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Once Upon a Mattress (1972)

A musical comedy variation of the classic "Princess and the Pea" story. This is a television recreation of the successful Broadway show of the same name also starring Carol Burnett in the title role.

Directors:

Ron Field, Dave Powers
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Carol Burnett ... Princess Winifred the Woebegone
Ken Berry ... Prince Dauntless
Jack Gilford ... King Sextimus
Jane White ... Queen Aggravain
Bernadette Peters ... Lady Larken
Wally Cox ... The Jester
Ron Husmann ... Sir Harry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sivi Aberg Sivi Aberg ... Princess No. 12
Billy Beck
Nora Denney ... Lady Agatha (as Do Do Denny)
Sid Kane Sid Kane
Lyle Waggoner ... Sir Studley
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A musical comedy variation of the classic "Princess and the Pea" story. This is a television recreation of the successful Broadway show of the same name also starring Carol Burnett in the title role.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Once Upon A Mattress" opened at the Phoenix Theater (At a total of five separate theaters!) on May 1, 1959, ran for 244 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for Best Musical. Carol Burnett and Jack Gilford reprise their stage roles. Carol Burnett was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for Actress in a Musical. See more »

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Version of Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse (1918) See more »

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Great story and cast
2 August 2018 | by CornanTheIowanSee all my reviews

I watched this in 1972 and I loved the ending, as I didn't know the previous history of the on-stage musical (musicals?) that preceded it. Always better the first time.

And I loved the supporting cast, especially Wally Cox's role. I sense that Wally Cox's star has faded more than others in his class of performers.

Early in the DVD era, I found somebody on eBay offering taped-from-the-air video of pretty poor quality, and I bought it. But I just learned that in 2016, TimeLife came out with UPC 610583525496, "Carol+2", which includes this show, though it's not in the cover art.

I'm only including this here because there doesn't appear to be a way to answer my fellow member's "Q".

So, it's classic, it's good, it's available, you can watch it with your kids (if you pry them away from their tech)... what else do you need to know?


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