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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:

The Glass Slipper See more »

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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

Elsa Lanchester and Estelle Winwood would later appear together in 1976's "Murder by Death," See more »

Goofs

When Ella is leaving the ball/castle, it is obviously daylight outside though the clock said midnight. See more »

Quotes

Ella: Why, Mrs. Toquet!
Mrs. Toquet: Why not Mrs. Toquet?
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Connections

Version of Cinderella (1950) 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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A criminally underrated delight!
16 February 2001 | by Tommy-92See all my reviews

Why wasn't this film more successful, and why isn't it more well known than it was and is? It is an utterly delightful and original take on the Cinderella story in which almost every element is just right. Leslie Caron is completely enchanting as Ella. True, she may not be an amazingly gorgeous beauty in her ball gown, but she is radiant nevertheless. Especially those eyes. Oh, those expressive eyes! They show you the true beauty beneath her outward plainness. She is a wonderful actress and phenomenal ballet dancer, as demonstrated in the wonderful dream ballet sequences in which she dances with the Roland Petit ballet company. These sequences may seem unnecceasry at first, but they turn out to do exactly what the ballet dances in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals do: They express the character's emotions in ways that not even dialogue and music can. They are indeed a vital part of the film. Estelle Winwood is charming as Ella's eccentric "fairy godmother." Walter Pidgeon's uncredited narration is pithy and wise. True, Michael Wilding is indeed a bit bland as Prince Charming/Charles (though not really all that bad) and this is one of Kennan Wynn's weakest appearences (except for his reaction when he sees Ella at the ball), but all in all these are tiny flaws in one underrated gem of a film.


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