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Cinderella (1957)

TV Movie  -   -  Musical | Family | Comedy  -  31 March 1957 (USA)
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The first of three TV-versions of the classic fairy tale that featured a Rodgers and Hammerstein score.

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Stepsister Portia
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Fairy Godmother (as Edith Adams)
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The first of three TV-versions of the classic fairy tale that featured a Rodgers and Hammerstein score.

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Two ball gowns of completely different designs were worn by Julie Andrews. Early publicity stills of the production (some of which still exist today) show Andrews in a traditional, storybook-like tulle skirt gown. This gown was ultimately never used for the broadcast, dismissed as too big and heavy to utilize through all the live broadcast maneuvers. A simpler, sleeveless white sheath fitted closer to Andrews' body was used instead. See more »

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The shadow of the boom mic visible on the right side of screen when Cinderella sings "In My Own Little Corner". See more »

Quotes

Cinderella: [singing] It's possible!
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Version of Branca de Neve (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Impossible; It's Possible
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Julie Andrews and Edie Adams
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Quite simply the best version
6 July 2002 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

I've finally seen a B&W kinescope copy of the live color telecast of March 31, 1957--about 3 months after I was born. Someone of my age can take into account that this was live television (something many younger viewers may not be able to do), and accept all the limitations inherent in that medium. Still, this is by far a superior version of the R&H classic. The celebrated team did not condescend to the medium of television, but chose to treat it as every bit as important as a Broadway show. Hammerstein's lyrics for such songs as "IN MY OWN LITTLE CORNER," "IMPOSSIBLE," and "DO I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL" are as fine as any he wrote for Broadway. Likewise, Rodgers' music for those songs, plus his "GAVOTTE," "WALTZ FOR A BALL," and "WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING THROUGH THE MOONLIGHT/A LOVELY NIGHT" are among his best melodies. The script is witty; the actors play it realistically, and with humor. All in all, this production should be revived today on live television [despite the Disney version with a miscast Brandy] with a cast equal to the original. Unfortunately, there is probably no one to rival Julie Andrews in today's young musical comedy stars--although Kristen Chenowith might be great Cinderella. (Hint, hint!!) If you ever get a chance to see thus version, GO!!!!!


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