The first of three TV versions of the classic fairy tale that featured a Rodgers and Hammerstein score.

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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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Trivia

It was Richard Rodgers who wanted the Fairy Godmother (played by Edie Adams) to be a beautiful young woman, arguing that, since she had magical powers, it made more sense - a concept that met with disagreement among the creative staff until the composer's view prevailed. See more »

Goofs

When performing the duet with the Queen of the reprise of "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?", Jon Cypher as the Prince, accidentally sings a line of the song that was meant to be sung by the Queen, played by Dorothy Stickney. This occurs after he sings the line "Do I want you because you're wonderful?" The camera shifts to the Queen and you can see her open her mouth to sing her line "Or is she wonderful because you want her?" but she remains silent when the Prince goes ahead and mistakenly sings the line from his point of view. According to the interview with Jon Cypher on the DVD release, he didn't realize that he had made the mistake of singing over Dorothy Stickney's line until it was too late, and because it was during a live broadcast, there was nothing either of them can do. If you listen closely, you can also hear that at that point, the orchestra has to catch up with Jon's singing to make up for the mistake. See more »

Quotes

Cinderella: [singing] Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream or are you really as beautiful as you seem?
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Soundtracks

Ten Minutes Ago
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Jon Cypher and Julie Andrews
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Charming
30 October 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Even with its limitations of live television, in 1957, the original version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella", is still the best. It features a witty script by Oscar Hammerstein (later versions used inferior scripts), and wonderful performances from its cast. Julie Andrews is easily the superior Cinderella, over Leslie Ann Warren and Brandy. For years, this version could only be viewed at the Museum of Radio and Television in New York and Los Angeles. Image has made it available on DVD, so everyone should purchase it, and see what the early days of live television were like. The show was originally broadcast live and in color, but only a black and white kinescope of that performance remains. Still, it is a fascinating and entertaining production. Highly Recommended.


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