Cinderfella

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Jerry Lewis became one of the biggest movie stars in the world thanks to his anarchic energy and manic silliness. In 2004, Paramount released many of Lewis' most famous films on DVD. One of those discs, Cinderfella, offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Lewis and his good friend singer Steve Lawrence that often lapses into ...
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Jerry Lewis became one of the biggest movie stars in the world thanks to his anarchic energy and manic silliness. In 2004, Paramount released many of Lewis' most famous films on DVD. One of those discs, Cinderfella, offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Lewis and his good friend singer Steve Lawrence that often lapses into stretches of silence. Also included are bloopers. This is a fine release that should thrill fans of the rubber-faced funnyman.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence; Archival materials; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English Mono and French Mono; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
This gender-bending fairy tale is perhaps not one of Jerry Lewis's fall-down-funniest, but, along with The Geisha Boy, it is one of his most family-friendly comedies. Jerry makes a perfectly pitiable Fella, a well-meaning bumbler who lives to please his social-climbing stepmother and stepbrothers. While they ridicule and abuse him, they desperately seek the fortune that Fella's late father has hidden for him on their palatial estate. The delightful Ed Wynn (Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins) costars as Fella's Fairy Godfather, who transforms Fella from a "people" to a "persons" in time to attend a grand ball for Princess Charmein (Anna Maria Alberghetti). Cinderfella is an enchanting blend of Lewis slapstique and Chaplin-esque pathos. Director Frank Tashlin, a veteran of Warner Bros. cartoons, brought out the best in Jerry's animated self. The bravura grand ball sequence in which the transformed Fella makes a grand entrance down a flight of stairs to the rhythms of the Count Basie Orchestra anticipates Lewis's jaw-dropping arrival as Buddy Love in The Nutty Professor. This Special Edition contains breezy commentary by Lewis and Steve Lawrence. Cinderfella will live happily ever after on DVD.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Cinderfella finds Jerry Lewis toning things down slightly, which means that there are actually several segments of this children's film that adults can watch without cringing. Fans of Lewis' over-the-top performing style needn't worry; there are still plenty of opportunities to watch the star mug, convulse, and run circles around himself (and others), as well as turn words and phrases into strings of mush (sometimes at an interminable length). Still, there are also some moments, particularly toward the end, when Lewis plays in a subdued manner that is quite appealing, creating a sweeter version of what will later become his Buddy Love character in The Nutty Professor. Cinderfella also has some nice "slumming" work from Judith Anderson and an enchanting, if criminally underutilized, stunning Anna Maria Alberghetti (whose glorious singing voice is heard only briefly). There's also a nice turn by Joe Williams and Count Basie's band and a decent bit from Ed Wynn; otherwise, there's not much to Cinderfella. The gender-switching fairy tale idea is never really explored, either for theme or for comic invention, and a subplot about Fella's secret treasure from his father is just so much dross. Lewis and Frank Tashlin's direction is surprisingly bland (although they do compose a nicely framed closing shot); even when Lewis lets loose, the film doesn't seem to be having a lot of fun. Better in concept than execution, Cinderfella is harmless but not particularly involving.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • UPC: 097360600742
  • Original Release: 1960
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Fella
Ed Wynn Fairy Godmother
Judith Anderson Wicked Stepmother
Anna Maria Alberghetti Princess Charmein
Henry Silva Maximilian
Count Basie Himself
Robert Hutton Rupert
Del Moore TV announcer
Technical Credits
Jerry Lewis Director, Producer
Frank Tashlin Director, Screenwriter
Haskell Boggs Cinematographer
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Nick Castle Choreography
Ernest D. Glucksman Associate Producer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Fella! [7:19]
2. Persons and People [7:26]
3. The Lunatic [7:55]
4. Love Thy Neighbor [11:59]
5. Millions and Millions [8:25]
6. Your Fairy Godfather [7:33]
7. The Chosen One [4:51]
8. Moving In [6:40]
9. Coming Out [5:08]
10. First Dance [7:35]
11. That's My Cue [6:36]
12. A Perfect Fit [6:06]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English
      Audio Options: Français
      Audio Options: Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: Español
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence
      Bloopers
         Cleaning the Pool (Without Audio)
         Jerry Cracks Up While Dreaming
         Jerry Offers Money to His Family
         Jerry Teases Crew Member
         Dinner Service
         Play All
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Jerry's Best Effort........

    This is the period when Jerry wanted to sing seriously in a movie. Not his best choice. Fella's 'coming out' song sung in the cellar is probably the part of the movie that requires the most patience to get through. However, the comedy still holds up. The long dinner table scene where Fella is trying to eat and serve stepmother and stepbrothers is hilarious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jerry Lewis at his best!

    I have always loved Jerry Lewis movies. Cinderfella is right there with the Nutty Professor. I have a copy of this movie on VHS and have been waiting for it in DVD. The best scene in the movie is when he is in the kitchen and a song he likes comes on the radio. You have got to see that scene. It is classic Jerry Lewis. If you are a Jerry Lewis fan, this is a must have for your DVD collection.

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