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Alice in Wonderland (1933)

In Victorian England a bored young girl dreams that she has entered a fantasy world called Wonderland populated by even more fantastic characters.

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Norman Z. McLeod (as Norman Mc Leod)

Writers:

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play), William Cameron Menzies (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Arlen ... Cheshire Cat
Roscoe Ates ... Fish
William Austin ... Gryphon
Gary Cooper ... White Knight
Leon Errol ... Uncle Gilbert
Louise Fazenda ... White Queen
W.C. Fields ... Humpty-Dumpty
Alec B. Francis ... King of Hearts
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Rabbit (as Skeets Gallagher)
Cary Grant ... Mock Turtle
Lillian Harmer ... Cook
Raymond Hatton ... Mouse
Charlotte Henry ... Alice
Sterling Holloway ... Frog
Edward Everett Horton ... Mad Hatter
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Storyline

On a boring winter afternoon, Alice dreams, that she's visiting the land behind the mirror. This turns out to be a surrealistic nightmare, with all sorts of strange things happening to her, like changing her size or playing croquet with flamingos. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alicia en el país de las maravillas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Mock Turtle, who says he is what mock turtle soup is made from, is a cow in a turtle's shell. This was because mock turtle soup (for those who couldn't afford to have real turtle soup) was generally made from veal. See more »

Goofs

Alice is an English girl, but speaks with an American accent. See more »

Quotes

March Hare: Have some more tea?
Alice: I haven't had any yet, so I can't take more.
March Hare: You mean you can't take less. It is very easy to take more than nothing.
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Crazy Credits

The opening cast credits are in order of appearance, with stills of credited actors shown twice: first in full costume and mask with the character name identified, and followed by a studio photo of each with their actor name identified. The end credits are in alphabetical order and presented normally with a character name and actor name on each line. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was previewed at 90 minutes and featured scenes with Julie Bishop as Alice's sister, Harvey Clark as Father William, and Lucien Littlefield as Father William's son. These scenes were deleted and the general release version runs 75 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Alice Through the Looking Glass (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Hush-a-Bye Lady in Alice's Lap
(uncredited)
Sung to the tune of "Rock-a-Bye Baby"
Music by Effie I. Canning (1886)
Words by Lewis Carroll
Sung by Edna May Oliver
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Don't see it for the stars
23 December 2001 | by psteierSee all my reviews

The script combines "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" and stays quite close to the original dialog. The sets and costumes are closely modeled on the Tenniel illustrations.

Charlotte Henry does remarkably well as Alice, but the other actors are heavily costumed and made up and rarely add anything distinctive to their roles. Best are W.C. Fields as Humpty-Dumpty and Ned Sparks as the Caterpillar.

It will be enjoyed most by those who have been through the original since some of the language and surrealistic happenings can be hard to follow in the Victorian English that is spoken and satirized.


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