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The Glass Slipper (1955)

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Tomboyish outcast "Cinder" Ella and the duke's charming son Charles fall in love in this comedic rendition of the classic fairy tale.

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In a small pleasant European village, there is one unhappy person: Ella. She is despised by everyone, and mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters. Out feeling miserable one day, Ella meets a handsome young man, who falls for her. He is really Prince Charles, the son of the Duke, but he tells her he is the son of the cook, and invites her to a great ball at the Duke's castle. A strange woman who lives in the mountains by herself befriends Ella, and dresses her up so she can attend the ball. She goes, and is a great success, but must run out at midnight. In her haste, she drops a single glass slipper. The Prince uses the slipper to find her. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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29 November 1955 (Japan)  »

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Der gläserne Pantoffel  »

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Trivia

Tommy Rall, Jacques d'Amboise and James Mitchell were all considered for the role of Prince Charles. Michael Wilding, despite having no professional dance training, was cast due to the rash of publicity surrounding his marriage to fellow MGM contract player Elizabeth Taylor'. See more »

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When Ella is leaving the ball/castle, it is obviously daylight outside though the clock said midnight. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Toquet: What's your name?
Ella: Elle, but they won't even call me by name! They call me, Edwin and Willy and the others, because of the ashes they call me Cinderella.
Mrs. Toquet: Cinderella... Cin-der-el-la. Such a beautiful word, I like it very much. There are other words I like very much, like windowsill and elbow. El-bow. And I like Apple Dumpling too. Apple dumpling, it's a comical word. Apple Dumpling. Pickle Relish! That has a nice snap to it! What happened to your hair?
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Take My Love
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
Sung by Michael Wilding (dubbed by Gilbert Russell) (uncredited)
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Cut out the ballet and you've got a wonderful film...
11 November 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting retelling of the story of Cinderella--interesting because the story is quite different from the French or German or Disney versions. For instance, Cinderella is NOT a very nice person in this film. As a result of being made fun of for her frumpy appearance, she is a rather short-tempered person--making her more complex and interesting compared to the perfect version in the Disney film. Her sisters, too, are NOT ugly--just vain and self-centered. It's also nice because unlike the traditional story, this one is much more romantic--and this is probably the best aspect of the movie. Seeing Leslie Caron in love scenes with the Price (though she thought the character played by Michael Wilding was just a cook) was delightful. The only serious problem with the film were some of the dance sequences. The dream sequence with the ballet just went on way too long and I am sure it tended to alienate many in the audience---I know it did that for me. In many ways, this sequence was so long and overdone it reminded me of the big dance scene from "An American in Paris"--which you either love or you hate (guess which applies to me!). As for the acting, Caron is her usual wonderful self and she made the film a delight. I also adored Estelle Winwood--she made for a very funny and more human sort of fairy godmother--wonderful and very, very different.

This is a hard one to rate. While I loved the film (it really melted my heart), it should have been tightened up by either eliminating or trimming all the fantasy dance sequences, as they tended to make the plot grind to a halt.


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