The Slipper and the Rose is Brian Forbes' classic Oscar-nominated musical that re-tells the much-loved story of Cinderella and features a wonderful score by the renowned Sherman Brothers whose numerous credits include Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Jungle Book.
Richard Chamberlain plays Prince Edward, the heir to the throne of Euphrania, who is expected to find a wife. His parents the King and Queen plan a Royal Ball to which all the princesses in the land will be invited so that he can find his bride. Meanwhile Cinderella lives in misery, her father has died and her wicked stepmother and awful sisters have made her the house servant. But with the arrival of her fairy Godmother comes three wishes and the chance for Cinderella to go to the ball.
'Behind The Scenes of The Slipper and The Rose' narrated by David Frost.
You know the story: Cinderella rides in a magical pumpkin to the ball, enchants the prince and flees at midnight. He finds her slipper and tracks her down, and they live happily ever after. But wait! In The Slipper and the Rose
, it turns out there's more to the life of a prince than being charming. The king prefers to choose the prince's wife, one of proper social station who would provide a strong political alliance to ward off the kingdom's enemies. That's one of the twists in this 1976 British take on the classic fairy tale, one of a long line of musical versions. The disgruntled prince, who's as much of a focal point here as the lady with the footwear, is played by Richard Chamberlain, during the years when he was taking on the classics and had not yet been crowned king of the TV mini-series. He displays a pleasant voice opposite Gemma Craven as Cinderella, and veteran character actor Michael Hordern as the king leads the supporting ensemble. Add lavish sets and lush scenery (partially filmed in Austria), humour, fun choreography, and an Oscar-nominated score full of charming songs by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman (veterans of such Disney movies as Mary Poppins
and The Jungle Book
, and who also co-wrote the script with director Bryan Forbes), and you have a grand, engaging family musical. The 143-minute running time and dreamy, deliberate pace might test the patience of antsy viewers, but The Slipper and the Rose
's legion of fans wouldn't have it any other way. --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com
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