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Cinderella (1957)

Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.

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Ralph Nelson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Julie Andrews ... Cinderella
Howard Lindsay ... King
Dorothy Stickney ... The Queen
Ilka Chase ... The Stepmother
Kaye Ballard ... Stepsister Portia
Alice Ghostley ... Stepsister Joy
Edie Adams ... Fairy Godmother (as Edith Adams)
Jon Cypher ... Prince Christopher
David F. Perkins David F. Perkins ... The Court Tailor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eleanor Phelps Eleanor Phelps ... Ensemble
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Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) |

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (surviving Kinescope prints)| Color (original broadcast)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It was Richard Rodgers who wanted the Fairy Godmother (played by Edie Adams) to be a beautiful young woman, arguing that, since she had magical powers, it made more sense - a concept that met with disagreement among the creative staff until the composer's view prevailed. See more »

Goofs

When performing the duet with the Queen of the reprise of "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?", Jon Cypher as the Prince, accidentally sings a line of the song that was meant to be sung by the Queen, played by Dorothy Stickney. This occurs after he sings the line "Do I want you because you're wonderful?" The camera shifts to the Queen and you can see her open her mouth to sing her line "Or is she wonderful because you want her?" but she remains silent when the Prince goes ahead and mistakenly sings the line from his point of view. According to the interview with Jon Cypher on the DVD release, he didn't realize that he had made the mistake of singing over Dorothy Stickney's line until it was too late, and because it was during a live broadcast, there was nothing either of them can do. If you listen closely, you can also hear that at that point, the orchestra has to catch up with Jon's singing to make up for the mistake. See more »

Quotes

Cinderella: [singing] It's possible!
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Version of Cinderella (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

In My Own Little Corner
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Julie Andrews
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A real cinema artifact
13 December 2004 | by r-meierSee all my reviews

Just saw this b&w copy on KET2 (Kentucky Educational Television). What a treat! Julie Andrews' voice was marvelous (though I didn't think she quite captured the innocence of Cinderella, even at 21). Edie Adams really hammed it up as the fairy godmother -- she was terrific! And it was fun seeing familiar character actors such as Jon Cypher and Alice Ghostley in their earlier days. The version I saw broke in periodically for current-day commentary by Julie Andrews, Jon Cypher, Kaye Ballard, etc. It was fascinating that they did it in real time, with costume changes just barely beating the camera!

If you get a chance to see this, go for it! It's a national treasure, even if the old Cinderella story is not your cup of tea.


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