Alice in Wonderland (film)



Alice in Wonderland film title
Alice in Wonderland
(1903) film title frame
Title: "Alice in Wonderland"

Category: Movies

Subcategory: Fantasy

Directors: Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow

Writers: Lewis Carroll (novel), Cecil M. Hepworth

Based on: Lewis Carroll's children's book
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865)

Cecil Hepworth
Cecil Milton Hepworth
Lambeth, Mar. 19, 1874 -
Greenford, Feb. 9, 1953,
writer of the 1903 film
Alice in Wonderland,
director with Percy Stow,
also plays the Frog.
Starring:
--- May Clark (Alice)
--- Cecil M. Hepworth (Frog)
--- Mrs. Cecil Hepworth (White Rabbit / Queen)
--- Norman Whitten (Fish / Mad Hatter)
--- Geoffrey Faithfull (Card)
--- Stanley Faithfull (Card)
--- Blair (Dog)

Producer: Cecil M. Hepworth

Executive producers: Herman Casler, Elias Koopman, Harry Marvin

Cinematography: Cecil M. Hepworth, Liwayway Memije-Cruz

Distributors: Hepworth (UK) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, Edison Manufacturing Company (USA)

Released: May 1903 (Surrey, England, UK) - October 17, 1903 (USA)

Running time: 8 min. 19 sec. (originally 12 min.)

Color: B/W

Language: Silent

Summary plot: Alice follows the White Rabbit down a mysterious hole and finds herself in a strange new world. Text from the original silent film titles:
1) "Alice dreams that she sees the White Rabbit and follows him down the Rabbit-hole, into the Hall of Many Doors".
2) "Alice, now very small, has gained access to the Garden where she meets a Dog and tries to make him play with her".
3) "Alice enters the White Rabbit's tiny House, but, having suddenly resumed her normal size, she is unable to get out until she remembers the magic fan".
4) "The Duchess's Cheshire Cat appears to Alice and directs her to the Mad Hatter. - The Mad Tea-Party".
5) "THE ROYAL PROCESSION - The Queen invites Alice to join. - Alice unintentionally offends the Queen who calls the Executioner to behead her. But Alice, growing bolder, boxes his ears and in the confusion which results, she awakes".

Interesting facts: The 1903 British silent film "Alice in Wonderland" was the first movie adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". It also was the longest film yet produced in Britain, running about 12 minutes. In 1903, there were two directors working at the Hepworth studio in Walton-on-Thames, Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow. Hepworth was responsible for the studio's non-fiction films, while Stow made all the fiction films. This was such a large production that the two men worked together. The film was made on the small wooden stage in the garden of the villa housing Hepworth's company, with exteriors shot in the lavish gardens of Mount Felix, a local estate which until recently had been owned by the son of Thomas Cook the travel agent. Alice was played by Mabel Clark, Hepworth played the frog footman and his wife played the White Rabbit and the Queen. Only one copy of the original film is known to exist and parts are now lost. The British Film Institute partially restored the movie and its original film tinting and released it in 2010.

Property: © Hepworth (now public domain)


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Alice in Wonderland (1903), screenshots from the movie

Alice in Wonderland (1903), complete film ready to play (8 min. 19 sec.)