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Once Upon a Mattress (1964)

The musical story of THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, adapted from the 1959 Broadway hit, and featuring most of the original Broadway cast.

Directors:

Joe Layton, Dave Geisel (co-director)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carol Burnett ... Princess Winnifred
Jane White ... Queen Aggravain
Jack Gilford ... King Sextimus
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Prince Dauntless
Elliott Gould ... Jester
Shani Wallis ... Lady Larken
Bill Hayes ... Minstrel
Jack Fletcher ... Wizard
Kellie Brytt Kellie Brytt ... Lady Rowena
Donna Monroe Donna Monroe ... Lady Lucille
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marian Haraldson Marian Haraldson ... Lady Myrthr (as Marion Haraldson)
Corinna Manetto Corinna Manetto ... The Nightingale
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The musical story of THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, adapted from the 1959 Broadway hit, and featuring most of the original Broadway cast.

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bob Banner Associates See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Once Upon A Mattress" opened at the Phoenix Theater (Eventually running at a total of five separate theaters!) on May 1, 1959, ran for 244 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Musical. Carol Burnett, Joe Bova and Jack Gilford reprise their roles. Carol Burnett was nominated for a 1960 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. See more »

Crazy Credits

For the end credits, we see the castle help moving the mattresses around, and then the camera zooms in on one of them, and the names and credits are printed on the mattresses. The process is repeated throughout all the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

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Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Sung by Carol Burnett
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The First, and still the best!
20 December 2005 | by bobwenSee all my reviews

I wish someone would re-release this first version, even though it's in B & W. It's still, by far, the best. The cast, mostly all from the original Broadway cast, are absolutely perfect, as is the "over-the-top" pacing, acting, and comedy bits. I gave a 9 instead of 10 because of the missing number "Happily Ever After" (which COULD be cut in from the 1972 color remake--- hint- hint). One look at this version (I happen to have a very bad copy of it, full of dropouts, but none-the-less still watchable) and the '72 remake fades a bit, and the 2005 "Disney" version absolutely falls flat. This is not a children's musical. It's an adult fantasy, and that's where all the fun comes from, fun that, sadly, got "sanitized" for middle America in its latest incarnation, thus making it boring for both children and adults. See THIS version if at all possible.


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