A 1976 British film musical retelling the story of "Cinderella
" with a lot more court intrigue added. Starring Richard Chamberlain as Prince Edward and Gemma Craven as Cinderella and directed by Bryan Forbes, it features a score by The Sherman Brothers
This film provides examples of:
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Some of Edward's ancestors in "What a Comforting Thing to Know" qualified for this when they died.
- Black Comedy: "What a Comforting Thing to Know" is full of it.
He lies in state, serene and great / Still getting nothing done.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: When a minister convinces Cinderella to leave Prince Edward for the good of the country, she asks him to make Edward believe she was being cruel to him, to make him glad she left him. It doesn't work.
- Break the Haughty / Don't You Dare Pity Me!: After being found by Prince Edward, Cinderella visits her Wicked Stepmother one last time, forgiving her for her cruelties. After she leaves, the Stepmother barks out, "How dare she forgive me?"
- Deadpan Snarker: Many characters have at least one sarcastic line.
- Fairy Godmother: Standard issue for a Cinderella story, though she's snarkier and more world-weary than most. Dialogue reveals she also had to fix things for Snow White.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Somewhat justified — it would make more sense for Cinderella to have very small feet if she was also very short.
- Marry for Love: Prince Edward wants to do this.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: One minister's justification for convincing Cinderella to leave the kingdom rather than marry Prince Edward, as their marriage might interfere with a planned Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage that would bring an alliance with a neighboring kingdom.
- No, Except Yes: "Kings never cheat, they adapt to circumstance."
- Not His Sled: Cinderella and the Prince initially being unable to marry. The frustrated Fairy Godmother is forced to fix this, by bringing Cinderella to the Prince's arranged wedding and finding a way to both reunite them and ensure that the alliance between kingdoms goes on as planned.
- Pair the Spares: Edward's cousin and the other bride.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder:
The King and Queen: What has love got to do with getting married?
The Dowager Queen: We are not prepared to say!
- Royal "We": "Why Can't I Be Two People?"
- Shout-Out: The Fairy Godmother has helped Snow White and the Little Mermaid, and Robin Hood and Maid Marian are mentioned, as are William Tell and the Ugly Duckling.