In the tiny kingdom of Euphrania, the King (Sir Michael Hordern) and his court are most anxious to get Prince Edward (Richard Chamberlain) wed. But Edward wants to marry for love. Meanwhile, young Cinderella (Gemma Craven) finds life drastically altered with her father's death, as she's forced to be a servant in her own house. But a cheery Fairy Godmother (Annette Crosbie) helps her with her impossible tasks, and even gets her to take an evening out at the King's bride-finding ball. But when the magic wears off, and the prince with shoe-in-hand searches for Cinderella and finds her, what is going to happen to Euphrania without the needed marriage alliance to prevent war?Written by
He can write what he likes, so long as he clears this room. There are too many people in it by far. Most of them not worth the candle.
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At the climactic ball scene, the main characters approach the camera in pairs, bow (as their names appear onscreen) and then join the dance, starting with featured players and working up the cast list to Gemma Craven and Richard Chamberlain. See more »
NBC edited 16 minutes from this film for its 1981 network television premiere. See more »
The Long-Lost Top-Notch Musical that I Never Got to See Again
I, too, have been longing forever (since VCRs appeared) for this musical to become available on video. The Sherman & Sherman (& Morley) songs are perfectly good, and the choreography is super, but what I remember best is the great, iconoclastically non-chalant Fairy Godmother character (Annette Crosbie). I put her among the greatest steal-the-show supporting characters of all time, right along with Nicol Williamson's Merlin in "Excalibur."
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