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Cinderfella (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 18 December 1960 (USA)
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This was Jerry Lewis' answer to the classic Cinderella story. When his father dies, poor Cinderfella (Jerry Lewis) Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother (Dame Judith ... See full summary »

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Frank Tashlin

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Frank Tashlin
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Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Cinderfella
Ed Wynn ... Fairy Godfather
Judith Anderson ... Wicked Stepmother
Henry Silva ... Maximilian
Robert Hutton ... Rupert
Count Basie ... Count Basie
Joe Williams ... Band Vocalist
Anna Maria Alberghetti ... Princess Charming
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This was Jerry Lewis' answer to the classic Cinderella story. When his father dies, poor Cinderfella (Jerry Lewis) Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother (Dame Judith Anderson) and her two no-good sons, Maximilian (Henry Silva) and Rupert (Robert Hutton). As he slaves away for his nasty stepfamily, Maximilian and Rupert attempt to find a treasure Cinderfella's father has supposedly hidden on the estate. Meanwhile, hoping to restore her dwindling fortunes, the stepmother plans a fancy ball in honor of the visiting Princess Charming (Anna Maria Alberghetti) who she hopes will marry Rupert. Eventually, Cinderfella's Fairy Godfather (Ed Wynn) shows up to convince him that he has a shot at winning the Princess. Written by phillindholm

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Trivia

Jerry Lewis' musical entrance down the grand staircase was done in one take, a Lewis trademark. But his seven-second rush up the same sixty-three steps put too much of a strain on his heart and landed him in the hospital. In a 2011 interview, Lewis said he suffered his first heart attack while making this movie. See more »

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Cinderfella spills salt into his soup and then tries to scoop the salt out of the soup with the salt shaker. Moments later, the salt shaker is full of dry salt again. See more »

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[first lines]
Lawyer: ...and being of sound mind, and in full possession of my faculties, and in the presence of the undersigned witnesses, I write my last will and testament. I leave my estate and all my worldly goods to my dear wife, Emily. In the knowledge that she will take loving care of my son, Fella.
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Connections

Version of Cinderella (1911) See more »

Soundtracks

The Princess Waltz (Once Upon A Time)
Music by Harry Warren and Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Sung by Jerry Lewis
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Not funny
7 April 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I have nothing against Jerry Lewis - in fact, I've found several of his other movies funny. CINDERFELLA, however, was quite painful to sit through. The fault chiefly lies on Tashlin, who wrote and direct. He milks a gag endlessly, and there aren't very many humorous things in the movie in the first place. The music numbers consist of bad songs sung badly. Near the end of the movie, the movie looks like it went through some major editing, resulting in a number of things not explained or resolved. One good thing about the movie is the sets - they look lavish!

I hear they are planning to remake this movie. Though I usually balk at remakes, at least here they are planning to remake a BAD movie - which means there is plenty of room for improvement.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.78 : 1
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