TCM 31 Days of Oscar
I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.
Here is my 21st day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.
The Slipper and the Rose
8 out of 10 All Stars
1976 Musical Romance film. Starring Richard Chamberlain, Gemma Craven, Annette Crosbie, Michael Hordern, Edith Evans and Margaret Lockwood.
The 360° Game: starts off with The Four Musketeers starring Richard Chamberlain, and he was in The Slipper and the Rose with Edith Evans who was in the next film, Tom Jones.
And the Oscar did not go to… nominated for Best Music, Song: “The Slipper and the Rose Waltz (He Danced With Me/She Danced With Me”). Sherman brothers. Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score. Sherman brothers (with Angela Morley).
Short Synopsis: Cinderella (Gemma Craven) meets her prince (Richard Chamberlain) at the ball, thanks to her fairy godmother (Annette Crosbie).
A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… channel 7 showed a special on Sunday night, The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. Did anyone watch that? It was a pretty nice special dedicated to the amusement park and all things Disney (including a sneak peak at what to expect in the upcoming Star Wars section at the parks).
So this movie is a rewatch for me, but it’s such a good classic version of the Cinderella story I chose it to recommend to others. TCM showed the uncut and widescreen version.
My Thoughts: I have seen Richard Chamberlain play at being a Musketeer many times, but his role here as the Prince is my favorite. This is a fun entertainment movie of the Cinderella fairy tale. And there is a somewhat realistic ending because the King and Queen will not be happy that their son wants to marry a commoner. Oh no. That won’t do on their agenda in forming alliances with other countries. So in between the singing and dancing, this is a slightly more modern take of the story. And that includes the Fairy Godmother – she doesn’t have a wand! Nor is she all sparkly or have wings. But she’s such a nice and funny character.
This is a must watch for all Cinderella and fairy tale fans. And the acting and songs are great.
Plus, I love the “Glass” Slipper!
The Play by Play Thoughts…
0:03 The Castle. And such a lovely one too.
0:08 “Why can’t a Prince come home without a fuss?” The Prince to his friend, John. And like most royalty, they sing when having a disagreement.
“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 (Find a Mate)
0:22 Cinderella. Barely has her father been buried and her Step-Mother shows her true colors. And it’s off to being a servant for Cinderella.
0:29 “Once I was loved.” Winter is over and now is the perfect time for Cinderella to watch the Prince sing a song.
“Once I Was Loved” – Gemma Craven
“What a Comforting Thing to Know” – Richard Chamberlain, Christopher Gable
0:39 Politics. A funny little thing with the King and his Council. I like how the King thought his country was the size of England.
“Protocoligorically Correct” – Michael Hordern, Chorus
0:44 “Well, we’re you expecting me?” My favorite version of the Fairy Godmother. She’s quite lovely. And funny too.
0:50 An Invitation to a Ball.
“It’s like some sort of beauty contest with me as the Grand Prize.”
Funny part was when the messengers delivered the invitations to the two castles, one of them with Scottish bagpipes music and the other a huge castle. The term “Don’t shoot the messenger” is something they should’ve asked.
“That makes 6 out of 16. Well I think that’s about average.” – The King after counting off those who did and did not accept the Ball Invitation.
“Bride-finding Ball” – Richard Chamberlain, Julian Orchard.
0:59 A Fairy Godmother’s Daily Job. It’s a funny bit with her writing out what’s what in the fairy tales and other stuff, all while talking to the animals, who just happen to have some fairy tale names too.
1:07 Cinderella’s Transformation. Lovely dress. But it’s pink! It’s supposed to be blue!!
“Suddenly It Happens” – Annette Crosbie, Gemma Craven
“Transformation Ballet” – Dancers
1:18 The Ball. A very long waltz but still nice. And they did have a nice conversation of love and marriage.
“The Slipper and the Rose Waltz Theme” (an instrumental version of “He Danced With Me”)
“Secret Kingdom” – Richard Chamberlain, Gemma Craven
1:29 The Stroke of Midnight. And the Glass Slipper. I really liked the touch with the falling rose petals while Cinderella was running down the stairs.
1:31 “He/ She Danced with Me”. Yes and then it all ended without confessing who you were Cinderella.
“He Danced With Me/She Danced With Me” – Richard Chamberlain, Gemma Craven
1:37 “I’ll tell you what the Prince is going to do today.” And after adoring the dainty slipper, the King and Prince decided that whoever can wear the slipper will be the Prince’s Bride.
But after sending the royal servants, there was no matches. So the Prince does what all Prince’s do when in misery when they can’t find their true love, they put their true love’s shoe on display so everyone knows that he’s in love.
1:42 “Position and Positioning” At least the Prince takes time out from his search to listen to his servant/ friend John sing about how he can’t marry his true love because he’s a servant and she’s a Lady. And it seems that all the servants around knows this song, especially the Royal servants who did a little dance for the Prince. But it is nice of him to give John a raise.
“Position and Positioning” – Christopher Gable, Chorus
Not so great to have thrown the shoe out of the castle window. But how else would John and his Lady have seen Cinderella holding the slipper up and dancing with it.
1:53 And they’ve found each other. But it’s not a happy ending yet.
First stop is for Cinderella to tell her Step-Mother that in her happiness, she forgives her.
Next is for the Prince to tell his family that he’s going to marry a commoner.
1:59 And now the reality of the Old-fashioned ways. The King’s servant tells Cinderella that she must make a sacrifice to not marry the Prince, so that he can marry someone of their choosing.
“Tell Him Anything (But Not That I Love Him)” – Gemma Craven
2:08 “Your Royal House will live with you, but die with me.” And so the Prince will marry someone else, but yet he still gives his heart to Cinderella. And Cinderella, well she can’t forget about the Prince, despite the beautiful dress and garden.
“I Can’t Forget the Melody” – Gemma Craven
2:12 “And what may I ask are you doing here?” Ah good. The Fairy Godmother has found Cinderella. I’m not sure where they are, but luckily for Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother has found her. She is disappointed that she can’t leave anyone alone for a moment and now must exhaust herself in performing an extraordinary act in order to help Cinderella.
2:14 The Wrong Wedding. How scandalous that he kisses Cinderella when he should be marrying someone else.
2:20 The Right Wedding. Thankfully the Fairy Godmother has helped sort out the kingdom alliances and such so that Cinderella can marry the Prince.
“Secret Kingdom (Reprise)” – Richard Chamberlain, Gemma Craven.
2:23 The End. And a Happily Ever After too.