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The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
is a 1976 British musical film retelling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. The film was chosen as the Royal Command Performance motion picture selection for 1976. Directed by Bryan Forbes, the film stars Gemma Craven as the heroine, Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
as the prince, and features a supporting cast led by Michael Hordern, Kenneth More, Edith Evans
Edith Evans
and Annette Crosbie. The film's Academy Award-nominated songs were written by the Sherman Brothers – Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
– who also shared scripting duties with Forbes and, reportedly, the film's executive producer, broadcaster David Frost.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Songs 4 Production 5 Reception 6 Awards and nominations 7 In popular culture 8 Stage productions

8.1 United Kingdom 8.2 United States 8.3 Canada

9 Home video 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

Plot[edit] Prince Edward of Euphrania returns home after meeting the princess Selena of Carolsveld, whom his parents have arranged for him to marry. However, The Prince did not propose to the princess, and angrily denounces arranged marriages ("Why Can't I Be Two People?"). Edward prefers to marry for love while his parents want a political alliance ("What Has Love Got to Do with Being Married?"). Meanwhile, Cinderella's cruel stepmother has banished her to the cellar, and forces her to work as a servant to her and her two vindictive daughters, Isobella and Palatine. Cinderella
finds some comfort in remembering happier times ("Once I Was Loved"). Whilst putting flowers by her parents' grave, she inadvertently stumbles upon the prince, and his friend and bodyguard John, who are visiting the Royal crypt. The Prince sardonically talks about his dead ancestors, with whom he will one day be buried ("What a Comforting Thing to Know"). Back at the castle, the King of Euphrania is advised that a marriage between Edward and a Princess from one of Euphrania's neighboring countries (and thus potential enemies) would help prevent war. A ball is seen as the perfect way to help Edward choose his bride ("Protocolligorically Correct"). The Prince hates the idea, though his cousin Montague is delighted ("Bride-finding Ball"). When news arrives that Carolsveld intends to make war on Euphrania, Edward has no choice but to accept. However, fewer than half the princesses accept the invitation, so the local nobility, including Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters, are invited. Because of the lack of dresses at the dressmakers, the stepmother and stepsisters demand that Cinderella
sew all three of them elegant gowns for the ball from the fabric of their old dresses. Cinderella
has no idea what to do. As luck would have it a fairy godmother, who has a talent for sensing the wishes of those who are pure in heart, arrives and creates three beautiful gowns while Cinderella
rests. That night, the stepmother and stepsisters depart for the ball leaving Cinderella alone. Cinderella's fairy godmother returns and informs Cinderella that she too can go to the ball. She transforms Cinderella's shabby dress into a lovely gown, arranges her hair in the period fashion, and a coach and horses are magically prepared. Cinderella
is sent off to the ball with a warning that the magic can only last until midnight ("Suddenly It Happens"). It is love at first sight when Cinderella
and Edward meet at the ball ("Secret Kingdom"). As the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella
races away, leaving only behind her glass slipper ("He / She Danced With Me"). Edward sends his servants out far and wide in search of the woman who fits the glass slipper. The search turns out empty-handed. Edward builds a monument for the slipper and hopes that one day his lost love will turn up. John is also suffering as a result of love: he is in love with a noblewoman, but his position forbids them to be together ("Position and Positioning"). Edward knights John, so John can pursue his romance with Lady Caroline. Finally, frustrated by his fruitless search, Edward breaks the monument, tossing the slipper into the woods where Cinderella
finds and starts to dance with it, which catches John's attention and he rushes off to inform the Prince. Cinderella
and Edward are reunited and greeted by her stepmother and stepsisters. Edward asks the permission of the stepmother to marry Cinderella
and she gives full permission, if only to get Cinderella off her hands. Cinderella
tells her stepmother and stepsisters that she forgives them for their abuse. In the throne room, Edward and Cinderella
go before the King and Queen. Whilst the King and Queen find Cinderella
to be charming, something seems to be troubling the King. He takes the Lord Chamberlain aside and tells him that there is no way his son and Cinderella, a non-royal, can be married. The Lord Chamberlain conveys this to Cinderella, explaining also that a military alliance through marriage must be established with one of the neighboring kingdoms to protect them against war and to secure the safety and future existence of Euphrania. Along with this disheartening news, it is also explained that she will have to be exiled that very night. Brokenhearted, Cinderella
asks the Lord Chamberlain to tell Edward that she never loved him, because she knows that Edward will try to find her because of his love for her ("Tell Him"). Edward, knowing he's fighting a losing battle, agrees to marry whomever the King and Queen choose, but says that his marital duties will go no further than the altar. Cinderella, living peacefully in exile, still thinks of Edward ("I Can't Forget the Melody"). Her fairy godmother arrives and asks Cinderella
why she isn't at the castle as Edward is getting married that day. Cinderella, surprised, asks who Edward is marrying. The fairy godmother doesn't know, as it's most certainly the wrong woman, but plans to set things right—again. Back at the castle, as the wedding is taking place, everyone is surprised when Cinderella
shows up in a wedding gown. The King interrupts the wedding and he and his council meet in private. The fairy godmother joins the discussion and convinces the king to change the law, so that Edward can marry the girl of his choice. In a surprising twist, Edward's cousin and the chosen bride fall in love at first sight, and marry, thus fulfilling the alliance after all. Cinderella
and Edward live happily ever after. Cast[edit]

Gemma Craven as Cinderella Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
as Prince Edward Margaret Lockwood
Margaret Lockwood
as the Wicked Stepmother Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
as the King Lally Bowers as the Queen Edith Evans
Edith Evans
as the Dowager Queen Annette Crosbie as the Fairy Godmother Kenneth More
Kenneth More
as the Lord High Chamberlain Christopher Gable as John, the Prince Edward's bodyguard and friend Julian Orchard as the Duke of Montague, cousin to the Prince Rosalind Ayres as Isobella, Cinderella's Stepsister Sherrie Hewson
Sherrie Hewson
as Palatine, Cinderella's Stepsister Polly Williams as Lady Caroline, lady-in-waiting to the Dowager Queen John Turner as the Major-Domo Keith Skinner as Willoughby, the Major-Domo's assistant Fred as the Dog, the Fairy Godmother's pet


"Why Can't I Be Two People?" – Richard Chamberlain "What Has Love Got to Do with Getting Married?" – Michael Hordern, Lally Bowers, Edith Evans, Julian Orchard "Once I Was Loved" – Gemma Craven "What a Comforting Thing to Know" – Richard Chamberlain, Christopher Gable "Protocoligorically Correct" – Michael Hordern, Chorus "Bride-finding Ball" – Richard Chamberlain, Julian Orchard "Suddenly It Happens" – Annette Crosbie, Gemma Craven "Transformation Ballet" - Dancers " The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
Waltz Theme" (an instrumental version of "He Danced With Me") "Secret Kingdom" – Richard Chamberlain, Gemma Craven "He/She Danced With Me" – Richard Chamberlain, Gemma Craven "Position and Positioning" – Christopher Gable, Chorus "Tell Him Anything (But Not That I Love Him)" – Gemma Craven "I Can't Forget the Melody" – Gemma Craven "Secret Kingdom (Reprise)" – Richard Chamberlain, Gemma Craven

In its initial US release by Universal Pictures, the songs "What Has Love Got to Do with Being Married" and "I Can't Forget the Melody" were cut. They were also cut from the soundtrack LP, released in the US (MCA 2097). In 2003 conductor John Wilson included some of Angela Morley's instrumental music in a compilation album featuring her film music. (Dutton Vocalion CDSA 6807). Production[edit] The scene where Cinderella
sings "I Can't Forget the Melody", where she sits on a swing, is a reference to The Swing, a painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Every detail of Cinderella's costume and setting are identical to Fragonard's painting, including the color of her dress and the style of her hat. Cinderella
and the Prince dance the Ländler, a traditional Austrian dance, to their first waltz. (The same dance is also seen in The Sound of Music.) Reception[edit] At the 24 March 1976 Royal Command Performance
Royal Command Performance
of The Slipper and the Rose the Queen Mother commented to the songwriters, "The waltz you wrote for the ballroom scene is the most beautiful song I've ever heard."[1] Writing in The New York Times, critic Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
called the film "harmless", adding that the writers "stretched the fable without mercy, largely to accommodate a whole bunch of forgettable songs by the Shermans", and that, as the Prince and Cinderella, "Mr. Chamberlain and Miss Craven have impossible roles that are less like characters in a fairy tale than pictures on a jar of peanut butter."[2] Awards and nominations[edit] The Sherman Brothers
Sherman Brothers
were nominated for the following awards for The Slipper and the Rose:

Academy Award
Academy Award
– Best Music, Song " The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
Waltz (He/She Danced With Me)"[3] Academy Award
Academy Award
(with Angela Morley) – Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
– Best Original Song Score, 1977 BAFTA
– Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music, 1977

Other nominations for the film included:

Saturn Award
Saturn Award
– Best Fantasy Film, 1977 BAFTA
Award for Best Costume Design – Julie Harris

In popular culture[edit]

In the 2006 London play, Frost/Nixon, playwright Peter Morgan makes reference to Executive Producer, David Frost's involvement in The Slipper and the Rose suggesting that Frost is more "entertainer" than serious journalist.[4]

Jim Reston: "Where's David?" Bob Zelnick: "At a movie premiere." Jim Reston: "What, the night before we start taping? What premiere?" Bob Zelnick: "The Slipper and the Rose" Jim Reston: "The Cinderella
movie?" Bob Zelnick: "He's the executive producer." Jim Reston: "What the one with Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
singing, 'ding diddy ding ding'?"

Stage productions[edit] Main article: The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(musical) United Kingdom[edit] The 1984 musical production has been run often on the British stage. United States[edit] The stage musical made its US premiere in February 2004 at the Hale Center Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah. A production was also put on in November -December 2008 at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse in Tacoma, Washington. Canada[edit] The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
had its Canadian premiere on Saturday 28 May 2011 at the Beaubois Theatre in Montreal, Quebec.[5] Home video[edit] In 2000, the film was released in the United States on DVD by Image Entertainment, in its original full-length British version, with audio commentary by director Bryan Forbes. Its extras included a video interview with the Sherman Brothers
Sherman Brothers
and a promotional featurette. This DVD went out of print. On November 19, 2013, the film was released on Blu-ray.[6] See also[edit]

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The Slipper and the Rose
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^ Walt's Time: From Before to Beyond by Robert B. Sherman, Camphor Tree Publishers, 1998, pg. 190 ^ Canby, Vincent, "Screen: Glass Slipper Into Sow's Ear", The New York Times, 5 November 1976. Requires registration. Retrieved 1 December 2006 ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/film-obituaries/9126979/Robert-Sherman.html ^ Morgan, Peter, Frost/Nixon. London: Faber and Faber Limited, 2006 p.41 ^ Les Productions Coracole. Retrieved 28 May 2011 ^ The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella
Retrieved December 1, 2013

External links[edit]

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on IMDb The Slipper and the Rose
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Films directed by Bryan Forbes

Whistle Down the Wind (1961) The L-Shaped Room
The L-Shaped Room
(1962) Séance on a Wet Afternoon
Séance on a Wet Afternoon
(1964) King Rat (1965) The Wrong Box
The Wrong Box
(1966) The Whisperers
The Whisperers
(1967) Deadfall (1968) The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) The Raging Moon
The Raging Moon
(1971) The Stepford Wives (1975) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1976) International Velvet (1978) Better Late Than Never (1983) The Naked Face (1984)

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The Sherman Brothers

Richard M. Sherman Robert B. Sherman

Motion pictures

The Parent Trap (1961) The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor
(1961) Greyfriars Bobby (1961) Bon Voyage! (1962) A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962) In Search of the Castaways (1962) Big Red (1962) Moon Pilot
Moon Pilot
(1962) Summer Magic
Summer Magic
(1963) The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
(1964) The Moon-Spinners
The Moon-Spinners
(1964) Mary Poppins (1964) Those Calloways
Those Calloways
(1965) The Monkey's Uncle (1965) That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
(1965) Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
(1966) Follow Me Boys
Follow Me Boys
(1966) The Happiest Millionaire
The Happiest Millionaire
(1967) The Jungle Book (1967) The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
(1967) The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
(1968) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(1968) Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
(1968) The Aristocats
The Aristocats
(1970) Goldilocks (1971) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971) Snoopy, Come Home
Snoopy, Come Home
(1972) Charlotte's Web (1973) Tom Sawyer (1973) Huckleberry Finn (1974) Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
(1974) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1976) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1977) The Magic of Lassie
The Magic of Lassie
(1978) Magic Journeys (1982) Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
(1983) Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992) The Mighty Kong
The Mighty Kong
(1998) Seasons of Giving
Seasons of Giving
(1999) The Tigger Movie (2000)

Stage musicals and musical revues

Victory Canteen (1971) Over Here!
Over Here!
(1974) Dawgs (1983) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1984) Busker Alley (1994) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(2002) On the Record (2004) Mary Poppins (2004) Merry-Go-Round workshop (2007) A Spoonful of Sherman
A Spoonful of Sherman

Theme park attractions

Golden Horseshoe Revue (1955) King Arthur Carrousel
King Arthur Carrousel
(1955) Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
(1963) It's a Small World
It's a Small World
(1966) Adventure Thru Inner Space
Adventure Thru Inner Space
(1967) Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
(1972) America Sings
America Sings
(1974) Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
(1975) America on Parade (1975) CommuniCore
(1982) Imagination! (1982) Magic Journeys (1982) The World Showcase
World Showcase
March (1982) Japan (Epcot)
Japan (Epcot)
(1982) Journey into Imagination (1983) Meet the World (1983) Innoventions (1998) Rocket Rods
Rocket Rods
(1998) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1999) Disneyland Forever
Disneyland Forever


Walt's Time: from before to beyond (1998) Moose: Chapters From My Life (2013)


The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks
(2013) The Jungle Book (2016)

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by Charles Perrault
Charles Perrault
and the Brothers Grimm


Buttons Cinderella Ugly sisters Fairy godmother Wicked stepmother Prince Charming


(1899) Cinderella
or the Glass Slipper (1912) Cinderella
(1914) A Lowland Cinderella
(1921) A Kiss for Cinderella
(1925 film) Ella Cinders (1926) The Cookie Carnival (1935) The Magic Shoes (1935) First Love (1939) Cinderella
(1947) Cinderella
(1950) The Glass Slipper
The Glass Slipper
(1955) Cinderfella
(1960) Stop! Look! and Laugh
Stop! Look! and Laugh
(1960) More Than a Miracle
More Than a Miracle
(1967) Tři oříšky pro Popelku
Tři oříšky pro Popelku
(1973) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1976) Cinderella
(1979) Cinderella
'80 (1984) Maid to Order
Maid to Order
(1987) If the Shoe Fits (1990) Ever After
Ever After
(1998) Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted
(2004) Cinderella
(2006) Elle: A Modern Cinderella
Tale (2010) Cinderella

A Cinderella
Story series

A Cinderella
Story (2004) Another Cinderella
Story (2008) Once Upon a Song (2011) If the Shoe Fits (2016)


Blues (1931) Poor Cinderella
(1934) Cinderella
Meets Fella (1938) Swing Shift Cinderella
(1945) Cinderella
(1950) Señorella and the Glass Huarache
Señorella and the Glass Huarache
(1964) Cinderella
(1979) The Tender Tale of Cinderella
Penguin (1981) The Magic Riddle (1991) Cinderella
(1994) Happily N' Ever After
Ever After
(2007) Year of the Fish
Year of the Fish
(2008) Cinderella
the Cat (2017) Charming (2018)


Princess Cinderella
(1941) Cinderella
II: Dreams Come True (2002) Cinderella
III: A Twist in Time (2007)


Hey, Cinderella! (1968) Cindy (1978) Cinderella
Monogatari (1996) Cinderella
(1997) CinderElmo
(1999) Cinderella
(2000) La Cenicienta (2003) Bawang Merah Bawang Putih (2004) Floricienta (2004) Floribella (2005 Brazil) Floribella (2006 Portugal) Grazilda
(2010) Rags (2012) Aik Nayee Cinderella

Literary adaptations

Celestina (1791) Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper
(1954) Nine Coaches Waiting
Nine Coaches Waiting
(1958) Carrie (1974) The Coachman Rat (1989) Witches Abroad (1991) Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted
(1997) I Was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers
I Was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers
(1999) Just Ella (1999) Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
(1999) Chinese Cinderella
(1999) The Fairy Godmother (2004) Phoenix and Ashes
Phoenix and Ashes
(2004) Bella at Midnight
Bella at Midnight
(2006) Ash (2009) Princess of Glass (2010) Cinder (2012)


(1810 Isouard) La Cenerentola
La Cenerentola
(1817 Rossini) Cendrillon
(1899 Massenet) Cendrillon
(1904 Viardot) La Cenicienta (1966 Hen)


(1893 Fitinhof-Schell) Aschenbrödel (1900 Strauss-Bayer) Cinderella
(1945 Prokofiev) Cinderella
(1948 Ashton)


and the Prince, or The Castle of Heart's Desire (1904) Stubborn Cinderella
(1909) Mr. Cinders (1929) Cinderella
(1957) Cindy (1964) The Penny Friend (1966) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1984) Soho Cinders
Soho Cinders
(2008) Cinderella



A Kiss for Cinderella


Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love Cinderalla




"Spread a Little Happiness" (1929) "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" (1949) "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (1950) "Cinderella" (1987) "Hey Cinderella" (1993) "It's Midnight Cinderella" (1996) "Cinderella" (2001) "Cinderella" (2002) "Cinderella" (2003) "Stealing Cinderella" (2007) "Cinderella" (2007) "CC (CinderellaComplex)" (2008)


A Cinderella
Story (2004 soundtrack) Disney's Princess Favorites
Disney's Princess Favorites


complex Cinderella
effect The Cinderella


A Coach for Cinderella A Ride for Cinderella


Cinder Ellen up too Late Cinderella
(1977) Naughty Cinderella

National variation

Bawang Merah Bawang Putih (Malay and Indonesian) Beauty and Pock Face (Chinese) Chūjō-hime
(Japanese) Fair, Brown and Trembling (Irish) Finette Cendron (French) The Green Knight (Danish) Katie Woodencloak
Katie Woodencloak
(Norwegian) Kongji and Patzzi (Korean) Ochikubo Monogatari (Japanese) "Rhodopis" (Greek) Rushen Coatie
Rushen Coatie
(Scottish) The Sharp Grey Sheep (Scottish) The Story of Tam and Cam (Vietnamese) Sumiyoshi Monogatari (Japanese) The True Bride (German) The Wonderful Birch (Russian) Ye Xian (Chinese)


Catskin Into the Woods Into the Woods
Into the Woods
(2014 film)

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories Disney's characters Stop! Look! and Laugh Waltz Suite Black Cinderella
Two Goes East Cinderella
Monogatari Cinderella's Sister Cinderella
(sports) Lying to Be Perfect Cinderella's Eyes
Cinderella's Eyes

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David Frost


The Frost Report
The Frost Report
(1966–67) A Salute to the Beatles
A Salute to the Beatles
(1975) David Frost
David Frost
on Sunday (1986–92) Through the Keyhole
Through the Keyhole
(1987–2008) Breakfast with Frost
Breakfast with Frost
(1993–2005) Frost Over the World (2006–12)

The Nixon Interviews

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