The Slipper and the Rose

The Slipper and the Rose

Bryan Forbes (1976)

136min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The rags-to-riches story of Cinderella doesn't quite gel in this lavish British musical that has neither the magic nor the songs to turn it into the shimmering extravaganza that director Bryan Forbes obviously had in mind. Gemma Craven has the voice but not the allure to give Cinders a fairy-tale sheen and Richard Chamberlain looks a little long in the tooth to play the charming Prince Edward. However, the veterans in the cast have a ball - Edith Evans and Kenneth More steal scenes with indecent ease and Annette Crosbie is a wonderfully world-weary fairy godmother.

Summary

A girl is reduced to being the downtrodden servant of her cruel stepmother after her father's death. With a little help from her fairy godmother, she wins the heart of a handsome prince, who is desperately trying to avoid being forced into a political marriage by his parents. Musical version of Cinderella, starring Gemma Craven and Richard Chamberlain.

Cast & Crew

Cinderella Gemma Craven
Prince Richard Chamberlain
King Michael Hordern
Fairy Godmother Annette Crosbie
Lord Chamberlain Kenneth More
Stepmother Margaret Lockwood
Dowager Queen Edith Evans
John Christopher Gable
Director Bryan Forbes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paradine Co Prods LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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