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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957 Television Production) (1957)

Julie Andrews , Ilka Chase , Ralph Nelson  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Ilka Chase, Edie Adams, Howard Lindsay, Dorothy Stickney
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Writers: Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Producers: Richard Lewine
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00068NVG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957 Television Production)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive, newly recorded DVD introduction by Julie Andrews
  • Brand-new documentary featuring all-new interviews with stars Julie Andrews, Edie Adams, Kaye Ballard and Jon Cypher
  • Never-before-seen behind-the-scenes photo galleries
  • Extensive galleries of rare color photos and advertising art
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show prior to the airing of Cinderella
  • Collector's booklet: "Impossible Things Are Happening Every Day: The Making of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella!"

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The DVD era has unearthed another treasure. For the first time ever, Julie Andrews's performance in the title role of the original 1957 television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is available to the public on home video. Cinderella was created as a Broadway-style television production with an original score from the creators of Oklahoma! and Carousel, featuring such songs as "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible," "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful," and "Stepsisters' Lament." Cast in the title role was the 21-year-old Andrews, at the time starring on Broadway in My Fair Lady (another Cinderella story of sorts), and the cast was filled out by a talented bunch of stage veterans (including Kaye Ballard, Edie Adams, Dorothy Stickney, and Stickney's husband, writer Howard Lindsay). On March 31, 1957, a then-record 120 million homes saw the program as it was broadcast, live and in color, but it was preserved only in black-and-white kinescope, i.e., by aiming a camera at a monitor during the broadcast. While this version probably looks better than we have any right to expect, the picture is still fuzzy black-and-white, which makes it a tougher sell for kids than the later color versions, 1965 with Lesley Anne Warren and the 1997 Disneyized version. But give older kids (say, 8 or so) credit for being able to look past the black-and-white picture and primitive effects and enjoy the charming songs, the excellent performances, and the prospect of seeing one of their favorite actresses play one of their favorite princesses.

Fortunately, the DVD has also received the attention it deserves, with a new introduction by Andrews, a 20-minute featurette about the production, including interviews with many of the principals; Rodgers and Hammerstein's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show a week before the broadcast; and a gallery of color photos of the production as well as promotional material, which included paper dolls of Andrews. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

In this enchanting musical delight from the legendary team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, beautiful young Cinderella (Julie Andrews) finds her life of drudgery at the hands of her stepmother and two wicked sisters changed forever in one evening, thanks to a fairy godmother and a handsome prince. Lost for years, this first television production of this enduring classic remains a rollicking, tune-filled delight for young and old alike! One of the most beloved entertainers of all time, Academy Award«-winner Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music) appeared in theaters this year in the smash hits Shrek 2 and The Princess Diaries 2. The much-revered musical team of Rodgers & Hammerstein produced such family favorites as The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific, State Fair and more! One of home video's most highly requested titles, Cinderella has been officially unavailable since its initial airing on March 31, 1957! This single performance spectacular was viewed by over 115 million people, a television milestone! Musical performances include beloved favorites "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible" and "Do I Love You (Because You're Beautiful)!" In 1957, Broadway's reigning songwriters and Broadway's brightest new star joined forces to create a new musical version of Cinderella; it's one-night-only broadcast on CBS-TV was viewed by more than 115 million people - the largest audience in the history of the planet! - and an instant legend was born. Julie Andrews, the toast of Broadway for her performance in My Fair Lady, played the title role, joined by a stellar cast of Broadway and television all-stars. Providing a new take on the timeless tale as well as a bounty of beautiful ballads, comedy numbers and waltzes, was the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, already at the top of their game thanks to such musicals as Oklahoma, South Pacific and The King and I. Though Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella has gone through several TV remakes and hundreds of stage productions, the original, magical version vanished after its initial broadcast, never to be seen again. Until now.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found at Last! January 19, 2005
Format:DVD
At last, the original version of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is available. Originally aired only once on live television in 1957, this classic has, until now, been lost to history. I grew up on the 1965 version (Lesley Ann Warren) but have always wanted to see the Julie Andrews version ever since I learned of it.

For those familiar with the 1965 version, there are some surprises here. There were apparently many changes between the two. The original opens up right with "The Prince is Giving a Ball". There is no scene were Cinderella meets the Prince prior to the ball. At home the Stepmother and Stepsisters (Portia and Joy) do a much better job of belittling Cinderella and making her do all of the work.

The Godmother (no mention of fairy) is far more mischievous in the original. Even her involvement in the story's conclusion is quite different not only from the 1965 version, but from most tellings of the fairy tale. We see a little more of the King and Queen and even have a musical number about preparing the Ball. There are even quite a few scenes that, at least when compared to later versions, could be considered somewhat risque.

For fans of the 1965 version, you should watch this one as well. It is sufficiently different to be just as entertaining. First timers to the Rogers and Hammerstein story will be entranced by this fun tale. Watch it by all means.
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118 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Andrews is the ONLY Cinderella December 7, 2004
By Jim Jr
Format:DVD
It is amazing that some people seem to prefer Lesley Ann Warren's performance over Julie Andrews. There is absolutely no comparison. This Cinderella was written for Julie and she is magnificent in every way. No one has the voice or the charm that she injects into this character. Her version of "In My Own Little Corner" is enchanting, but also has a sadness that is absolutely right. Miss Warren is too worldly and gives the impression that she could easily be a "West Side Story" gang member rather than Cinderella. She simply does not have the ravishingly beautiful voice that Julie has. She is marvelous in many roles - just compare her performance in "Victor/Victoria" which shows the "real" Lesley Ann. (But even in that film Julie Andrews outshines her!)

This version of "Cinderella" is the best version with the comic numbers and fantastic supporting cast absent from others. Edie Adams is a scene stealer as the Godmother. The king and Queen have much more to do and have a delightful comic song that was cut from subsequent productions. No one can top Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostly as the step sisters - comic gems!

What is also amazing about this production is that it was telecast LIVE and was not a film or tape as were other "Cinderella" productions. Today everything is recorded with none of the spontaneity that comes only from a live show.

Even though the only remaining record of this telecast is in black and white (and at the time of the original broadcast most viewers only had black and white sets), it is a must have record of the TRUE version of the work.
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL Julie Andrews too old?? Not on your life! December 14, 2004
Format:DVD
I love that one reviewer says JA looks too old to be Cinderella in this version..I believe she is 18 in this production. What Julie has that Leslie Ann Warren and Brandy couldn't come close to is a simple sophistication and a charming sense of self that only enhances her role as Cinderella. She also has a far superior voice to either of the other versions Cinderellas.

I do not like the 1965 version but I do think the Brandy version is cute but not as good as the original cast. But for me the Julie Andrews version, the woman that this show was written for will always be the best Cinderella for this particular Cinderella musical. The supporting cast in this production is also steller and much better than the 1965 version.

Don't let that fact that it is in black and white keep you from seeing this show. Some of the best movies of all time are in black and white.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior by far to the other versions January 27, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I vaguely remembered seeing this version when I was five years old on a black-and-white set, so seeing it in this black-and-white kinescope version did not cause me any major trauma; it was not that different than how it was for me years ago except that now I have the advantage of more than forty years of experience and knowledge. There is absolutely no comparison between this version and the versions that came after it. In this version, the acting and plot are much more substantial, and Julie Andrews as a singer and actress dwarfs those women who played in the title role after her. The 1965 version had the advantage of color and more video effects but was all glitz and rather shallow. The Disneyized, multiracial version that was created later failed to take into consideration the need for acting ability on the part of the singers in the leading roles. The original version far surpasses both in terms of overall content and performance. Had the same technology been available for the original version as was available in the versions that followed it, there would be no contest at all.

I recall that when the 1965 version came out, the justification for making it was that when the 1957 version was produced, videotape did not exist so that once the production was aired, it was lost forever. Had the producers tried to recreate the 1957 version rather than to mangle it, perhaps they could have been forgiven, but Lesley Ann Warren could not easily have replaced Julie Andrews, as this DVD shows very clearly.

This version is truly Broadway brought to the small screen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great showcase for wonderful music
Bought this because I couldn't afford the out-of-production out-of-sight price of the '65 Leslie Ann Warren version. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Charis I. Forney
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The music was excellent, as is most everything Julie Andrews has ever done. The movie seemed to be very low budget, but still fun.
Published 5 days ago by Leela A. Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Televised Ear Worm.
Cinderella was the very first CBS program in color. So, this original musical, broadcast live in the Golden Age of Television has an historic import. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Roy Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars reserecting memories
My gramma let me use her 1948 Nash to take my girlfriend to the drive-in theater to see this ,I was seventeen . Read more
Published 15 days ago by H. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTY WITHOUT GLITZ
Love Julie Andrews. This 50-year-old production was wonderful production of Cinderella in the old, stage style. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rob Natiuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth transaction!
This is just what I was looking for. The transaction went very smoothly. Product was in perfect shape. Thanks for making it so easy.
Published 2 months ago by Colleen C. Turpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Old Movie.
My wife has loved this movie since childhood but it was hard to find. I ordered it for her as a Christmas present and she loved watching the movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David R Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Liked It!
I love the story and the music was great too. Julie Andrews was very good. The stepsisters as well as the fairy godmother were also good!
Published 2 months ago by Art
3.0 out of 5 stars Really neat
Great movie to have. So awesome seeing the originally. Because it was shot from a broadway production for tv the video production is very weak. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
It is great to see a very young Julie Andrews in the title role. The film is from a TV special and isn't the best quality. But the step-sisters are a hoot.
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie Johnson
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