A one-hour version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, with a somewhat revised storyline reminiscent of "The Wizard of Oz".
Did You Know?
The famous "March" is heard during the opening credits to the production (which were made especially for this CBS presentation of the film), but not during the actual film. The actual film begins with the "Overture Miniature", which is also the music that begins the ballet. See more
As he is speaking during the introductory host sequence, Eddie Albert
can quite obviously be seen glancing to the side occasionally to read the cue cards. See more
[from the videotaped introduction to the film
Now why would anybody write about a nutcracker? Well, nutcrackers nowadays are pretty plain affairs, but in the olden days, master craftsmen would outdo one another carving nutcrackers from wood or from metal.
Version of Nutcracker Fantasy
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Franz Allers See more