Alice Through the Looking Glass
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Alice father is played by Richard Denning, who played Lucille Ball's spouse on radio's "My Favorite Husband" and lost Deborah Kerr to Cary Grant in the movie "Affair to Remember."
The Emmy-winning costumes were co-created by Bob Mackie. Moose Charlap, who wrote most of the music for the Broadway "Peter Pan," did the same for this. The score includes the "Backwards Alphabet," which was also recorded as a single by Soupy Sales. The score from the special was also released on RCA Records on vinyl.
It's a little corny and cheesy by today's jaded, cynical standards. It's part Broadway musical, part "Hollywood Palace" variety show (with canned laughter and applause!), but a feast for the eyes and ears as well as a time capsule of legendary talents of the 20th century.
The production, featuring extremely lavish costumes by Bob Mackie. unfolds very much like a live Broadway musical-- except it is on videotape. The canned laughter and applause aren't nearly as distracting as they might seem to be; actually giving the production a bit more nostalgic value. The libretto by Albert Simmons is more "Suggested By" Lewis Carroll's "Through The Looking-Glass" than directly "Based Upon" it. Alice (Judi Rolin) steps through the looking-glass into topsy-turvy Looking Glass Land.Read more ›
Judi Rolin plays Alice. She has a remarkable singing voice and dances wonderfully, but her acting style is somewhat lacking, sometimes cloying and a little over-the-top.
Roy Castle, as Lester the Jester, has a ball, and also sings and dances wonderfully. There is Tom and Dick Smothers as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and Jack Palance as the Jabberwock.
In featured roles are Agnes Moorehead and Robert Coote as the Red Queen and King, and Nanette Fabray and Ricardo Montalban as the White Queen and King.
There's also the fabulous Iris Adrian as Tiger Lilly, Jackie Joseph as Daisy, Richard Denning as Father and Jimmy Durante as Humpty Dumpty.
The fantastic songs are by Moose Charlap ("Peter Pan") and Elsie Simmons, and the highly imaginative costumes are by Bob Mackie.
The stunning television presentation is a must for all Alice and musical fans!
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I was really disappointed with this movie. I always liked Though the Looking Glass better than Alice's Adventures Underground/Alice in Wonderland, and was hoping that this followed... Read morePublished 16 days ago by selkie
!t's exactly as I remembered it, and the costumes by Bob Mackie and Ray Aghayan are terrific! Thrilled to have this in my collection!Published 5 months ago by Karen S.
I saw this when I was young recorded on an old vhs tape I've long since lost and I was so excited to find it on DVD. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sarah
First and foremost, it's not Alice. It takes a lot of the pieces, loses too much of what was good, adds a lot of what's not, then changes the surviving fragments beyond... Read morePublished 21 months ago by wiredweird
This is a gift for my daughter for Christmas. She collects all Alice movies and I know she will enjoy this.Published on October 6, 2013 by Sherrill M. Meeks
Disney thought his Alice movie was the best so nobody needed to do another . Some thought his just didn't make the cut .Published on June 20, 2013 by Dan Heath de Butts