Alice in Wonderland movie from 1933 with Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, WC Fields, which Alice herself endorsed


27 Responses to “Alice in Wonderland movie from 1933 with Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, WC Fields, which Alice herself endorsed”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like the BBC TV one form 1967. Directed by Jonathan Miller with music by Ravi Shankar.

  2. gmoke says:

    Another vote for Dreamchild. The expression on Coral Browne’s face, as the aged Alice, when she realizes that Charles Dodgson actually loved her is revelatory.

    The all-star, 1930s Alice is also very good, if my childhood memories are correct. I remember seeing it on TV a few times when I was a kid.

    Alice’s original stories are so good, so deep from the imagination, it is hard to make a bad version of them.

  3. x99901 says:

    One of my earlier childhood memories involves being terrified by this movie.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have seen this. It is trippy and great

  5. mutt says:

    This may contain in it, the inspiration for the modern tea party movement.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I swear I saw this on television one Easter in the late 80s, early 90s. I’ll have to rent it now, I guess.

  7. russthorp says:

    The “Walrus and the Carpenter” sequence in this film was
    produced at Max Fleischer’s animation studio where the
    Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons were also made. It may have
    been released as a short but I could not find it on IMDb.

  8. annoyingmouse says:

    There’s a whole bit about this film and Alice Liddell’s “endorsement” of it in my favourite Alice-related film Dreamchild written by Dennis Potter with the Wonderland scenes produced by the always wonderful Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The film tells the story of the real life Alice, her trip to the US and her relationship with Dodgson/Carroll (played by Ian Holm). Sadly, it’s not available on dvd which is a shame because I always seem to go on about it. The Wonderland scenes are just fantastic. You can probably download the film from the usual suspects (I certainly have a copy on this computer but I can’t remember where from) and it’s also up on Youtube (here). I was hoping that the hype for the new film would get it released but sadly not. Still it’s good to see this ’33 version get a release.

    (I’ve just read that, in fact, Dreamchild is being released on one of these DVD-R releases that MGM put out but I’ve heard pretty bad things about the lack of care they put into those releases. Can anyone confirm this? I also think that, unlike ordinary region 1 DVDs, the DVD-R versions are very easy to get imported to the UK)

    • annoyingmouse says:

      *That last bit was supposed to say “that the DVD-R version aren’t very easy to get imported” but my proof reading isn’t at its best today.

  9. rose bush says:

    this is one of my favorite movies of ALL times. i remember seeing it (too many years to say) a long time ago on television. i believe it was a snow day off from school. it was one of the films that made me fall in love with cinema. i was mesmerized and transfixed.

    the last time i checked it was NOT out on dvd. you have made me one happy rose bush with this news.

  10. ndollak says:

    About time! My VHS tape of it that I recorded off of PBS many eons ago is probably magnetized by now (and the picture was grainy & sound quality terrible). I’d love to see it restored to its original glory; and I was unaware of Alice Liddell’s endorsement of it – hope there’s an extra on the DVD about that.

    IMHO it’s probably the best screen adaptation of the “Alice” stories. However, I’m still waiting for “Dreamchild” to become available so I can see it, and I haven’t seen the Tim Burton movie yet.

  11. MadRat says:

    There is also a 1903 (or 1904 some say) Alice In Wonderland movie. Like most silent movies of the time it’s very short and looks like a high school play. If you follow the links on the Wikipedia page you can watch it on YouTube or download it from Internet Archive (

  12. hobartimus says:

    Let’s not forget the uber-disturbing-stop-motion-taxidermy-goth-Czech version of “Alice” by Jan Svankmajer.

  13. Darren Garrison says:

    Earlier Alices:

    I thought the 1933 version was there, too, but the server is being so sluggish I can’t find it.

  14. LYNDON says:

    I think Arthur C Clark had a theory that movie publicists had a special button on their keyboards that wrote “Never before in the history of cinema”.

  15. chgoliz says:

    “I am delighted with the film and am now convinced that only through the medium of the talking picture art could this delicious fantasy be faithfully interpreted,” she declared, her words possibly burnished by a Paramount publicist.

    One can only hope. Otherwise, I shudder to think that someone who said something so bubbled-headed was ever adored by someone as brilliant as Carroll/Dodgson.

  16. Kaleberg says:

    This is another vote for Dreamchild. It was a touching story. Jim Henson did the special effects for the fantasy sequences. Just amazing.

  17. Felton says:

    I can’t wait to see this. I love seeing all the different cinematic head-trips that come from that story. The one hobartimus mentioned is one of my favorites.

    Also, thanks, annoyingmouse, for letting me know about Dreamchild. I just started watching the first Youtube installment. Hope it gets a real release soon.

  18. ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive says:

    Modern adaptations of fairy tales always seem to need to substitute dismal darkness for wonder. Dreamchild was pretty dismal too as I remember. I’ll stick with the Parmount all star Alice and the Disney cartoon version.

    • Felton says:

      I think my sense of wonder is slanted towards the dark side. ;-)

      Anyway, it seems to me many of those fairy tales were pretty dark and dismal before Disney and Hollywood got to them.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        Anyway, it seems to me many of those fairy tales were pretty dark and dismal before Disney and Hollywood got to them.

        What’s dark about step-parents poisoning children, or witches cooking and eating children, or wolves eating grandmothers, or step-parents engaging in child slavery, or baby-stealing by dwarves?

  19. Davy says:

    How long does this release extend the copyright? How close was it to going public domain?

  20. technogeek says:

    The original fairy tales were not _intended_ for children.

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