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Film / The Slipper and the Rose

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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.

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  • All There in the Manual: The storybook, also written by Bryan Forbes, gives some details not revealed in the movie, such as minor ones like the Fairy Godmother being familiar with Ali Baba and Prince Edward going on a journey to find the Fairy Godmother with the help of other fairy tale beings, such as the Little Mermaid, Pandora and Red Riding Hood, which eventually leads to Edward finding the Fairy Godmother in Aladdin’s cave.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Some of Edward's ancestors in "What a Comforting Thing to Know" when they died. They deserved it, as the song's preceding lines described.
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  • Arranged Marriage: Between the King and Queen. They want the same for their son.
  • Ascended Extra: The fairy godmother has a lot more screen time than in most versions. So does the prince (and his parents).
  • Awful Wedded Life: The King and Queen don't seem to like each other very much (justified, since they had an Arranged Marriage). Some lines imply the King is a Henpecked Husband.
    The King: What has love got to do with being married? / Being married is a problem all its own... [looks over at his wife]
  • Beta Couple: John and Lady Caroline.
  • Black Comedy: "What a Comforting Thing to Know" is full of it.
    The day he died, the people cried / They cried, they cried three cheers!
    He lies in state, serene and great / Still getting nothing done.
    King Lloyd was mad and dreaded / Till the day he was beheaded.
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  • Break His Heart to Save Him: When Lord Chamberlain 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:
    Wicked Stepmother: How dare she forgive me?
  • Dancing with Myself: Both Cinderella and Edward do this during "He/She Danced With Me". Justified, since they're remembering their dance with each other.
  • Dark Reprise: An instrumental version. The music of "I Can't Forget the Melody" contains some of the music of "Secret Kingdom". "Secret Kingdom" is about Cinderella and Edward's love; "Melody" is about Cinderella thinking that they can't be together.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Many characters have at least one sarcastic line.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: "Kings never cheat. They adapt to circumstance, but they don't cheat."
  • Fairy Godmother: Standard issue for a Cinderella story, though she's snarkier and more world-weary than most. She also had to fix things for Snow White, is planning to do so for the Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling, and it's implied she also helped William Tell and Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
  • Final Love Duet: "Secret Kingdom (Reprise)" for Cinderella and the Prince.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the scene in the fairy godmother's home, you can see gifts from William Tell, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, and a number of other fairy-tale or legendary characters.
  • The Girl Who Fits This Slipper: Mentioned (obviously, this being a version of Cinderella), but ultimately subverted. Cinderella never puts the slipper on after losing it, but John sees her dancing with it, recognises her, and goes to tell Edward.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Somewhat justified — it would make more sense for Cinderella to have very small feet if she was also very short.
  • Ironic Echo Cut:
    Palatine: (staring dreamily) I wonder what the Prince is doing today?
    (Cut to an angry Prince Edward in the library)
    Edward: I'll tell you what the Prince is going to do today…!
  • Lie Back and Think of England: A rare male version; the King mentions that when he married the Queen, he closed his eyes and thought of Euphrania.
  • Marry for Love: Prince Edward wants to do this.
  • Mirror-Cracking Ugly: One of the stepsisters breaks in a mirror when she looks in it.
  • Missed Him by That Much: A variation, since the people involved haven't met at all by this point. During the opening credits, the funeral procession of Cinderella's father goes past, and seconds later the Prince and his companions ride by.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Lord Chamberlain’s justification for convincing Cinderella to leave the kingdom rather than marry Prince Edward, as their marriage might interfere with a planned Arranged Marriage that would bring an alliance with a neighboring kingdom.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The prince, here called Edward, and the stepsisters, Isobella and Palatine.
  • Noodle Incident: "Protocoligorically Correct" gives us this line.
    The King: How quickly the armies of Neuberg / Would deploy to destroy us — again!
  • No Self-Buffs: The Fairy Godmother can't use her magic to do things for herself.
    Fairy Godmother: [To the dog] You'd like a bone; there you are. [Conjures a bone] Now, what about me? Would I like a nice cup of tea? Yes, I would, thank you very much. Now watch this closely; kettle, boil. [Kettle falls into the fire] You see? Disaster.
  • Not His Sled: Cinderella and the Prince aren't able to marry at first. 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.
  • Overly Long Name: Prince Edward's full name is "Edward Charles Albert George James Richard Augustus Phillip".
  • Pair the Spares: Edward's cousin and the other bride.
  • Police Are Useless: Euphrania's police are, according to Prince Edward.
    Edward: Our police, father, couldn't find a missing haystack, let alone a needle.
  • 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?"
  • Ruritania: The story takes place in the kingdom of Euphrania. No one never states where Euphrania is, but it's a very mountainous country with rather Austrian-looking castles.
  • 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.
    • During "I Can't Forget the Melody", Cinderella's costume and hat (and the fact she's on a swing) are a shout-out to Fragonard's "The Swing" painting.
  • Swing Low, Sweet Harriet: Cinderella sings "I Can't Forget the Melody" while on a swing.
  • Uptown Girl: This is why John can't marry Lady Caroline. Edward finds a way around it by knighting John.


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