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22 December 1933 (USA) See more »
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In Victorian England a bored young girl dreams that she has entered a fantasy world called Wonderland populated by even more fantastic characters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Arlen ... Cheshire Cat
Roscoe Ates ... Fish
William Austin ... Gryphon

Gary Cooper ... White Knight
Leon Errol ... Uncle Gilbert

Louise Fazenda ... White Queen

W.C. Fields ... Humpty-Dumpty

Alec B. Francis ... King of Hearts
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Rabbit (as Skeets Gallagher)

Cary Grant ... Mock Turtle
Lillian Harmer ... Cook
Raymond Hatton ... Mouse
Charlotte Henry ... Alice

Sterling Holloway ... Frog

Edward Everett Horton ... Mad Hatter

Roscoe Karns ... Tweedledee
Baby LeRoy ... Joker (as Baby Le Roy)

Mae Marsh ... Sheep
Polly Moran ... Dodo Bird
Jack Oakie ... Tweedledum
Edna May Oliver ... Red Queen

May Robson ... Queen of Hearts

Charles Ruggles ... March Hare (as Charlie Ruggles)
Jackie Searl ... Dormouse
Alison Skipworth ... Duchess
Ned Sparks ... Caterpillar

Ford Sterling ... White King
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Billy Barty ... White Pawn / The Baby (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Two of Spades (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Garden Frog (uncredited)
Jack Duffy ... Leg of Mutton (uncredited)
Harry Ekezian ... First Executioner (uncredited)
Meyer Grace ... Third Executioner (uncredited)

Ethel Griffies ... Miss Simpson the Governess (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... The Clock (uncredited)
Charles McNaughton ... Five of Spades (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... The Aunt (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Plum Pudding (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Seven of Spades (uncredited)
Joe Torillo ... Second Executioner (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod  (as Norman Mc Leod)
Writing credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play) and
William Cameron Menzies (screen play)

Lewis Carroll  (as Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland)

Produced by
Emanuel Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
Benjamin Glazer .... associate producer (uncredited)
Louis D. Lighton .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (photographed by)
Henry Sharp (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland (uncredited)
Art Direction by
William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Robert Odell (settings)
Costume Design by
Newt Jones (costumes by) (as Newt Jons)
Wally Westmore (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Newt Jones .... masks
Wally Westmore .... masks
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ewing Scott .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene Merritt .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... technical effects
Gordon Jennings .... technical effects
Animation Department
Hugh Harman .... animator (segment "The Walrus and the Carpenter") (uncredited)
Rudolf Ising .... animator (segment "The Walrus and the Carpenter") (uncredited)
Music Department
Nat W. Finston .... musical supervisor (as Nathaniel Finston)
Herman Hand .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Leipold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Oscar Potoker .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Reese .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Sue Kellogg .... stand-in: Charlotte Henry (uncredited)
LeRoy Prinz .... pageantry (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland" - USA (complete title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Portugal:M/6 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1367-R: 31 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Young actress Sue Kellogg auditioned for the role of Alice. She lost to Charlotte Henry, but was kept on as Henry's stand-in.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): William Shakespeare's birth and death dates are given as 1585-1616. That would make him 31 when he died. Actually, although he did die in 1616 at the age of 52, he was born in 1564.See more »
Alice:How can you go on talking so quietly with your head in a ditch?
White Knight:What does it matter where my body happens to be? My mind goes on working all the same. In fact, I once invented a new pudding during the meat course.
Alice:In time to have it cooked for the next course, hmmm? That was quick work!
White Knight:Well, not the next course. In fact, I don't believe that pudding even was cooked.
Alice:What did you mean it to be made of?
White Knight:Well it began with blotting paper.
Alice:That wouldn't be very nice, I'm afraid.
White Knight:Not very nice alone, but imagine how good it would be mixed with other things such as gunpowder and sealing wax.
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An All-Star Spectacular Just Misses True Classic Status, 13 August 2009
Author: eschetic-2 from Bolton, Ct./Jersey City, NJ; United States

In the depths of the Great Depression, Paramount mounted this spectacular fantasy with a galaxy of top flight stars and just missed creating a classic. Like the stage ALICE IN WONDERLAND Eva LeGallienne had mounted the year before at her Civic Repertory Theatre in New York - only just closed when the film opened - which appears to have inspired this production, the sets and costumes are drawn heavily from the classic and by then in public domain illustrations from the original book by John Tenniel.

The result is a dazzling world - starting with Alice's Victorian drawing room where she is waiting out a snow storm with her cat, Dinah and her aunt before beginning her explorations Through the Looking Glass (the film combines both of Lewis Carroll's most famous books) and continuing through most of the most famous incidents from the books in live action fantasy form.

Only "The Walrus and The Carpenter," delightfully rendered by Max Fleischer's cartoon studio (one would love to have seen the cut footage of the similarly popular "You Are Old Father William" poem!) was deemed too hard to portray with live actors - the baby oysters lured from their bed for culinary conversation - "Shoes and ships and sealing wax" and all that. You've probably seen this cartoon edited from the film and issued separately!

This was a separate Hollywood production, despite similarities with the Broadway play with music, and didn't use the any of that show's Richard Addinsell song score (recorded by RCA during the stage show's 1947 revival) but turned Dimitri Tiomkin loose on it, and it's nice to see that film's premiere composer could also turn out a nice enough song or two too. This was a first class production all the way - and like MGM's WIZARD OF OZ six years later, didn't make money in it's initial release - or initial RE-release in 1935. Lacking ...OZ's Technicolor and popular song score, this ALICE IN WONDERLAND didn't even carve out its classic niche when television came in, and is now almost lost - supplanted in the popular mind by the fine 1951 Disney animated version of the story, but is well worth seeking out for lovers of Lewis Carroll, classic fantasy or classic film.

Technicolor or not, songs or not, the film still has elements which dazzle and only a few serious drawbacks for the "short attention span" set. Charlotte Henry is a fine, natural Alice (in an all too brief career of only 31 films, before retiring during WWII, she also did the Laurel & Hardy BABES IN TOYALAND in 1934 and the best of all the Chans, CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OPERA in 1936 as Boris Karloff's daughter!) and she is ably supported by a cast of great actors - not all of whom have the luxury of costumes revealing their faces like Ned Sparks' Caterpillar, Edward Everett Horton's Mad Hatter or Edna May Oliver's Red Queen, but the voices of rising stars like Cary Grant (a wonderful singing Mock Turtle) and old pro W.C. Fields (Humpty Dumpty) won't really require seeing the faces in their "Tenniel come-to-life" costumes.

The problem, if any, comes in the mad whirl of crazy fantasy that takes Alice deeper and deeper into Wonderland (and its sequel) and after a while can lose the audience's interest as they try clinging to a thru-story line. Stick around though, for Gary Cooper's appearance around an hour into the film as The White Knight (only the name is type casting)! It is one of the greatest treats in a motion picture packed with them - and arguably one of the crowning gems of Cooper's career. Quite wonderful.

Modern audiences may cringe a bit in the opening scene seeing Alice, in a highly starched - and highly FLAMMABLE - dress and apron climbing on the grate in front of a burning fireplace to look in the mirror over the hearth, but someone at the studio did notice (and probably hoped the audience wouldn't). When Alice returns, the fire is out.

After 75 years though, the fire is far from out on this fascinating extravaganza. If you get a chance to see it, grab it.

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