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

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 »

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

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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Version of Faerie Tale Theatre: Sleeping Beauty (1983) See more »

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Overture
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by The Orchestra
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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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