Movie Review: The Glass Slipper (1955)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 1955 movie starring Leslie Caron and Estelle Winwood.

Synopsis: A plain-looking woman is treated like a slave by her stepmother and stepsisters and ostracized by her town because of her dirty appearance and anti-social behavior. Things change, however, when she meets a strange woman by a secluded pool and the local duke's son invites her to attend the palace ball.


I was watching another movie Sunday afternoon. But, since it turned out to be a film that wasn't suitable for my kids, I ended up turning it off. When I did that, I put this movie on, thinking we would watch a few minutes of it before picking out another film. However, my daughter, intrigued by a re-telling of the classic "Cinderella" she had not seen before, asked if we could watch it. After doing so, my opinion of it was a bit mixed.

I'll start out by saying the film did definitely turn out to be better than I thought it would. The main plot of the film is a bit different than the traditional Cinderella-like stories and, because of that, I wasn't completely sure if it would be as entertaining. However, the uniqueness of the story did, admittedly, make it a bit more interesting than I thought it would, simply because it wasn't quite as predictable.

I also liked the eccentric character, Mrs. Toquet (Winwood), because she gave the film a bit of mystery. It was pretty obvious, from the moment she was introduced, she wasn't quite what she seemed. But, the movie did a good job of keeping her secret until toward the very end. And, while there were hints about her and what was really going on in Ella's (Caron) life, the filmmakers made sure to disguise those things really well. 

While I did like this movie for the most part, there were some things about it that weren't as good as others. For example, the part about her plain, tom-boy like appearance was very dated, especially when the characters discussed her decision to cut her hair.

I also honestly wasn't that big of a fan of Ella. She was very whiny and a bit self righteous and, while I won't go as far as to say she deserved the abuse she got from her stepmother (Lanchester), I'm also not really sure if her stepmother truly hated her or was just embarrassed by her,

She didn't do herself any favors when it came to the rest of the town either. Basically, it's really hard to feel sorry for her when she's actually nastier to the townspeople at times than they are to her. Plus, was it really all that hard for her to wash her face?

The Glass Slipper

Leslie Caron, whose portrayals of graceful gamines set aglow Gigi, An American in Paris and Daddy Long Legs, dons Cinderella’s fabled footwear for this dance-and-fantasy-infused...

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Final Opinion

Ella isn't as sympathetic as some other Cinderellas I've seen. But, other than the dated material, the movie did turn out to be halfway decent and worth taking the time to watch.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 05/20/2019, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 04/01/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
The library system here does not have The Glass Slipper listed amongst its Blu-ray and DVD collections. So I don't expect to be seeing this film in the near future.

It's a bit surprising that the filmmakers would make Cinderella rather unlikeable. But it may be that there are two sides to a story, and we never have really heard the story from the side of the stepmother or the stepsisters.

What would you think of such a film, one not necessarily 100-percent sympathetic to Cinderella's stepfamily but willing to have a dialogue between the quartet?

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