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31 March 1957 (USA) See more »
The first of three TV versions of the classic fairy tale that featured a Rodgers and Hammerstein score. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Julie Andrews ... Cinderella
Howard Lindsay ... King
Dorothy Stickney ... The Queen

Ilka Chase ... The Stepmother

Kaye Ballard ... Stepsister Portia

Alice Ghostley ... Stepsister Joy

Edie Adams ... Fairy Godmother (as Edith Adams)

Jon Cypher ... Prince Christopher
David F. Perkins ... The Court Tailor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eleanor Phelps ... Ensemble
Charles Aschmann ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Herbert Banke ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Donald Barton ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Julius J. Bloom ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Hank Brunjes ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Robert Burland ... Ensemble (uncredited)
John Call ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Jean Caples ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Alexander Clark ... The Captain of the Guard (uncredited)
Jean Coates ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Jerome Collamore ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Sally Crane ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Richard Crowley ... Ensemble (uncredited)
William Damian ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Grace Dorian ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Debbie Douglas ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Jose Falcion ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Pat Finch ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Marvin Goodis ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Martha Greenhouse ... Ensemble (uncredited)
George Hall ... The King's Steward (uncredited)
Gloria Hamilton ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Dorothy Hill ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Stuart Hodes ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Diana Hunter ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Kathy Kelly ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Joseph Layton ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Karen Lock ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Leland Mayforth ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Margot Moser ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Giselle Orkin ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Jacquelyn Paige ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Hazel Patterson ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Robert Penn ... Town Crier (uncredited)
Alex Polermo ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Earl Rogers ... Ensemble (uncredited)
John Smolko ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Tao Strong ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Johnny Towsen ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Jayne Turner ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Karen Waters ... Ensemble (uncredited)
Iggie Wolfington ... The Chef (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Nelson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oscar Hammerstein II 
Richard Rodgers 

Produced by
Richard Lewine .... producer
Production Design by
Jean Eckart 
William Eckart 
Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan 
Costume Design by
Jean Eckart 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roland Vance .... associate director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Barry .... lighting director (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfredo Antonini .... musical director
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator
Other crew
Jonathan Lucas .... choreographer (uncredited)
Joseph Papp .... stage manager (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" - USA (complete title)
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76 min (dvd release) | USA:90 min (including commercials)
Black and White (surviving Kinescope prints) | Color (original broadcast)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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When 'Cinderella (1957) (TV)' aired on 31 March 1957, it was watched by more than 107 million people. By comparison, if the show had been presented in one of New York's largest theaters, the 3,000 seat City Center, it would have taken 80 years, at eight performances a week, to reach an audience of the same size.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Fairy Godmother:All the dreamers in all the world are dizzy in the noodle!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Cinderella (1986) (TV)See more »
When You're Driving Through The MoonlightSee more »


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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Hard to Believe They Did It Live, 27 December 2004

Boy, those were the days, weren't they? They did the musical live before millions of Americans. All that choreography, singing, staging, lighting, props getting set, happened live before the cameras, a TV musical with no net. Julie Andrews was granted a short leave of absence from My Fair Lady in order to do it. Lucky for us Lerner and Loewe were so generous to their American counterparts, Rodgers and Hammerstein. I was not quite four when this show appeared, but I was blown away enough to want to go into musical theater from that point on. Yes, those were the days...when TV was used for something more important than selling Viagra.

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