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Cinderella (1957)

Although mistreated by her cruel Stepmother (Ilka Chase) and stepsisters Portia (Kaye Ballard) and Joy (Alice Ghostley), Cinderella (Dame Julie Andrews) is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a Fairy Godmother (Edie Adams).

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Ralph Nelson
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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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 (Ilka Chase) and stepsisters Portia (Kaye Ballard) and Joy (Alice Ghostley), Cinderella (Dame Julie Andrews) is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a Fairy Godmother (Edie Adams).

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Cinderella arrives at the palace at 11:30 p.m. To accentuate the shortage of time before midnight strikes, the resulting ball sequence is told almost entirely through music. The "Gavotte" leads briskly into "Ten Minutes Ago", "Stepsisters' Lament", "Waltz for a Ball", and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful", with only occasional segments of dialogue between the numbers. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Cinderella: [singing] Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream or are you really as beautiful as you seem?
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Version of Hey Cinderella! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by The Orchestra
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A Wonderful Resurrected Surprise
24 December 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

Due to the 1950s style production values of the sets I am limiting this to 1n 8, but if it had had 2005 set values it would be a 10.

Cinderella is one of the few fairy tales we grow up with that actually have been successfully used in entertainment mediums. Most people think of the Disney cartoon feature film of the early 1950s, but there was also THE GLASS SLIPPER, a full length film that appeared in the middle 1950s, the early 19th Century opera LA CENERENTOLA by Rossini, and even modern variations in film (MIDNIGHT in 1939 and CINDERFELLA in the 1960s). Then came this 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein triumph. It was their only joint musical venture for television (although Richard Rodgers had done the them music for VICTORY AT SEA), and it proved so successful that it was shown again in 1965 with another cast led by Leslie Anne Warren, Walter Pigeon, and Ginger Rogers.

At the time the original television production was shown in 1957, it came at a critical moment for the lyricist and composer. They were doing well as producers, and they had a string of mighty successful works behind them (OKLAHOMA, CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, and THE KING AND I), and they were very busy with the Hollywood productions of CAROUSEL and SOUTH PACIFIC at this time. But they were human: Several of their productions were not as successful. ALLEGRO (from the late 1940s) had an interesting book, but the music did not catch on (except one tune which was saved for SOUTH PACIFIC). ME AND JULIET, a backstage romance, had a middling run. PIPEDREAMS (based on the same stories of John Steinbeck that TORTILLA FLATS came from) was a total flop. Cinderella would be their first successful musical in five years. Soon FLOWER DRUM SONG would restore the pair to their Broadway leadership positions, capped off by their last masterpiece THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

They were fortunate to discover for their lead Julie Andrews, she of the pure human voice that comes closest to a bell. She does well acting the role of Cinderella, as well as singing the score from her first big number (in the rocking chair by the fire) to the end. Edie Adams is having fun as a rather mischievous fairy godmother, but one whose mischief has it's good motives. The young John Cypher shows that he could have been the leading man in operetta parts (fortunately for his abilities he got better dramatic roles later). His Prince Christopher is a dutiful son and a wise lover. Ilke Chase is sharp as the stepmother, but not really as vicious as her cartoon equivalent in the Disney picture. As for Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley, they certainly are amusing (Ballard is pretentious about her learning - her first name is "Portia", which leads her constantly dropping "The Quality of Mercy" Speech to whoever she sets her eyes on as a prospective lover; Ghostly is just very pessimistic). It came as a surprise to me that the Cinderella march tune actually has words that the two sisters sing at the ball.

The King and Queen are played by two performers who are not as well known as the others. Not today anyway. Howard Lindsey and Dorothy Strickney were better known in the 1950s for their work in Broadway productions (with or without each other - they were married). Lindsey is of particular interest because he made very few appearances in movies, and rarely in a large part like this one. His best recalled work was as the co-author (with Russell Crouse) of the dramatization of Clarence Day's LIFE WITH FATHER. This was one of the longest running plays in Broadway history (it once held the record of longest running - something like sixteen years). Lindsay played the role of Clarence Day Sr. (the role William Powell plays in the movie version). As you may notice that the King in Cinderella is wearing special pince - nez eyeglasses, it was probably suggested because Lindsay wore the same glasses as Mr. Day. He and his wife, Ms Strickney, share some sweet moments together as a happily married couple, probably based on their actual connection there.

Tonight was the second time PBS has shown the complete 1957 version, and as such it suggests that there may be many other nice little treasures of "lost" live performances that are waiting restoration and re-showing to today's audience.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1957 (USA) See more »

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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