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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.


Ralph Nelson

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Julie Andrews ... Cinderella
Howard Lindsay 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


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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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


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Sound Mix:



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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two ball gowns of completely different designs were worn by Julie Andrews. Early publicity stills of the production (some of which still exist today) show Andrews in a traditional, storybook-like tulle skirt gown. This gown was ultimately never used for the broadcast, dismissed as too big and heavy to utilize through all the live broadcast maneuvers. A simpler, sleeveless white sheath fitted closer to Andrews' body was used instead. See more »


The shadow of the boom mic visible on the right side of screen when Cinderella sings "In My Own Little Corner". See more »


Fairy Godmother: All the dreamers in all the world are dizzy in the noodle!
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Version of Cinderella (1914) See more »


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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