Monday, January 11, 2010

Now Playing - Cinderella - 1950

Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” (1950) is at the forefront of the long parade of Disney animated princesses. (Prince Charming’s singing voice, incidentally, is by Mike Douglas, popular talk show host in the 1960s and ‘70s. And Verna Felton, last seen here playing the sweet old lady neighbor in “Picnic”, voiced the Fairy Godmother.)

Cinderella’s emergence in 1950 perhaps also heralded the beginning of a much shorter parade of film princesses played by some of the1950s greatest actress icons. We’ll spend the next couple of weeks talking about Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Ingrid Bergman as 1950s princesses.

As we shall see, despite the wicked stepmother, the coach turning back into a pumpkin, and the lost shoe, Cinderella didn’t really have it so tough. Compared to what Hepburn, Kelly, and Bergman went through, “Cinderella” was really just kid stuff.


Sally said...

I'm excited to read your upcoming posts! 1950s princesses sounds like a great plan!

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Thank you, Sally. So glad to have you aboard the glass coach for the next couple of weeks. Wave to the crowd. No, not like that. Like this. With the back of your hand facing the crowd, your wrist moving in tiny little circles. See?

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