Saturday, March 13, 2010

Paramount's Alice in Wonderland (1933 film)

The 1933 film version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was an all-star Paramount Pictures undertaking. It is mostly live-action, except for The Walrus and The Carpenter, which was animated by Max Fleischer's studio.

Stars featured in the film included Charlotte Henry as Alice, W. C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, Edna May Oliver as the Red Queen, Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle, Gary Cooper as the White Knight, Edward Everett Horton as The Mad Hatter, Charles Ruggles as the March Hare, and Baby LeRoy as The Joker.

This version was directed by Norman Z. McLeod from a screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. It also drew heavily from Eva LeGallienne and Florida Friebus's then-recent stage adaptation.

This film has never been released on VHS or DVD, although it is occasionally broadcast on cable television channels such as Turner Classic Movies. The original running time was 90 min., but when Universal Studios bought the television rights in the late-1950s, it was cut to 77 minutes.

Cast of characters

Richard Arlen: Cheshire cat
Roscoe Ates: Fish
William Austin: Gryphon
Gary Cooper: White Knight
W.C. Fields: Humpty Dumpty
Leon Errol: Uncle Silbert
Louise Fazenda: White Queen
Alec B. Francis: King of Hearts
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher: Rabbit
Cary Grant: Mock Turtle
Lilian Harmes: Cook
Charlotte Henry: Alice
Sterling Holloway: Frog
Roscoe Karns: Tweedle Dee
Baby LeRoy: Joker
Mae Marsh: Sheep
Polly Moran: Dodo Bird
Jack Oakie: Tweedle Dum
Edna May Oliver: Red Queen
May Robson: Queen of Hearts
Charlie Ruggles: March Hare
Ned Sparks: Caterpillar
Ford Sterling: White King
Alison Skipworth: Duchess
Edward Everett Horton: the Mad Hatter
Jackie Searl: the Dormouse

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