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The Glass Slipper (1955)

Tomboyish outcast "Cinder" Ella and the duke's charming son Charles fall in love in this comedic rendition of the classic fairy tale.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Helen Deutsch (libretto), Helen Deutsch (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Caron ... Ella
Michael Wilding ... Prince Charles
Keenan Wynn ... Kovin
Estelle Winwood ... Mrs. Toquet
Elsa Lanchester ... Widow Sonder
Barry Jones ... Duke
Amanda Blake ... Birdena
Lisa Daniels ... Serafina
Lurene Tuttle ... Cousin Loulou
Liliane Montevecchi ... Tehara
Les Ballets de Paris Les Ballets de Paris ... Dancers
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Storyline

In a small pleasant European village, there is one unhappy person: Ella. She is despised by everyone, and mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. Out feeling miserable one day, Ella meets a handsome young man, who falls for her. He is really Prince Charles, the son of the Duke, but he tells her he is the son of the cook, and invites her to a great ball at the Duke's castle. A strange woman who lives in the mountains by herself befriends Ella, and dresses her up so she can attend the ball. She goes, and is a great success, but must run out at midnight. In her haste, she drops a single glass slipper. The Prince uses the slipper to find her. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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A screenful of romance, music, spectacular in radiant COLOR


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,998,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This film did poorly at the box office resulting in a loss of $387,000 ($3.5M in 2016) for MGM according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

The amount of soot on Ella's face changes constantly in the early scenes of the film. See more »

Quotes

Ella: Who is Mrs. Toquet?
Widow Sonder: Isn't she the crazy old woman who lives in the woods, she's harmless but she steals.
[adjusting Serafina's stays]
Ella: Has she always been like that? I mean has she always...
Widow Sonder: They say she was once a grand lady and lived on the hill. But she took to reading books and went from bad to worse, stuffed her head with full of ideas, and now she's a bit addled.
Serafina: A bit addled? Oh, Mother! She's as crazy as a cockroach.
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Connections

Referenced in Happily N'Ever After (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Take My Love
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
Sung by Michael Wilding (dubbed by Gilbert Russell) (uncredited)
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Cinderella without magic
15 January 2008 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

Leslie Caron deservedly became an international star at a young age for very similar performances in other movies yet the Glass Slipper did not provide a vehicle which matched her talents. Its failings become obvious early on - its at times ponderous wordiness, the excision of the magical elements and their replacement by prosaic matter-of-factness, the underplaying of her mistreatment at the hands of her step mother and sisters - all together entirely blunt the dramatic edge of this perennially popular fairy-tale. The choreography is uninspired yet accompanied by a musical score whose constantly emphatic highs and lows are not at all justified by the visuals. Michael Wilding (the Prince) has little to do during a number of the dance numbers other than to stand smiling at (Cinder)Ella. The Fairie God Mother is replaced by an unattractive kleptomaniac bag-lady who sleeps rough and, not to put too fine a point on it, consequently one is inclined to wonder about her personal hygiene. Odd directorial gaffes occur like the dreamt giant cake which grows to the size and appearance of a large snowman then abruptly jump cuts to its final version - a 30 foot tall finely featured wedding-cake. The Glass Slipper makes one appreciate the consummate crowd-pleasing professionalism of the early Disney productions.

British actor Barry Jones is surprisingly sprightly, comic and effective in his role - in utter contrast to many of his other screen roles which tended towards the extremely doom-laden. The great Elsa Lanchester does her best as do most of the others of a sterling cast but fight a losing battle against director and writer. So curious that it had been this pairing who had been responsible just two years earlier for Leslie Caron's magical and charming film: Lili.


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