An oppressed young woman finds happiness when she secretly attends the royal ball.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
King Rupert III
Royal Adviser
Jane Alden ...
David McCharen ...
Lise Lang ...
Young Lady at Ball
Maiden at Ball
Ty Crowley ...
Gentleman At Ball


An oppressed young woman finds happiness when she secretly attends the royal ball.

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8 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Delightful rendition of the classic tale
2 June 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the best of Shelley Duvall's high-quality "Faerie Tale Theatre" series. The ugly stepsisters are broadway-quality comedy relief, and Eve Arden is the personification of wicked stepmotherhood. Jennifer Beals does an excellent job as a straight Cinderella, especially in the garden scene with Matthew Broderick's Prince Charming. Jean Stapleton plays the fairy godmother well, although I'm not sure I liked the "southern lady" characterization with some of the lines. Steve Martin's comedy relief as the Royal Orchestra Conductor is quintessential Martin, but a tiny bit misplaced in the show's flow.

As is customary with the series, there are several wry comments thrown in for the older children (ages 15 and up). With a couple of small bumps, the show flows well, and they live happily ever after. Children up to age 8 will continue to watch it after the parents finally get tired of it -- I found 3 times in one day to be a little too much.

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