Faerie Tale Theatre: Season 3, Episode 2

The Princess and the Pea (16 Apr. 1984)

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A bored prince realizes he would like a wife. His mother searches through all the kingdoms far and wide for a "suitable" princess. In the meantime, a charming and witty young lady, who ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Prince Richard
Princess Alecia
Queen Veronica / Woman in Museum
The Fool / Museum Guard
Pat McCormick ...
King Fredrico / Man in Museum
Princess Elizabeth
Diane Stilwell ...
Princess Rebecca
Pat Ast ...
Princess #1
Mimi Seaton ...
Princess #2 (as Mimi Seton)
Jane Alden ...
Agricultural Princess
David McCharen ...
Royal Messenger
Daniel Frishman ...
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A bored prince realizes he would like a wife. His mother searches through all the kingdoms far and wide for a "suitable" princess. In the meantime, a charming and witty young lady, who claims to be a princess, shows up at the castle doorstep with a sprained ankle and is shown hospitality by the prince and his best friend the Fool. Written by atozcleanrita

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Liza Minnelli was pregnant during the production. See more »


Prince Richard: Why can't I find a woman who's... who's kind, and gentle and understanding?
Princess Alecia: And *fun*, Richard, and fun.
Prince Richard: And fun. Someone who's... who's... Well, just like you. Oh, I say.
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Version of Once Upon a Mattress (1972) See more »

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A classic addition to a classic series
4 October 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love the "Faerie Tale Theatre" series! I finally obtained several episodes last May through the z-shops at amazon.com. Among the fifteen that I have purchased "The Princess and the Pea" is one of my top three favorites (following "Little Red Riding Hood" at #1 and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" following in place at #3). Oscar-winner* Liza Minelli is PERFECT as Princess Alicia and Tom Conti makes for a lovable, "mixed-up" Prince Richard. Rounding out the cast are Tim Kazurinsky as the comic court Fool, Oscar-winner* Beatrice Straight is delicious as the control-freak Queen Veronica and Pat McCormick as the cuckoo-headed King Frederico (referred to his wife as "Fredicans"). A nice added touch is the opening and closing of the film which takes place in a museum where McCormack and Straight play a married couple who discover the famous pea inside a glass case and Kazurinsky, playing a museum guard tells them the tale of how it became famous. The costumes and sets are beautifully designed and the acting and the script are 100% first rate!!! Although it is currently discontinued from video it is soon to be made available hopefully within a year or two. In the meantime, it can still be rented in video stores and I sincerely suggest it to anyone who has seen at least three episodes of this remarkable series!!!

*Minelli, 1972-Best Actress, "Cabaret"; Straight, 1976- Best Supporing Actress, "Network"

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