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Alice in Wonderland is a 1933 American Pre-Code film version of the famous Alice novels by Lewis Carroll. The film was produced by Paramount Pictures, featuring an all-star cast. It is all live-action, except for the Walrus and the Carpenter sequence, which was animated by the Harman-Ising Studio.[1]

Stars featured in the film included W. C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, Edna May Oliver as the Red Queen, Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle (Grant's star was still on the ascent at the time), Gary Cooper as the White Knight, Edward Everett Horton as the Hatter, Charles Ruggles as the March Hare, and Baby LeRoy as the Joker. Charlotte Henry played her first leading role as Alice.

This version was directed by Norman Z. McLeod from a screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and William Cameron Menzies, based on Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871). It also drew heavily from Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus's then-recent stage adaptation.

The film is occasionally broadcast on cable television channels such as Turner Classic Movies. The original running time was 90 min., but when EMKA bought the television rights in the late 1950s, it was cut to 77 minutes. Universal Studios released the cut version to DVD on March 2, 2010, marking the film's first home video release.

Plot summary

Left alone with a governess one snowy afternoon (Alice's sister does not appear in this version), Alice is supremely bored. She idly starts to wonder what life is like on the other side of the drawing room mirror, when she suddenly feels a surge of confidence and climbs upon the mantelpiece to look. She discovers that she can pass through the looking glass and finds herself in a strange room where many things seem to be the exact reverse of what is in the drawing room. Strangely, through all of this, the governess does not seem to notice what has happened.

Alice looks out the window and suddenly sees a White Rabbit. She follows it to a rabbit hole and falls in. Seeing nobody else there, she comes upon a table with a key to a locked door, and a bottle that bears the sign "Drink Me". In a situation exactly reversed from the book, she grows to enormous size after drinking the bottle's contents. Unable to pass into the room beyond the locked door, she begins to cry. A cake with a sign saying "Eat Me" appears. She eats the cake, shrinks to a tiny size, and is immediately swept along into a flood caused by her own tears. Many more of her adventures follow, combining sections of Through the Looking Glass with the original Alice. At the end, Alice is awakened from her dream, not by the "pack of playing cards", but by a riotous celebration that goes completely haywire after she is crowned Queen.

Cast

In alphabetical order:

References

  1. "Harman-Ising's Alice". Michael Sporn Animation. September 30, 2010.
v - e - dLewis Carroll's Alice
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Through the Looking-Glass | The Nursery "Alice" | The Hunting of the Snark
Characters
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice | White Rabbit | Dodo | Bill the Lizard | Caterpillar | Duchess | Cheshire Cat | March Hare | Hatter | Dormouse | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Knave of Hearts | Gryphon | Mock Turtle
Through the Looking-Glass
Alice | Red Queen | White Queen | Red King | White King | White Knight | Tweedledum and Tweedledee | Sheep | Humpty Dumpty | Haigha | Hatta | The Lion and the Unicorn | Bandersnatch | Jubjub bird
Related topics
The Annotated Alice | Wonderland | Looking-glass world | Mischmasch | Works based on Alice in Wonderland (Films and television | Disney franchise) | Translations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Translations of Through the Looking-Glass
Adaptations
Poems
"All in the golden afternoon..." | "How Doth the Little Crocodile" | "The Mouse's Tale" | "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat" | "You Are Old, Father William" | "'Tis the Voice of the Lobster" | "Jabberwocky" | "The Walrus and the Carpenter" | "Haddocks' Eyes" | "The Mock Turtle's Song" | "The Hunting of the Snark"
Sequels
A New Alice in the Old Wonderland (1895) | New Adventures of Alice (1917) | Alice of Wonderland in Paris (1966) | Alice Through the Needle's Eye (1984) | Automated Alice (1996) | Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There (2009)
Retellings
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold in words of one syllable (1905) | Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland (2010)
Parodies
The Westminster Alice (1902) | Clara in Blunderland (1902) | Lost in Blunderland (1903) | John Bull's Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland (1904) | Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream (1904)
Imitations
Davy and the Goblin (1884) | The Admiral's Caravan (1891) | Gladys in Grammarland (1896) | A New Wonderland (1898) | Rollo in Emblemland (1902) | Justnowland (1912) | Alice in Orchestralia (1925)
Reimagining
Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966) | Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) | Dreamchild (1985) | Adventures in Wonderland (1991) | The Looking Glass Wars (2006) | Alice (2009) | Malice in Wonderland (2009) | Alice in Wonderland (2010) | Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Film
1903 | 1910 | 1915 | 1931 | 1933 | 1949 | 1951 | 1966 | 1972 | 1976 | 1982 | 1985 | 1987 | 1988 (Czechoslovak) | 1988 (Australian) | 1995 | 1999
Stage
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (ballet) | Alice in Wonderland (musical) | Alice in Wonderland (opera) | Peter and Alice (2013 play) | Wonder.land (musical)
Television
Fushigi no Kuni no Alice | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Literary
Alice in Murderland | Alice in the Country of Hearts | Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
Video games
Alice no Paint Adventure (1995) | Alice in Wonderland (2000) | American McGee's Alice (2000) | Alice in Wonderland (2010) | Alice: Madness Returns (2011) | Disney Infinity (3.0)