Cinderella

Cinderella

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Director: Charles S. Dubin, Lesley Ann Warren, Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon

Cast: Charles S. Dubin, Lesley Ann Warren, Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon

     
 

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Lesley Ann Warren plays the title role in this television production of the classic Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III musical. Cinderella (Warren) is a sweet and pretty young woman who has been given a poor hand by fate; her stepmother (Jo Van Fleet) treats her cruelly, and while her graceless sisters are invited to a royal ball, Cinderella is not allowed to

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Lesley Ann Warren plays the title role in this television production of the classic Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III musical. Cinderella (Warren) is a sweet and pretty young woman who has been given a poor hand by fate; her stepmother (Jo Van Fleet) treats her cruelly, and while her graceless sisters are invited to a royal ball, Cinderella is not allowed to attend. But her Fairy Godmother (Celeste Holm) has other plans, and Cinderella attends the ball, where she makes a tremendous impression upon the Prince (Stuart Damon). But her Godmother's magic only works until midnight, and Cinderella is forced to leave the festivities at their height; will she ever see the Prince again? And how will he ever find her? This was the second television production of this musical version of the classic fairy tale; the original 1957 version featured a young Julie Andrews in the lead.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
Fittingly enough, among Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's stage and screen musical triumphs -- including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, The King and I, and Oklahoma! -- the 1964 curio Cinderella is like a stepsister. A modest effort, relatively speaking, it is nonetheless a masterpiece from these giants of musical theater. Buoyed not just by the wonderful lilt and sway of their waltzes, some of which are as affecting as "My Favorite Things" or "Hello, Young Lovers" -- this made-for-TV special also showcases the ethereal debut of Lesley Ann Warren, who reprises a role originated by Julie Andrews in a much-watched but long-lost 1957 live broadcast. As executive producer of this version, Rodgers also saw fit to dust off an enchanting song cut from South Pacific for the occasion, "Loneliness of Evening," a sublime little tune that Stuart Damon (later of General Hospital fame) handles fabulously. But it's the luminous ingénue Warren who carries the show, showing off the canny talent that had already garnered her raves on Broadway. Never letting the starkly realized pastel sets take over, she grounds the show beautifully while pulling back from any trace of treacle. Her version of the somewhat dark "In My Own Little Corner" is full of a verve that belies her 18 years. Flecked with near-standards -- "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful" and "Impossible" -- and sterling support by Celeste Holm, Ginger Rogers, and Walter Pidgeon, the production has scarcely aged. This broadcast proved so popular that it was rerun eight times between 1964 and 1974, and was later retooled skillfully in 1997 for Brandy, with Whitney Houston playing the Fairy Godmother.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2014
UPC:
0826663151138
Original Release:
1964
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
542

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes retrospective featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lesley Ann Warren Cinderella
Ginger Rogers Queen
Walter Pidgeon King
Celeste Holm Fairy Godmother
Jo Van Fleet Stepmother
Stuart Damon Prince Charming
Pat Carroll Prunella
Barbara Ruick Esmerelda
Joe E. Marks Aide
Bill Lee Father
Trudi Ames Daughter
Francesca Bellini 3rd Maiden
Jackie Ward 7th Maiden
Debbie Megowan Young Maiden

Technical Credits
Charles S. Dubin Director,Producer
Eugene Loring Choreography
Richard Rodgers Score Composer,Executive Producer
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Joseph Schrank Screenwriter,Teleplay

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
1. Opening Credits [:54]
2. The Prince Meets Cinderella [3:56]
3. "Loneliness Of Evening" [2:11]
4. "Cinderella March" [:53]
5. Stepmother, Prunella & Esmerelda [3:21]
6. "In My Own Little Corner" [3:12]
7. You Must Marry [1:18]
8. "The Prince Is Giving A Ball" [3:01]
9. Last Minute Instructions [4:07]
10. "In My Own Little Corner" (Reprise) [2:09]
11. Fairy Godmother [3:10]
12. "Impossible! It's Possible!" [6:01]
13. "Gavotte" [8:24]
14. "Waltz For A Ball" [1:59]
15. "Ten Minutes Ago" [3:09]
16. "Stepsisters' Lament" [1:43]
17. "Ten Minutes Ago" (Reprise) [3:05]
18. "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" [2:43]
19. The Stroke Of Twelve [:59]
20. "Ten Minutes Ago" (Reprise) [2:38]
21. "When You're Driving Through The Moonlight" [3:10]
22. "A Lovely Night" [3:42]
23. "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" (Reprise) [2:26]
24. I Shall Seek My Bride [3:56]
25. A Perfect Fit [2:12]
26. The Wedding [2:33]
27. End Credits [1:23]

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Cinderella 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have wanted a copy of this movie for years. I remember watching it as a young girl every time it was on TV. I thought Cinderella was so beautiful and the prince so handsome. The supporting characters are charming. I just had such fond memories of it all. It is full of music which I knew by heart. So if you are not big on music, you probably won't care for it. I just shared it with my granddaughter who is 8 and she enjoyed it as well. The settings are simple by today's standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. It goes down as an all time favorite. No matter how many versions they make, the music along with Leslie Anne Warren & Stuart Damon are the best ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so fun to see this again!!!
SunshineNC More than 1 year ago
Everyone should see this version of Cinderella. Just wonderful - even the stepsisters will make you smile!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Partly because of the incredible music and partly because of the beautiful and sweet acting, this is the only Cinderella that we watch. We enjoy a Cinderella that does not model being whiney and arrogant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a child, we didn't have color television until the 1970's, but even in black and white, this production enabled me to travel beyond my ''own little corner'' through imagination. Lesley Ann Warren, so swan-like at 17, Stuart Damon, certainly looking the part of a Prince Charming, and the wonderful Fairy Godmother (adeptly played by Celeste Holm) - all of these characters wrapped up in the wonderful songs created by the incomparable Rodgers and Hammerstein helped you to look past the rather contrived scenery bits and the less-than-accurate costuming to the story. Dreams can come true - if you wish hard enough and are willing to work really hard. I absolutely love this version of the classic tale of Cinderella - and it's kid friendly - my eight-year-old sings along with the songs she's grown up hearing me sing to her. Well done - enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1966, when I was four, my mother gave birth to my sister. Asked if I had any suggestions as to what this new baby's name should be, ''Cinderella'' was the one and only choice. The Rodger's and Hammerstein's musical version of Cinderella is terrific! While the sets may not be in the same catagory with ''South Pacific'' or ''The Sound of Music'', the songs definitely are! A terrific choice and Stuart Damon isn't bad, either!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 36 years old and I never saw this movie until this year.. I have to say that I thought it was FANTASTIC!! I have a 3 1/2 year old and she loved it !! The actors did a Great job especially Leslie ann warren who in my opinion is Cinderella... no hype or overdoing it, she did the part simply and classicly. Stuart Damon....(where do I start) He is SO HANDSOME in this movie my jaw dropped!!and he plays the perfect prince. His singing voice is out of this world and it made me cry every time I heard him sing!!( I am now a BIG fan of his)(GENERAL HOSPITAL all the way!!)My gosh where did they find him!!! the rest of the cast is great... pat carol cracked me up as prunella ( I thought the sisters were supposed to be Anastasia and druzella??) I TOTALLY recommend the classic movie to anyone.. I have the VHS version and It's GREAT!! (picture and sound)I also have ordered the cd. BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT !!:)))))))
harperbruce More than 1 year ago
I was six years old when CBS premiered this updated version of the musical written for television. Rodgers and Hammerstein penned "Cinderella" in the Fifties, and Julie Andrews was cast in the lead role. I have been lucky enough to see a clip of her performing one of the songs on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and consider her unsuited for the role; even back then, her voice had a maturity that was unnatural for the character of a young girl.

But Lesley Ann Warren.... Let's say I fell in love that night, and have had a crush on Lesley Ann ever since, even after I've been married for eight years. (Grin) However, having seen this version any number of times now, I think I can give a more objective opinion.

Music: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II supplied the score; need we say more? This show turned me on to R&S. In particular, "Ten Minutes Ago," "Impossible," and the instrumental waltz at the ball (where Warren and Stuart Damon have their first dance) are incredible.

Cast: Excellent all the way. More objectively than above, Lesley Ann Warren as the young innocent who wins true love was inspired; while her voice is a little undeveloped at this age, it lends a certain charm to the performance. Her dancing was excellent across the board; not surprising, since she was trained as a ballet dancer before taking this part.

Stuart Damon was also excellent as the Prince (the character was unnamed beyond this in the production). Far more handsome in 1965 (logically!), he was wonderful as the romantic young hero, returned from adventures, but without a wife to carry on the dynasty. An excellent singing voice, and he used it on some wonderful songs.

The others of the cast were, in short, generally great. Walter Pidgeon and Ginger Rogers were wonderfully witty with each other; Jo Van Fleet, Pat Carroll and Barbara Ruick as the stepmother and stepsisters were characters you love to hate; and Celeste Holm was an excellent, sympathetic fairy godmother.

Costumes: Cinderella in her ball gown was the main reason I fell in love with Lesley Ann! In that floaty gown, with her hair pulled up and a long Hepburn swan's neck, she was the picture of beauty to a six-year-old boy. Still is....

Production: This may let people down today if they rent or buy the DVD (Hallmark Entertainment). Logically enough, the state of the art in effects has advanced in 35 years, and the jaded viewer of today may not accept the simple camera cuts and video dissolves of 1965. Ride with the boat; you'll still enjoy if you give it a chance.

Highly recommended, both to the student/historian of television and to the simple viewer. My 5-year-old daughter enjoys this tape immensely, and she's a child of the modern effects world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up with this version of Cinderella, seeing this version before any other. It's entirely enchanting and holds truer(i think) to the feeling of the original story than the one with Brandy and Whitney Houston and far far more than the disney. If you are looking for a version of Cinderella for anyone, this is the one to get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like a lot of people who wrote about this, I too grew up on it; even though I am only 21. This was the only show that I would sit through without moving or making noise as a child. It has a captivating auora about it and just makes you want to watch it again and again. My best friend found it and bought it for me for Christmas this last year and my mom and I would just sit and watch it in silence. When the song "Ten Minutes Ago" comes on we will play it over and over again. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good fairy tale and doesnt mind the lack of special effects that some movies over do nowadays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I too grew up watching this as a child.  It brings back such wonderful memories of watching it with my Mom. This is the one and only Cinderella!!  Lesley Ann Warren was wonderful and Stuart Damon was every little girl's first crush!!  I wanted her ball gown!!  Exquisite!! I bought the Anniversary DVD and still watch it !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who love the story of Cinderella and are caught up with the thrill of the new released Disney Live Movie of Cinderella, this is a must have. The great ones, with all of their theatrical talents, are all here to see, hear, and enjoy. The Special Features...well I will not tell you now. Buy the DVD and me amazed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a little girl I remember watching this movie on television, for years after VCR's were out, I searched for this movie because it was so clean and yes, Prince Charming was every little girls dream. When I saw that it was available on DVD, naturally I got it...watched it and all the wonderful childhood memories came back to me. I love this movie. I had forgotten how innocent things were back then...thank you for making this movie available for my generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a timeless classic. I watched faithfully every year from 1962-1970 But it seems that there is something missing from the Video/DVD that was there in the original. I wish that I could find a copy that retains all of the script. even so, I have enjoyed watching it over and over
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was part of the first generation who saw this on CBS each year from 1965 to 1974, and had to wait until 1987 for the vhs....Then the Disney Channel showed it nonstop in the late 80's and early 90's, catching a different generation. Now, in another century, one really noticesthat the sets are just cardboard, and the video is on the fuzzy side.....I had also never seen the original black and white version of this with Julie Andrews, which I must admit has a much better script....but, this is the one that is part of my story, and I love it for different reasons
Anonymous More than 1 year ago