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Mitchell J. Lewis (26 June 1880 – 24 August 1956) was the actor who played the Captain of the Wicked Witch of the West's Winkie guards in the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz — the figure who cries "Hail to Dorothy!" once the Witch is dead.

Lewis had a long career in Hollywood, appearing in more than 200 features between 1914 and 1956, though normally in small parts. He repeatedly played a doorman, a bartender, a "major domo," a police detective, a sailor, a pirate, and similar roles. He played doormen in three separate films in 1953 alone, including Kiss Me Kate.

In Sutter's Gold (1936), though, Lewis was King Kamehameha. Especially in his earlier years, he often played Native Americans, sultans and sheiks, and other "native" and non-Caucasian roles. Most of his films are forgotten — though he played Bennett the labor leader in Frank Capra's Meet John Doe (1941).

He had a small part in The Harvey Girls (1946), which more prominently featured Oz veterans Judy Garland and Ray Bolger. He was in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) with Margaret Hamilton. Apart from Oz, he was in eight films with Frank Morgan, four with Charley Grapewin, and three with Clara Blandick.

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