NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR IN WONDERLAND?
Posted on Jun 10 2010 by Greg
Here's a cool convoluted thing I just learned. What I was a kid, there was a version of Alice in Wonderland
& Through the Looking Glass
on those 99-cent Happy Time Records. I finally got a copy when it was reissued as simply Alice in Wonderland
on Mr. Pickwick Records, which cost a little more.
I later found out that Alice was played on that recording, produced in England, by none other than Juliet Mills
, sister of Hayley
and star of the fondly-remembered TV series Nanny and the Professor
(available free on Hulu
). What I did not know was that this was an adaptation of the 1947 Broadway musical version created by the legendary Eve LaGallienne
and Florida Friebus
(Dobie Gillis, The Bob Newhart Show
This production was originally conceived in 1932 and was staged for television in 1983 with Richard Burton, Kaye Ballard and Eve Arden
(both stars of TV's The Mothers in Law
), Nathan Lane, Donald O'Connor
and Kate Burton
as Alice. The DVD is available here
Who knew that such a rich legacy was on a 99-cent record you could buy at Grand Union or Kwik-Chek?
Tim Hollis sez:
"What I was going to say is that the "Starstruck" movie was indeed a great one, but the ending left me a bit baffled. Okay, boy meets girl... boy loses girl... boy gets girl. That part I understand. But when boy finally gets girl, or girl gets boy, she still lives in Michigan and he still lives in Hollywood. So, where are things supposed to go from there? Maybe they deliberately left it open-ended so there could be a sequel."