The Glass Slipper

Synopsis: In a small pleasant European village, there is one unhappy person: Ella. She is despised by everyone, and mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. Out feeling miserable one day, Ella meets a handsome young man, who falls for her. He is really Prince Charles, the son of the Duke, but he tells her he is the son of the cook, and invites her to a great ball at the Duke's castle. A strange woman who lives in the mountains by herself befriends Ella, and dresses her up so she can attend the ball. She goes, and is a great success, but must run out at midnight. In her haste, she drops a single glass slipper. The Prince uses the slipper to find her.
Genre: Musical, Romance
Director(s): Charles Walters
Production: MGM
 
IMDB:
6.5
UNRATED
Year:
1955
93 min
91 Views


NARRATOR:
A LONG TIME AGO

IN A SMALL PRINCIPALITY

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE

OF A HAPPY EUROPE,

THERE WAS A RICH OLD DUKE

WHO LIVED HAPPILY IN A FINE PALACE,

AND A NUMBER OF LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

WHO LIVED HAPPILY

ON THE FASHIONABLE HILL

AND EVERYBODY ELSE WHO LIVED

HAPPILY IN THE VILLAGE.

NOW IT CAME TO PASS

THAT IN THE SPRING,

THREE DAYS OF FESTIVAL WERE DECLARED.

THEY WERE CELEBRATING

THE RETURN OF PRINCE CHARLES,

THE ONLY SON OF THE REIGNING DUKE.

MOST OF THE TOWNSPEOPLE

HAD NEVER SEEN PRINCE CHARLES.

HE HAD BEEN AWAY FOR MANY YEARS,

GETTING HIS EDUCATION

IN THE FINEST UNIVERSITIES,

CAFES, AND BOUDOIRS OF PARIS,

LONDON, AND VIENNA.

WOMAN:
NO, NOT THAT WAY!

[LAUGHTER]

WOMAN:
OH, LOOK!

NOW IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

SECOND WOMAN:
YES, LIKE THAT.

BUT A LITTLE HIGHER, WILLIE.

HIGHER?

I'LL BREAK MY NECK!

WELL, THAT'S WHA WE'RE WAITING FOR!

[LAUGHTER]

WILLIE:
WELL,

WHERE'S THE HAMMER?

SECOND WOMAN:
OH, IT'S, UH...

OH, OVER THERE!

EDWINA, HOLD THIS, PLEASE.

TIE IT TO THE OTHER ONE.

LOOK WHO'S HERE.

WELL, WHAT DO YOU WANT?

I WANT TO--TO HELP.

I CLEAN UP, EH?

I'LL PICK UP THE ONES THAT DROP,

SO THAT EVERYTHING

BE NICE AND CLEAN.

SHE'S GOING TO MAKE

EVERYTHING NICE AND CLEAN.

I'LL SWEEP THE TORN LEAVES

AND THE LITTLE STRINGS.

SEE?

STAY AWAY FROM ME,

YOU DIRTY THING!

OH, I'M NOT DIRTY!

JUST CINDERS. LOOK!

PLEASE, LOOK!

OH, MAKE HER GO AWAY, WILLIE.

MY MOTHER SAYS:

I MUSTN'T SPEAK TO HER.

GO AWAY, CINDERS.

MY NAME IS ELLA, AND I'M NOT DIRTY.

I'VE JUST BEEN CARRYING OUT THE ASHES.

JUST CINDERS AND ASHES.

MAYBE A LITTLE SOOT,

BUT I--

ELLA CINDER!

DIRTY CINDER!

ELLA CINDER!

WILLIE:
GOOD-BYE, CINDERELLA.

CINDERELLA!

CINDERELLA!

STOP IT!

NOW LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE,

YOU UGLY THING!

I AM NOT UGLY!

YOU ARE UGLY!

YOU SMELL OF BUTTER!

YOU HAVE A BIG FAT BOPU.

AND YOU HAVE A VOICE LIKE A PIG!

AND YOU--YOU--

YOU--

NARRATOR:

SO, YOU SEE HOW IT WAS.

OH, WELL, THEY CAN

SCARCELY BE BLAMED,

FOR SHE WAS NOT PRECISELY

AN AMIABLE CHILD.

THE GROWN-UPS OF THE TOWN

AGREED WITH THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS.

THEY'RE SAYING, "TSK, TSK.

DREADFUL, DREADFUL.

"THE GIRL'S A DISGRACE.

"SHE GROWS WORSE EVERY DAY.

LOOK AT HER HAIR."

IT WAS THE OLD STORY

OF THE REJECTED BECOMING

ALL THE MORE REJECTED

BECAUSE THEY BEHAVED BADLY

BECAUSE THEY'D BEEN REJECTED--

ONE OF THOSE, UH, CIRCLES.

AND THERE IT WAS AGAIN,

THE HEAT OF TEARS BURNING

BEHIND THE EYES.

AND SO SHE CAME HOME.

THIS PRIMPING IS IN PREPARATION

FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE PRINCE,

FOR HE MAY GLANCE THEIR WAY

WHEN HE RIDES DOWN THE STREET.

THESE ARE ELLA'S STEPSISTERS.

THIS IS BIRDENA--

VIVACIOUS, DAZZLING,

BEAUTIFUL AS A ROSE,

AND POISONOUS AS A TOADSTOOL.

AND THIS IS SERAFINA--LANGUID, SEDUCTIVE,

EFFORTLESSLY ALLURING,

AND COLD AS A COBRA.

AND THIS IS ELLA'S STEPMOTHER,

THE WIDOW SONDER.

"STRAIGHTEN UP, ELLA.

"DO THIS, ELLA.

"DO THAT, ELLA.

"PICK UP THE THINGS

YOUR SISTERS DROPPED, ELLA.

"THESE ARE THE PREROGATIVES

OF BEAUTY, ELLA.

"COME, BIRDENA.

"COME, SERAFINA.

"I AM THE MOTHER OF THE PRETTIEST GIRLS

IN THE VILLAGE.

"NOT YOU, ELLA!

"STAY BACK HERE, ELLA.

"DON'T STAND WITH US.

"THE PRINCE MAY

THINK WE KNOW YOU."

[FANFARE]

CROWD:

LONG LIVE THE PRINCE!

MAN:

LONG LIVE PRINCE CHARLES!

DID YOU SEE HIM:

LOOK RIGHT THIS WAY?

HE DID, INDEED, LOOK THIS WAY.

HE LOOKED RIGHT AT ME.

AT YOU?

HE DISTINCTLY LOOKED

RIGHT AT ME.

NO, HE DIDN'T!

I SAW HIM.

OH, YOU DID NOT SEE HIM.

YOU WERE WAY BACK HERE.

I DID, TOO.

I SAW HIM.

NO, YOU DIDN'T.

I DID!

VERY WELL. WHAT DID

HE LOOK LIKE?

HE...

WELL, HE LOOKED--

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Helen Deutsch

Helen Deutsch (21 March 1906 – 15 March 1992) was an American screenwriter, journalist and songwriter. Deutsch was born in New York City and graduated from Barnard College. She began her career by managing the Provincetown Players. She then wrote theatre reviews for the New York Herald-Tribune and the New York Times as well as working in the press department of the Theatre Guild. Her first screenplay was for The Seventh Cross (1944). She adapted Enid Bagnold's novel, National Velvet into a screenplay which became a famous film (1944) starring Elizabeth Taylor. After writing a few films (Golden Earrings (1947), The Loves of Carmen (1948) and Shockproof (1949) ) for Paramount and Columbia Pictures, she spent the greater part of her career working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and wrote the screenplays for such films as King Solomon's Mines (1950), Kim (1950), It's a Big Country (1951), Plymouth Adventure (1952), Lili (1953), Flame and the Flesh (1954), The Glass Slipper (1955), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), Forever, Darling (1956) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). Her last screenplay was for 20th Century Fox's Valley of the Dolls (1967). more…

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