30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 6

Day 6 – The first movie you ever saw in a cinema

The first movie I remember seeing in the cinema was towards the end of the 1970s when I was living in Jerusalem and my mother took me (and possibly some of my siblings as well but I don’t really remember that) to see the Cinderella movie musical The Slipper and the Rose starring Richard Chamberlain and Gemma Craven. I must have been around 7 or 8 at the time.

I posted about this movie once before while reminiscing about Richard Chamberlain (go to that post if you want to see some more delightful clips). Seeing this movie sparked a love for Cinderella stories that I am still susceptible to today and an admiration for Richard Chamberlain.

I could have written about this movie in yesterday’s category as well (‘A movie that reminds you of someone’) as I always have to think of my parents when I see this. My mom loved this movie as I did (I think she had a crush on Richard Chamberlain too) and my dad’s nostrils would quiver with pleasure when he watched the “Protocoligorically Correct” song. I even still have the accompanying hard cover children’s book, worn for having been read so often, with beautiful full colour images of the movie that my mom gave me as a present around that time.

Richard Chamberlain is so charming as the prince, I can watch him forever in this! Michael Hordern is a wonderul scatterbrained King, Kenneth More is a lovely, pompous Lord Chamberlain and Annette Crosbie is the bubbly, ever so rushed and overworked Fairy Godmother. Cinderella (Gemma Craven) is admittedly almost too sweet but that doesn’t hinder the fun! She’s the pink princess any 8 year old would love (except my daughter who unlike me never liked princesses).

OK, yes, the film is very sugary, I do realize that, and I can understand that many people would find that a bit much to bear. But there are also some nicely fleshed out characters that make me laugh every time (I mean, come on, I defy anyone to not enjoy that silly king and the pompous Lord Chamberlain) and the cleverly rhymed and fun songs (despite two or so very sappy ones) make this movie such a joy to watch! I think it is mostly a forgotten film now and I find that to be such a shame…

(30 Day Movie Challenge – the full list of questions)


17 thoughts on “30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 6

  1. Cinderella mit Richard Chamberlain, kann mich nicht erinnern, dass ich den je gesehen hätte. Noch nicht mal im Fernsehen, schade eigentlich.
    Mein erster Film im Kino war Elliott das Schmunzelmonster 🙂
    Habt Ihr lange in Jerusalem gelebt?

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    1. Und Elliott – glaub’ nicht, dass ich jeh den ganzen Film gesehen, ist aber glaub ich auch ein süsser Film. Nicht so süss, wie ‘The Slipper and the Rose’, aber es gibt wenig, was süsser ist als das… 😉


  2. Servetus

    Aaah, Richard Chamberlain! Have not seen this one, but now I want to! He was so great in that kind of heroic role.
    The first film I remember seeing in the theater was the Disney Pinocchio. Sometime in the mid-1970s around Christmastime.

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    1. Good! I am curious to know how a grown-up first time viewer would like this… I fear my love for this movie may be a bit too positively coloured by the memories that go with it for me…


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