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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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Stepsister Joy
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Fairy Godmother (as Edith Adams)
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David F. Perkins ...
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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

CBS originally broadcast this program live and in color. However the recently discovered kinescope is in black and white. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Fairy Godmother: All the dreamers in all the world are dizzy in the noodle!
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Connections

Version of The Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Stepsisters' Lament
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Alice Ghostley and Kaye Ballard
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Kinescopically gorgeous!!
14 December 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I'm gonna piggy-back right along with the previous comments. I just saw it on Maryland Public Television and it was a real event for me. I know both of the remakes, the Disney cartoon, the Prokofiev ballet, and the film EVER AFTER. But I'm a vintage T.V. junkie at heart, and more than anything else, this production was a phenomenal advancement in TV entertainment. Differing from the broadcast adaptation of the Broadway musical PETER PAN- and as Julie Andrews herself mentions in the opening monologue- this production was originally written for television by Rodgers & Hammerstein themselves. And it is the quirky, tongue-in-cheek script which is one of the show's delights. The biggest delight by far, is the fact that this was a LIVE performance, shown warts and all- like a boom mike shadow on a draping wall or a missed song cue in the second act. This performance occurred roughly six months ahead of the first ever videotaped images. No CGI or ILM movie effects here. Once you fully understand that, you can suspend yourself completely into a more innocent and wondrous frame of mind and let the performances and especially the music speak for themselves. A cleaned up, remastered kinescope film, you'll notice the unusually high contrast in some of the darker images and nighttime sequences. But the "Impossible" Act 1 finale with Andrews and gorgeous fairy godmother Edie Adams is still a stellar moment, from the sparkler lighting effects to the final shot inside the moving coach. And it is nice to see so many surviving cast members (Kaye Ballard, Edie Adams, and Jon Cypher) comment on this 47-year-old production. I loved it!!


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