18 thoughts on “TBT: The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

  1. Saw it yoinks ago and I enjoyed it for, well, did I also tell you how much I love Annette Crosbie? Have since her turn as Katherine of Aragon in Six Wives. Costumes were about B- to C+ in my opinion too.

    Plan on YouTube re-watch. For did I mention how much I love Annette Crosbie in this?

      1. I’m glad. She has light reddish hair, intelligence, indomitable will and is short and we know that Katherine of Aragon was a redhead, short and all the rest. Perfect fit. And *snorts, snicker & grins* ? Did I tell you how much I love Annette Crosbie.
        I will see a bad movie if she’s in it.

  2. I watched this movie on tv every year at Christmas when I was a little girl. I found it on YouTube last year. Loved it just as much now as I did back then. Talk about swooning over a prince…yum! And swooned over the costumes just as much ❤️

  3. Annette Crosbie is on my short list of actors whom I will watch in almost anything—even if the film itself is terrible—just for the pleasure of seeing them.

    And I love The Slipper and the Rose and have always felt bad that it isn’t better known.

  4. I noticed that the men’s jackets that the shoulders were broad, in paintings I noticed that they’re actually very narrow and fitted.

    1. You should see the padded shoulders on the 18th-century jackets in Olivier’s Beggar’s Opera!

  5. I don’t remember if I got this from the back of her books or I just heard the rumor somewhere, but Jean Hunnisett (of the 5 books on building historic costumes) built some of the costumes, which is pretty cool.

  6. Thank you for this. I loved this film as a youngster but never knew anyone else who had seen it!

  7. I’d venture to guess that the accuracy of the costumes were largely due to Jean Hunnisett being in the production crew (aka, the sewer behind Elizabeth R). I recall her showing the extant garments and paintings that she based construction for this movie’s costumes. A few of the patterns and thumbnails of her approach are in “Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women’s Dress 1500-1800.”

  8. So *that’s* the name of this movie!!!! I vaguely remember a musical 70’s-tastic Cinderella movie that always on the local NYC station WABC airing the late movie slot, but could never remember the name. I just always remember that the Fairy Godmother was bubbly and had the most celestial smile – Annette Crosbie! Wow! She was the best part of Calendar Girls, too!

  9. Oh my days, i love, love, love, LOVEEEE this movie. It’s my favourite Cinderella movie, I like that she has brown hair lol. I forced my siblings to watch bits of it everyday for about two years (we recorded it on tv) and we finally bought the blu ray this year. Was finally gonna ask if FrockFlicks would review it and you have!

    this is the hallmark by which I judge all Cinderella movies (this and the one with mother Whitney and Brandy in). Even if some of the ballgowns have zips down the back lol

    and I know you don’t like the wigs in the final photo, but the lady in the creamy/peach dress, her edges are snatched. I can only hope my lace front game gets that strong

  10. This is such a sweet movie :D. I loved it. I can’t believe nobody ever re-broadcast this in the US on tv! (Well, after the 70s, anyway). “The Slipper and the Rose” ranks up to the same quality as the 60s “Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” with Lesley Ann Warren, maybe even better. I watched it twice on YouTube before they finally took it off, and then asked for it on DVD for my birthday.

    Aside from a few details (which you can forgive, because this is a fantasy story that takes place in an imaginary country) the costumes were amazing. It’s true, I think Cinderella was a little too “prettied up” when in servant’s garb. You’d think after a while she’d tie her messy hair up with a rag, she would be all dirty from cleaning and working in the kitchen, and her dress would have become ragged. But I guess they wanted to keep her pretty, regardless. The fairy godmother was a fun character too, so I’m not surprised anybody would like the actress. The royal family was funny at times as well.

    This movie is truly a lost gem worthy of being brought back to light.

    1. Such a late comment, but the only reason I know of this film is that I recorded it off PBS or something in the US in the 90s! It was broadcast a handful of times, and I remember catching it one night and falling right in love with it. I think I had to record it late at night and my very old VHS-from-TV recording may have commercials because of it. I need to get it on DVD because it is one of my most favorite versions of Cinderella. I ADORE the white sparkly wig Cinderella gets for the ball, the poncy court men, the stepmother’s rage as Cinderella forgives her and rides off into the sunset, and the gorgeous shoes, not to mention Edith Evans as the Dowager Queen. It is a delight!

      1. Same here!! Such a super late comment, but I was googling this movie…My sister and I have a mad obsession with this movie. My mom recorded this on a VHS in the 80s–the tv station was supposed to air it, and they didn’t, so she complained and they ended up showing it at a weird hour at night–she recorded it on VHS. My sister and I watched it for years and know the songs inside and out. I’m unmarried, but if I ever marry I fully intend on walking down the aisle to the same music Cinderella did. It was, indeed, life changing for us. I don’t know what other people think when my mom says something in public and her grown daughters respond with, “Oh, Mama! You’re so clevah!”

  11. OMG, I had to see it in the theater when it came out because I had a mad crush on Richard Chamberlain (before we all knew he was family). This is my absolute favorite Cinderella adaptation. My costume design teacher told our class that Jean Hunnisett had some of her students work on some of the extra’s costumes for the film – can’t you just imagine?! I’d still wear Cindy’s wedding dress if I had the opportunity to have a grand wedding…

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