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Alice in Wonderland (1931)

A young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit-hole and wanders into the strange world of Wonderland.

Director:

Bud Pollard

Writers:

Lewis Carroll (novel), John E. Goodson (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ruth Gilbert ... Alice
Ralph Hertz Ralph Hertz ... The White Rabbit
Lillian Ardell Lillian Ardell ... The Cook
Mabel Wright ... The Duchess
Tom Corless Tom Corless ... The Cheshire Cat
Leslie King Leslie King ... The Mad Hatter
Meyer Berensen Meyer Berensen ... The March Hare
Raymond Schultz Raymond Schultz ... The Dormouse
Jimmy Rosen Jimmy Rosen ... The Caterpillar
Vie Quinn Vie Quinn ... The Queen of Hearts
N.R. Cregan N.R. Cregan ... The King of Hearts
Patrick Glasgow Patrick Glasgow ... The Knave of Hearts
Gus Alexander Gus Alexander ... The Mock Turtle
Charles Silvern Charles Silvern ... The Gryphon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Gleason Pat Gleason ... Knave of Hearts
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A young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit-hole and wanders into the strange world of Wonderland.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alicja w krainie czarów See more »

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Production Co:

Metropolitan Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the opening titles The Cheshire Cat is billed as 'The Chesire Cat'. See more »

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Version of Alice in Wonderland (1915) See more »

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Alice In Wonderland
Written by Irving Berlin
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Curiouser Curiosity
20 March 2011 | by Eugene KimSee all my reviews

The first "talking" movie version of "Alice in Wonderland," produced in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1931, two years before Paramount's all-star production. Ruth Gilbert stars as Lewis Carroll's heroine in this black and white featurette (running under an hour) directed by Bud Pollard.

I'd been casually searching for a copy for years, and finally managed to get ahold of a DVD copy of a pretty battered 16mm print.

Well. It's about what you'd expect for a 1931 talkie -- a creaky curiosity of a film with overly broad acting, awkward pauses, rudimentary costumes and sets and a primitive-sounding soundtrack.

I have a hard time imagining that anyone enjoyed watching this, even in 1931; it comes across as little more than a filmed community theater production of "Alice" without any real sense of Carroll's wit or whimsy. (Then again, that's how I also feel about the 1933 movie starring Charlotte Henry, despite its higher production values.) The climactic trial of the Knave of Hearts does boast a decidedly shocking twist not found in the book that probably had Lewis Carroll turning in his grave.

A heavily made-up Ruth Gilbert was about 18 when she played Alice; a little of her "little girl" routine goes a long way. Now and then she tries to affect what may have been a trans-Atlantic accent, but most of the time she carries on like a Broadway chorine. (When confronted by the other characters toward the end, this all-too-American Alice yells at them, "Come on, all of you! Who's afraid of a paltry pack of cards!")

Still, despite its shortcomings, this film remains interesting from a historical perspective, not only as the first sound "Alice," but also as a reminder of Fort Lee's prominent place in early film history.


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