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This film had a short-lived and "spotty" career as a 16mm "audio-visual aid" in schools for students studing in the Alice books. - NorthJersey.com



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1933 film stillAlice in Wonderland (1931)

"It’s a fascinating film. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad film. It’s a very early attempt by an independent production company to do a high-end literary property. But it’s not Hollywood." -Richard Koszarski



Bud Pollard’s low-budget Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was created in 1931 during a period of “Alice Fever” surrounding the centennial of Charles Dodgson’s (Lewis Carroll’s) birth.  It is most notable for being the first version of the film to use sound, and thus Carroll’s original dialogue (though spoken in distinctly American or very poor British accents).  The film is rather unremarkable in most other respects and received little public or critical notice.  In fact, until recently no one knew if a print even existed.  Below you can see clips from two scenes: Alice and the Duchess and the Mad Tea Party.


"Pig and Pepper" Scene


Opening Credits and first few minutes



Directed by: Bud Pollard

Written by:
Lewis Carroll (book); John E. Goodson adaptation (uncredited), Ashley Ayer Miller (screenplay )

Ruth Gilbert, Leslie King, Pat Gleason, Ralph Hertz, and Meyer Berensen

Charles Levine

Release date:
30 September 1931

Running time:
58 min

United States



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