The Marvelous Land of Oz has a central plot point that Tip, a young boy, is actually the Princess Ozma. The film he cites, Return to Oz, is a partial adaptation of that book, but does not include Tip. On the other hand, The Wonderful Land of Oz, released in 1969, does. It is very low budget and very strange, and the transformation scene fits.

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    It could also be the The Marvelous Land of Oz stage play, also a faithful adaptation of the book, and which has had filmed versions such as at youtube.com/watch?v=HvVxgs3dYJY. – FuzzyBoots Jul 24 '19 at 13:41
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    Hard to believe how quickly the answers come in here. This is almost certainly it. The visuals are not what I had in my head, but Tip's line "but I don't want to be a girl!" plus the voice of the fairy is almost exactly what I was remembering. Accepting. – Davis says reinstate Monica Jul 24 '19 at 14:29
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    I think that the first time this story might have been filmed was Shirley Temple 's Storybook "The Land of Oz" 18 September 1960. That is also in color, and can be seen online. youtube.com/watch?v=QRIhwSBcGqk – M. A. Golding Jul 24 '19 at 16:27
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    @PM2Ring: Probably unlikely. For one, as you note, Tipton's biological sex didn't come out until 1989. For two, Tip is short for "Tippetarius". – FuzzyBoots Jul 25 '19 at 14:44
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    For three, Billy Tipton wasn't even born until seven years after the publication of The Marvelous Land of Oz in book form. – Zeiss Ikon Jul 25 '19 at 17:36

This sounds very much like Return to Oz -- this movie was based on the second and third Oz books by L. Frank Baum, and included the Deadly Desert, the Wheelmen, the witch Mombi, the Gump, as well as Dorothy and Toto and Billina the Hen -- however, Tip, who in the course of things was shown to have been Princess Ozma in the book Ozma of Oz, transformed into a boy and her memory blocked to keep her hidden after Mombi captured her, is bypassed and Ozma is found to be trapped in a mirror in this version.

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