The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella (1976) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • In the tiny kingdom of Euphrania, the King and his court are most anxious to get Prince Edward wed. But Edward wants to marry for love. Meanwhile, young Cinderella finds life drastically altered with her father's death as she's forced to be a servant in her own house. But a cheery fairy godmother helps her with her impossible tasks, and even gets her to take an evening out at the King's bride-finding ball. But when the magic wears off, and the prince with shoe-in-hand searches for Cinderella and finds her, what is going to happen to Euphrania without the needed marriage alliance to prevent war?

  • Beautiful version of the classic Cinderella story, as Prince Edward, heir to the throne of Euphrania, is expected by his father the King and his mother the Queen to choose a wife and settle down. To this end, they plan a court ball to which all the princesses they can locate will be invited. Meanwhile, young Cinderella has just lost her beloved father. But things go from bad to worse for her, when her selfish stepmother and spoiled stepsisters reduce her to the status of a servant in her own home. Thankfully, however, her Fairy Godmother is waiting in the wings to see that she goes to the ball and meet the prince. The rest is up to them...

  • In the European kingdom of Euphrania, the life of a young lass named Cinderella is radically changed upon the death of her loving well off father, who deeded his entire estate to his second wife, Cinderella's stepmother. He did learn that his second wife only married him for his money and her own self-interest, but not before he could change the will before his death. Cinderella's evil stepmother banishes Cinderella to live and work on her and her spoiled daughters' behalves in the mansion's dungeon kitchen, to the point of Cinderella being enslaved to their duty and beck and call. Meanwhile, the King and Queen of Euphrania want their only son, Prince Edward, to marry a princess of their choosing, unlike Edward who wants to marry for love. The King's want for Edward is even more important when Euphrania is placed in a tenuous geopolitical situation which requires an alliance between Euphrania and its European neighbors, meaning Edward should marry a princess of one of those countries. The King's advisers recommend holding a "bride finding ball" for Edward, who abhors the idea, but goes along with it. In addition to eligible princesses, Euphranian nobility is also invited. As such, one of Cinderella's new tasks is to help her stepmother and stepsisters prepare for the ball. In the process, Cinderella learns that the mysterious traveling woman who one day appeared at the kitchen doorstep is really a fairy godmother, albeit sometimes a not very adept one with limited powers, who not only has come to help Cinderella with her household chores, but help her attend the ball as well in the guise of a princess named Incognita. With her limited powers, the fairy godmother is only able to keep Cinderella in her princessly ways until midnight. At the ball, Edward does fall in love at first sight with Incognita, but is unable to learn all he needs about her before she has to run off at midnight, leaving behind only Edward's longing for her and her delicate slipper. In searching for the young woman who fits the slipper, Edward may not place his eyes on a servant girl like Cinderella. Even if he can find Cinderella, a happily ever after may not be that easy with the King and Cinderella's stepmother in the picture.



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  • Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl!

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