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Alice Through the Looking Glass

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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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  • 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:
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    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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031REQH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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I am in my 40s and saw this on TV back in the 70s. I've been searching for a copy for years - I learned how to say the alphabet backwards because of this show which was useful in entertaining friends for years and I still remember it! This particular version cast Agnes Moorehead, Nannette Fabray, Jimmy Durante, Jonathan Winters and others that youngsters today don't know, but it is immensely fun to watch, in spite of the lack of hi-tech special effects! I highly recommend it.
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This television special of ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, originally telecast in 1966, is a very delightful musical that is a joy to watch.
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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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. Nanette Fabray is playful and wonderful as the White Queen. Agnus Moorehead as the red Queen (who was brought in to replace Bette Davis after Ms Davis dropped out- she saw Nanette rehearsing the White Queen on roller skates and feared she would be upstaged so suddenly developed a problem with her back) Agnus channels a sort of Bette Davis in her delivery. (A friend who was there in the rehearsal said Bette Davis was pretty marvelous- "What's one and one and one..... and one" (Alice-"You go too fast!") "She can't add!" But Agnus was good and much easier to work with. The scenery and costumes are fun- the actors are all having a good time. It is worth a watch. The extras talk a bit about the making of it and worth a peek if that is of interest to you.
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