“I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.” Good advice for most of us from Alice’s Mad Hatter!
Speaking of the Mad Hatter, one of my favorite “Alice in Wonderland” movies is the 1933 celebrity-filled version. This Paramount movie is jam-packed with well-known stars. Here’s a few:
Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle
Gary Cooper as the White Knight
W. C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty
Sterling Holloway as the Frog
I especially enjoy Charlotte Henry’s performance as Alice; 7,000 actors auditioned for this role! Noted actor Billy Barty, who founded the “Little People of America,” plays the uncredited White Pawn and baby. And, grinning throughout the film is Richard Arlen as the Cheshire Cat. VisitIMDb for the entire cast list. Oh, I almost forgot about the Mad Hatter. He was played by the ever entertaining, Edward Everett Horton.
To prevent bankruptcy, Paramount threw all their top-ranked stars at this film. The idea failed because most of their famous actors were unrecognizable in their costumes. Thankfully, Paramount’s plight was saved by two other films.
Although, many of the available film copies are a bit fuzzy, you can watch this movie free at Archive.org. Don’t miss your chance to catch Cary and Gary in full costume…or “Off with your head!”