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Alice in Wonderland (1933)




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This star-laden version of Lewis Carroll's novel combines elements of both the title novel and Carroll's sequel, Through the Looking Glass. In England of the 19th century, young Alice finds that the mirror over the library fireplace opens into a strange world. She has odd adventures and changes size several times both before and after she follows a time-obsessed White Rabbit (Skeets Gallagher). Soaked after nearly drowning in a pool of tears, Alice is helped to dry off by a Dodo (Polly Moran), and encounters a caterpillar (Ned Sparks), whose mushroom also changes Alice's size. In a noisy home where the Cook (Lillian Harmer) and the Duchess (Alison Skipworth) are always fighting, Alice takes care of the Duchess' baby, but it turns into a pig and runs away. Asking directions of the Cheshire Cat (Richard Arlen) is no help, and a tea party with the Mad Hatter (Edward Everett Horton), the March Hare (Charlie Ruggles) and the Dormouse (Jackie Searl) is confusing and annoying.Alice meets the Queen of Hearts (May Robson), and encounters the Duchess again; while strolling with her, Alice meets the Gryphon (William Austin) and the Mock Turtle (Cary Grant). The twins Tweedledum (Jack Oakie) and Tweedledee (Roscoe Karns) recite a poem about a Walrus and a Carpenter (seen as an animated cartoon), but when they decide to go to battle, they're chased off by a crow. Humpty Dumpty (W.C. Fields) relates the poem "Jabberwocky" to Alice, then falls off a wall and breaks. The mournful White Knight (Gary Cooper), unable to put Humpty Dumpty together again, escorts Alice for a while, but she tumbles down a hill and finds she's become a queen. At a party in Alice's honor, the Red Queen (Edna Mae Oliver) becomes furious at Alice, who then wakes up to find herself in the library, with her kitten Dinah in her lap. ~ Bill Warren, Rovi

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Gary Cooper
as White Knight
Richard Arlen
as Cheshire Cat
Billy Barty
as White Pawn and the Baby
Billy Bevan
as Two of Spades
Colin Campbell
as Garden Frog
Jack Duffy
as Leg of Mutton
Harvey Clark
as Fr. William
Leon Errol
as Uncle Gilbert
Louise Fazenda
as White Queen
W.C. Fields
as Humpty Dumpty
Alec B. Francis
as King of Hearts
Cary Grant
as Mock Turtle
Roscoe Karns
as Tweedledee
Lucien Littlefield
as Father William's Son
Mae Marsh
as Sheep
Polly Moran
as Dodo Bird
Jack Oakie
as Tweedledum
Edna May Oliver
as Red Queen
George Ovey
as Plum Pudding
May Robson
as Queen of Hearts
Charlie Ruggles
as March Hare
Jackie Searl
as Dormouse
Ned Sparks
as Caterpillar
Ford Sterling
as The White King
Harry Ekezian
as First Executioner
Meyer Grace
as Third Executioner
Ethel Griffies
as Governess
Colin Kenny
as The Clock
Charles McNaughton
as Five of Spades
Patsy O'Byrne
as The Aunt
Will Stanton
as Seven of Spades
Joe Torilla
as Second Executioner
Julie Bishop
as Alice's Sister
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All Critics (9)

What Mr. McLeod's version of Alice in Wonderland most nearly resembles is a joke that has been so badly translated into a foreign language that its whole point is lost.

November 23, 2020 | Full Review…

From its eerie Dmitri Tiomkin score to its truly horrific character designs, the 1933 Alice in Wonderland is a fascinating, unintentionally disturbing take on a classic.

September 2, 2020 | Full Review…

There's a ragtag feel to this Alice in Wonderland, which works in keeping with the absurdity of the situations but fails in making the material stick.

May 29, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Lewis Carroll's ingenious fantasy faithfully screened. A film for all ages and both sexes.

July 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It was hoped that the picture would have a large appeal for children, but the consensus of opinion seems to have been that even the Little Ones had rather see Jean Harlow any day, or else stay home in the nursery and play Tick-Tack-Toe.

June 11, 2019 | Full Review…

What the curio lacks is the spirit of the classic novel.

January 29, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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Impressive costumes, especially for the time period but it's a shame it isn't in color. Only a few of the star studded cast is recognizable under their elaborate costumes.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Great cast. Great fun.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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