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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2010)

Judi Rolin , Jimmy Durante , Alan Handley  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judi Rolin, Jimmy Durante, Jack Palance, Ricardo Montalban, Nanette Fabray
  • Directors: Alan Handley
  • Format: 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031REQH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

No TV or movie producer has yet to resist the temptation of turning Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass into an all-star musical. Certainly the folks at ABC were unable to resist turning out the 1966 taped TV special Alice Through the Looking Glass, but the end result was so pleasing that we can forgive the network for succumbing to temptation. Newcomer Judy Rolin plays Alice, who passes through the mirror, undergoes numerous fantastic adventures with a variety of eccentric characters, and is finally crowned Queen of Wonderland. The stellar guest cast includes Ricardo Montalban, Nanette Fabray, Robert Coote and Agnes Moorehead. Best bits: Jimmy Durante as Humpty Dumpty, Tom and Dick Smothers as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and Jack Palance as the Jabberwocky! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatuiful Muisc February 22, 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a delightful classic! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderland Meets TVland 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
(Dean's account,my DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it October 6, 2013
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This is a gift for my daughter for Christmas. She collects all Alice movies and I know she will enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have seen different Alice movies June 20, 2013
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Disney thought his Alice movie was the best so nobody needed to do another . Some thought his just didn't make the cut .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alice through the looking glass. May 1, 2013
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She has a great voice.
Special effects good.
A little too much king and queen.
Smother's brothers could have done more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Alice through the looking glass
a nice follow up to alice in wonderland, a childhood favorite and 1 we still enjoy today. I recommend it to everyone. thank you
Published 12 months ago by Yvette Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good old classic.
Since I had a number of different versions of "Alice in wonderland", I thought I may as well get this and I was very pleased. Some well known actors/actresses as well. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joel Nicholson
2.0 out of 5 stars The Alice Reviews... :>
This is one in a series of reviews that will eventually be posted for every Alice in Wonderland title available on Amazon. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Everyone's_a_critic
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute peek into a different era of television
There is a sweet naivete to this production of Alice. The plot frequently is not well thought out (even by Wonderland standards) but the musical numbers are fun. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr Toad
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt be happier
when i saw this post i couldn't believe it, I have been looking for this movie for years I saw it when I was a little girl because my mom use to watch it. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Black Mamba
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Alice
This older version of Alice was quiet enjoyable. After having collected so many versions of "Alice," I would have to say that this runs near the top. Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by Regina Jeffers
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Lewis Carroll
This lightweight 60s TV musical has nothing whatever to do with Lewis Carroll or anything he ever wrote. Read more
Published on April 15, 2011 by Impecunious fan
2.0 out of 5 stars cracked mirror
Somewhat entertaining, but not worth buying. The original with Richard Burton, Eve Aren, etc. is the only one to buy
Published on September 17, 2010 by gejome
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