Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957 Television Production)
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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
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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.
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.
This is truly an historic disc. Broadcast live in 1957 and until now never broadcast again or available to the public at large, this is a remarkable performance. This is Cinderella as written by Rodgers & Hammerstein. You can debate the merits of Julie Andrews' performance vs. Lesley Ann Warren's vs. Brandy's, but what is not debatable is that this version of the show is the one written by the masters themselves, not pieced together by a later production team.
And the production itself is truly enchanting, even in a sometimes blurry black and white. It is a delight to hear the dialogue that was cut from later editions. The song "Impossible" makes sense for the first time because it flows from a conversation between Cinderella and her godmother in which the godmother at first mocks Cinderella's "impossible" wishes, before revealing her true identity as a fairy godmother in the song.
For my money, Julie Andrews gives the definitive performance as Cinderella. She is charming, spirited, and beautiful, and she clearly revels in this performance. Of course, her voice is luminious, but her acting is simply breathtaking as well. She perfectly expresses the hope and longing of a young girl trapped in dire circumstances without wallowing in self-pity and hopelessness. And the wonder of her transformation is a joy to behold.
And the supporting cast is absolutely wonderful.Read more ›
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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Loved this movie, It is in black and white, which was a refreshing trip back to my childhood.Published 1 day ago by ridingdancer
Exactly what was advertised. On time. One of the only places you can find this in good quality.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Nice little take on Cinderella, which is a favorite story of mine. Her performance is good and entertaining.Published 1 month ago by monica
I returned iit 'cause it was black and white. I don't like black and white. Thanks!Published 1 month ago by Jolene koehler
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I have never seen this version. Am looking forward to seeing it. It has to be good if Julie Andrews is in it.Published 4 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
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