Alice in Wonderland (1933)

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
William Austin
as Gryphon
Billy Bevan
as Two of Spades
Jack Duffy
as Leg of Mutton
Leon Errol
as Uncle Gilbert
Harvey Clark
as Fr. William
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
Baby Le Roy
as Joker
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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Critic Reviews for Alice in Wonderland

All Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | January 28, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

With apologies to Tim Burton, the version of Alice in Wonderland that I most treasure is Norman McLeod's 1933 film for Paramount.

Full Review… | April 28, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An eerie collection of irritating, semi-paralyzed caricatures screaming at you for 77 minutes.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010

You might not peg Norman Z. McLeod as a comic absurdist but the former animator dives into the witty nonsense of Carroll's world with the same rapid-paced, straight-faced energy as his two Marx Bros. comedies...

Full Review… | March 24, 2010

Audience Reviews for Alice in Wonderland


One can never unsee the violent child abuse against pig baby, the Mad Hatter's water-boarding of a mouse, and the sinister treatment of Alice as she barely escapes the macabre mayhem of Wonderland. The musical score is relentless and overwhelming. It's all a little unsettling, but the creative sets, costuming, and camera work are a marvel. It is also fun to play guess the famous actor behind the furry suit. You'll get to pick out Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, and W. C. Fields. This version, made during the Depression, is definitive. Tagline: Alice is a darling, her surroundings are alarming, but no worries, it's 1930s charming.

Bivo Mon
Bivo Mon

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

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With apologies to Tim Burton, the version of Alice in Wonderland that I most treasure is Norman McLeod's 1933 film for Paramount. did u know there is even a 1976 x rated version this tale? yikes!

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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