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  • Actors: Judi Rolin, Jimmy Durante, Jack Palance, Ricardo Montalban, Nanette Fabray
  • Directors: Alan Handley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sfm Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031REQH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Judi Rolin, Agnes Moorehead, Ricardo Montalban. A top notch cast brings this engaging TV musical to life based on Lewis Carroll's legendary character "Alice." When Alice is lured by the Red King to magically enter her mirror into Looking Glass Land, Alice meets up with the White Queen and King, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and Jabberwock for a magical, musical blend of fantasy and fun. 1966/color/approx. 90 min/NR/fullscreen.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 5, 2010
Format: DVD
This glitzy 1966 NBC musical special, which was rebroadcast on Thanksgiving Day, 1972 -- after star Judi Rolin appeared in the Macy's parade -- features an all-star cast including Agnes Moorehead, Ricardo Montalbán, Nanette Fabray, Jack Palance, The Smothers Brothers, Jimmy Durante, Broadway's Robert Coote (Camelot), London's Roy Castle (Singin' in the Rain) and great character actors like Iris Adrian and Jackie Joseph.

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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DEWEY M. VINE VOICE on February 24, 2010
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Perhaps inspired by the annual TV broadcast of MGM'S "The Wizard Of Oz", the three major television networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC) used to comission family-oriented Made-for-TV musicals. These were preserved on videotape and shown every year, usually around the November/December holidays; as truly "Special Events." Alas, these "TV musical Special Events" belong to a TV era that vanished long ago. Along with MGM's "The Wizard Of Oz," there were also annual broadcasts of Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" (NBC, preserved for posterity on videotape in 1960) and Lesley Ann Warren as "Cinderella" ( CBS; 1965). While NBC'S 1966 musical adaptation of "Alice Through The Looking-Glass" may not have achieved perennial status, aspects of it lingered in my childhood memory. I remember viewing this once or twice; and being scared to death by Jack Palance as the "Jabberwock." I also recall an RCA Victor Soundtrack Album of the songs by Moose Charlap (co-writer of the songs for Mary Martin's "Peter Pan") and Elsie Simmons. The songs include "Two Sides To Everything," "Keep On The Grass", "Some Summer Day", "Who Am I?," "The Backwards Alphabet" and "Alice Is Coming To Tea". Stepping back through the Looking-Glass with Alice again was like re-discovering a lost gem from my childhood.
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles Wild on February 22, 2010
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The previous reviewer said it so perfectly. This is such a fun & whimsical TV Special that put so many GREAT talents together. One added note: I have impressed people for years with the ability to say the alphabet backwards (fast/quickly) due to learning it from the Soundtrack of this film! Silly, but fun. Many of the other tunes are quite humable and done so well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Horse lover on January 18, 2011
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In a time of primative special effects and the days of "live" television, this classic tale competes with the best of today's specials. The unusual performances of major stars of the time are wonderful. Judi Rolin, in the title role, gives a magical rendition of Alice. She is a whisp of a girl, but her voice is powerful and she more than holds her own surounded by huge characters bigger than life. How lucky we are to have captured her rare performance. What a shame she didn't do a lot more. This rendition produced in 1966 is unusual and very different. It is not animation, but real actors. Bob Mackie's costumes are spectacular. The Moose Charlap score is lovely and the Don Costa musical arrangements are terrific. There are special added comments added by long time TV producer (The Judy Garland Show) Bob Wynn.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dean Richards on March 21, 2010
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If you love retro television you'll love this. Even if you don't you might just love this. It's wonderfully engaging stuff and really tuneful magic.
Judi Rollins sings divinely and the supporting cast is a real delight. Nanette Fabray is goofy and charming as the White Queen, and little Tommy and Dickie Smothers are hilarious and perfectly cast as the Tweedle boys.
If you love Wonderland with a new spin on it, or you simply love the old retro TVland stuff, you'll get a kick out of it.
James Johnston 'Alice' fan
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By D. E. Staunton on July 4, 2014
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Love it, thanks!
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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 recognition. (Carroll's Alice was hardly the sassy character seen here). Now, force the story into a Procrustean made-for-TV format, complete with odd jumps that might match intervals between episodes. Populate the cast with B-list actors and sitcom regulars from the 1960s, and rework the whole thing with inane song-and-dance numbers.

Then, when you thought it couldn't get any worse, add a laugh track. Because you wouldn't know what was supposed to be funny or what you were supposed to like without canned laughter and applause.

If, despite all the good intentions in the world, this somehow got into your collection, give it to someone you don't like.

-- wiredweird
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