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Alice in Wonderland - 1985

Principal Cast


Sheila Allen
Mrs Master of Disaster
- Sheila Allen as Alice's Mother

Born in 1929, Sheila Allen appeared in many of husband Irwin Allen's productions, including The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno.
Steve Allen
He suited up for The Tonight Show
- Steve Allen as the Gentleman in the Paper Suit

Born in 1921, Steve Allen was a popular television personality, musician, comedian and writer. He also provided the songs for this production. He was married to Jayne Meadows, who co-starred as the Queen of Hearts.
Scott Baio
This gardener dug Joanie on Happy Days
- Scott Baio as Pat

Born in 1960, Scott Baio is best known for his role as Chachi on Happy Days and his more recent reality series.
Ernest Borgnine
This lion was a sea dog in McHale's Navy
- Ernest Borgnine as the Lion

Born in 1917, Ernest Borgnine's film and television career spans six decades, playing characters such as Quinton McHale and helicopter pilot Dominic Santini in Airwolf. He previously appeared in Irwin Allen's The Poseidon Adventure, alongside Alice co-stars Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall and Shelley Winters. After playing the Lion, he went on to receive an Emmy nomination at the age of 92.
Beau Bridges
Son of the White Knight
- Beau Bridges as the Unicorn

Born in 1941, Beau Bridges is best known for his role as Frank Baker in The Fabulous Baker Boys, in which he starred opposite his brother Jeff. He has also appeared on popular television shows Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters.
Lloyd Bridges
He always came to the rescue on Sea Hunt
- Lloyd Bridges as the White Knight

Born in 1913, Lloyd Bridges is best known for playing scuba-diver Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt. After Alice, he went on to appear in parody films such as Airplane! and Hot Shots!.
Red Buttons
He raced against time in the Poseidon Adventure
- Red Buttons as the White Rabbit

Born in 1919, Red Buttons was an actor and comedian, who won an Oscar for his moving performance in Sayonara. He also appeared in Pete's Dragon and Irwin Allen's The Poseidon Adventure. Two years before he passed away, he was rated number 71 on Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.
Sid Caesar
Gryphosophy and double-talk
- Sid Caesar as the Gryphon

Born in 1922, Sid Caesar is an Emmy award winning comic actor and writer, best known for the 1950s television series Caesar's Hour and Your Show of Shows. He previously worked with Alice co-star Imogene Coca in various comedy sketches and also Jonathan Winters in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
Carol Channing
Diamonds are a queen's best friend
- Carol Channing as the White Queen

Born in 1921, Carol Channing is an actress, singer and comedienne, best known for creating the starring roles of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dolly Gallagher in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. After Alice, she went on to voice various animated characters.
Imogene Coca
She was a smash hit alongside the Gryphon
- Imogene Coca as the Cook

Born in 1908, Imogene Coca was a comic actress, best known for her performances opposite Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. She received six Emmy nominations throughout her career, winning Best Actress in 1951.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Caterpillar can
- Sammy Davis, Jr. as the Caterpillar

Born in 1925, Sammy Davis, Jr. was an all-round entertainer; dancer, singer, star of film and television and member of the "Rat Pack", he was notable for his groundbreaking work as one of the earliest mainstream African-American entertainers. He previously collaborated musically with Anthony Newley, whose compositions became some of his most popular recordings (The Candy Man, What Kind of Fool Am I?), and Morton Stevens, who began his career as Davis's arranger and conductor. He also played the Cheshire Cat in Hanna-Barbera's 1966 Alice TV special. Davis passed away at the relatively young age of 64, five years after appearing in Alice, but left an extraordinary legacy.
Patrick Duffy
Brother J.R. always got his goat on Dallas
- Patrick Duffy as the Goat

Born in 1949, Patrick Duffy is best known for his role as Bobby Ewing on the long-running television drama Dallas. He also made appearances in the spin-off soap opera Knots Landing alongside Alice co-star Donna Mills.
Eydie Gorme
Wife of Tweedle Dum
- Eydie Gormé as Tweedle Dee

Born in 1928, Eydie Gormé is best known for her 40-year music career, singing traditional pop ballads and swing numbers with her husband, Steve Lawrence. The two met on Alice co-star and songwriter Steve Allen's The Tonight Show, and performed together until Gormé's retirement in 2009.
George Gobel
An insect and a dirty bird
- George Gobel as the Gnat

Born in 1919, comedian and actor George Gobel is best known as the star of his 1950s television series The George Gobel Show, which featured many stories and sketches about his wife, whom he nicknamed "Spooky Old Alice".
Natalie Gregory
10 feet tall and unflappable
- Natalie Gregory as Alice

Born in 1975, nine-year-old Natalie Gregory originally auditioned for the part of Alice thinking she was entering a contest to win $100 and meet Mickey Rooney! Instead she found herself having the time of her life in a Wonderland full of stars. After Alice, she appeared in various television roles, before leaving the spotlight to focus on studying physics. Later, she married her childhood sweetheart and had three children, continuing to work occasionally in media production, but preferring to stay behind the camera.
Merv Griffin
He kept talk shows on track
- Merv Griffin as the Conductor

Born in 1925, Merv Griffin was a television host, musician, actor, media mogul and the creator of game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
Sherman Hemsley
He wasn't squeaky clean on the Jeffersons
- Sherman Hemsley as the Mouse

Born in 1938, actor Sherman Hemsley is best known for his role as scheming dry-cleaning businessman George Jefferson on All in the Family, in which he appeared alongside Alice co-star Sally Struthers.
Ann Jillian
There's a winner in this chess game
- Ann Jillian as the Red Queen

Born in 1950, Ann Jillian is an actress, singer and motivational speaker, best known for portraying Cassie Cranston on the 1980s sitcom It's a Living. She based her characterisation of the Red Queen on eccentric television chef Julia Child. Jillian's battle with breast cancer while working on Alice gained much media attention, inspiring many with her courage and positive attitude. She recounted her experience in the top-rated made-for-TV film The Ann Jillian Story three years later and discusses health and hope in her highly acclaimed keynote speeches. She believes "there is a winner in everyone" and is a shining example herself.
Arte Johnson
Very interesting, but sleepy
- Arte Johnson as the Dormouse

Born in 1929, comic actor Arte Johnson is best known for his work on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, especially the character Wolfgang, a German World War II soldier with the catchphrase "Veeerrry interesting...".
Harvey Korman
Strategy was not his strength in Blazing Saddles
- Harvey Korman as the White King

Born in 1927, comedic actor Harvey Korman is best remembered for his performances on The Danny Kaye Show and The Carol Burnett Show. He also played the harebrained Attorney General, Hedley Lamarr, in the satirical Western film Blazing Saddles. In 1966, he provided the voice of the Mad Hatter in Hanna-Barbera's Alice TV special.
Steve Lawrence
Husband of Tweedle Dee
- Steve Lawrence as Tweedle Dum

Born in 1935, singer and actor Steve Lawrence is best known for his long and successful music career, singing traditional pop ballads and swing numbers with his Wife, Eydie Gormé. The two met on Alice co-star and songwriter Steve Allen's The Tonight Show, and performed together until Gormé's retirement in 2009. Lawrence has continued to perform as a solo act.
Karl Malden
The world was his oyster on the Streets of San Francisco
- Karl Malden as the Walrus

Born in 1912, actor Karl Malden is best known for portraying Lt. Mike Stone on 1970s crime drama The Streets of San Francisco, but he also won an Oscar for his performance in the 1951 classic, A Streetcar Named Desire.
Roddy McDowall
He was mad about Lassie
- Roddy McDowall as the March Hare

Born in 1928, Roddy McDowall began his long acting career as a child in How Green Was My Valley and Lassie Come Home, the first in the renowned series of films. He went on to star in hundreds of film and television productions, including the Planet of the Apes series and Irwin Allen's The Poseidon Adventure. He also provided the voice of The Mad Hatter in Batman: The Animated Series.
Jayne Meadows
Her Majesty's tyranny is no secret
- Jayne Meadows as the Queen of Hearts

Born in 1920, actress Jayne Meadows is known for her film and television career, and for her regular appearances on panel game shows I've Got a Secret and What's My Line?, alongside husband and Alice co-star Steve Allen.
Donna Mills
She had thorns on Knots Landing
- Donna Mills as the Rose

Born in 1940, actress Donna Mills is best known for her role as Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. Mills reportedly heard about Alice whilst filming in a neighbouring studio and rushed over to ask director Harry Harris for a part.
Pat Morita
He horsed around with the Karate Kid
- Pat Morita as the Horse

Born in 1932, actor Pat Morita is best known for playing the roles of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days and Mr Miyagi in the Karate Kid films.
Robert Morley
The first King of Moomba will take more care of you
- Robert Morley as the King of Hearts

Born in 1908, Robert Morley was a well known actor, who performed in many theatre and film productions over six decades. He was also the face of British Airways in their 1970s advertising campaigns.
Anthony Newley
Stop the world - I want a fresh cup!
- Anthony Newley as the Mad Hatter

Born in 1931, Anthony Newley was a popular actor, singer and songwriter. After achieving success as a pop vocalist, Newley appeared in many films and wrote various songs for other performers, including Alice co-star Sammy Davis, Jr. Some of his best known compositions include James Bond title song Goldfinger, Feeling Good (made famous by Nina Simone) and the musical score of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
Louis Nye
Skilled at making jokes
- Louis Nye as the Carpenter

Born in 1913, comedy actor Louis Nye began his career on The Steve Allen Show and appeared in many hit television series, such as Burke's Law, Laverne & Shirley, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He never retired; after Alice he continued to work until he passed away at the age of 92.
Donald O'Connor
Swimmin' in the tears
- Donald O'Connor as the Lory

Born in 1925, Donald O'Connor was a dancer, singer and actor, best remembered for his role as Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain, in which he performed his signature song and dance number, Make 'Em Laugh.
Martha Raye
She had something to sing for the troops
- Martha Raye as the Duchess

Born in 1916, Martha Raye was a comic actress and standards singer, honoured with an Oscar for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops. During World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, she travelled extensively to entertain the American troops, also serving as a nurse on several occasions. She appeared in many films and television shows during her career, but her role as the Duchess marks her final performance. One year before she passed away in 1994, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her service to her country.
Telly Savalas
Meow, baby!
- Telly Savalas as the Cheshire Cat

Born in 1922, Telly Savalas was an actor and singer in film and television, best known for playing the title role in the 1970s crime drama Kojak with the catchprase "Who loves ya, baby?". He also notably portrayed supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
John Stamos
He was bad news on General Hospital
- John Stamos as the Messenger

Born in 1963, John Stamos is an actor and musician, best known for his starring television roles as Jesse Katsopolis on the sitcom Full House and Dr Tony Gates on medical drama ER. He began his acting career on General Hospital and also appeared on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie.
Ringo Starr
A Mock Turtle and a true Beatle
- Ringo Starr as the Mock Turtle

Born in 1940, musician and actor Ringo Starr gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Liverpudlian rock band, the Beatles. He performed lead vocals on a number of hits, such as With a Little Help from My Friends and Yellow Submarine and also narrated the first two series of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.
Sally Struthers
She blossomed on All in the Family
- Sally Struthers as the Tiger Lily

Born in 1948, actress, spokeswoman and activist Sally Struthers is best known for her roles as Gloria Stivic on All in the Family, for which she won two Emmy awards. Struthers has worked closely with ChildFund, an international sponsorship group providing assistance to deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in 30 developing countries, including the United States.
Jack Warden
This owl is Crazy Like a Fox
- Jack Warden as the Owl

Born in 1920, character actor Jack Warden appeared in over 100 films, typically playing policemen, sports coaches, trusted friends and other such roles, during a career spanning six decades. He starred as private detective Harry Fox in the 1980s comedy series, Crazy Like a Fox.
Jonathan Winters
He's a mad, mad, mad, mad egg
- Jonathan Winters as Humpty Dumpty

Born in 1925, comedian, actor, and artist Jonathan Winters is best known for his role as truck driver Lennie Pike in the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and also the dual roles of Henry Glenworthy and his scheming brother, the Reverend Wilbur Glenworthy, in the film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One. He recently provided the voice of Papa Smurf in the CGI/live-action hybrid film version of The Smurfs.
Shelley Winters
Heroism wasn't extinct aboard the Poseidon
- Shelley Winters as the Dodo

Born in 1920, Shelley Winters was an actress, who won Academy Awards for her performances in The Diary of Anne Frank and A Patch of Blue, and is also remembered for her roles in A Place in the Sun, The Big Knife, Lolita, The Night of the Hunter and Alfie. She also appeared alongside Alice co-stars Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall and Ernest Borgnine in Irwin Allen's The Poseidon Adventure.

FUN FACT: Many of the stars' handprints can be seen around the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida, including Carol Channing, Donald O'Connor, Pat Morita, Imogene Coca, Sally Struthers and Sherman Hemsley.

Additional Cast


Barbi Alison ... Oyster
Selma Archerd ... The Queen of Diamonds
Robert Axelrod ... Frog Footman
Dee Brantlinger ... The Lady of the Court
Billy Braver ... The Eaglet
Scotch Byerley ... Fish Footman
Laura Carlson ... The Daisy
Michael Chieffo ... Two of Spades
Patrick Culliton ... The Red King
Dana Daniels ... Court Jester
Charles Dougherty ... The Duck
Sharee Gregory ... Sister
James Joseph Galante ... The Knave of Hearts
Kristi Lynes ... Oyster
Douglas Maida ... Courtier
Don Matheson ... The Red Knight
Tom McLoughlin ... The Jabberwocky
Ernie Orsatti ... Bill the Lizard
Candace Savalas ... The Lady in Waiting
George Savalas ... The Courtier
Desiree Szabo ... Oyster
Jordan Troy ... Black Cat
John Walter Davis ... Seven of Spades
Janie Walton ... Oyster
Jeffrey Winner ... Five of Spades

Crew


Irwin Allen ... Producer
Paul Zindel ... Teleplay
Harry Harris ... Director
George E. Swink ... Associate Producer
Al Gail ... Production Executive
Richard E. Rabjohn ... Film Editor
James W. Miller ... Film Editor
John Dykstra ... Special Visual Effects
Gillian Lynne ... Special Musical Staging
Ross Bellah ... Art Director
Hub Braden ... Art Director
Phillip M. Jeffries ... Production Designer
Fred J. Koenekamp ... Director of Photography
Morton Stevens ... Music Score
Steve Allen ... Songs
Paul Zastupnevich ... Costume Designer
Bill Carroll ... Unit Production Manager
Wes McAfee ... First Assistant Director
Tom Davies ... Second Assistant Director
James Griffin ... Second Assistant Director
Miriam Nelson ... Choreography
Craig Edgar ... Assistant Art Director
Leo L. Lotito, Jr. ... Make-up Supervision
Terry Smith ... Make-up
Werner Keppler ... Make-up
Josee Normand ... Hair Stylist
Jo Thomas ... Hair Stylist
Tom Johnson ... Wardrobe Supervisor
Lucia De Martino ... Wardrobe Supervisor
Audrey Blasdel-Goddard ... Set Decorator
Robert de Vestel ... Set Decorator
Meryl O'Loughlin ... Casting Supervisor
Al Onorato ... Casting
Jerry Franks ... Casting
Tony Habeeb ... Publicity
Heidi Trotta ... Publicity
Noteworthy, Inc. ... Music Editing
Echo Film Services ... Sound Editing
Joseph Melody ... Sound Editing
Walter Goss ... Re-recording Mixer
Douglas Botnick ... Re-recording Mixer
Rex Slinkard ... Re-recording Mixer
Don Rush ... Sound Mixer
Joseph A. Unsinn ... Special Effects Supervisor
Stan Amborn ... Special Effects
Alan Greedy ... Script Supervisor
Joseph Musso ... Production Illustrator
Marty Kline ... Production Illustrator
Steve Marlo ... Dialogue Coach
Ed Morey, Jr. ... Camera Operator
Sal Orefice ... Chief Lighting Technician
Bo Miller ... Key Grip
Phill Norman ... Main Title Design
Freeze Frame ... Optical Effects
Joe Falcetti ... Property Master
Betty Petitt ... Production Coordinator
Paul Stader ... Stunt Coordinator
Pat Desmond ... Transportation Captain
Hank Stonecipher ... Supervising Construction Coordinator
Jim Orendorf ... Construction Coordinator
Joyce Doran ... Assistant to Producer

Mistakes


  • When Alice falls off the ledge into the rabbit hole, she can briefly be seen landing on a crash mat in the lower edge of the frame.

  • When Alice grows in the hall of doors, the White Rabbit's fan and gloves can be seen on the table before he has even entered the room, let alone dropped them.

  • When Alice shrinks, holding the White Rabbit's fan, her spoken line doesn't match up with the image of her talking.

  • Throughout the film, various glimpses of the studio walls/ceilings and equipment can be seen at the very edges of the frame (this area would not have been visible on most television sets in the 1980s).

  • In many close-up shots of Alice, Natalie Gregory's real (brunette) hairline is visible through the front of her blonde wig.

  • During the Father William sequence, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s mouth is frequently out of sync with the pre-recorded vocals.

  • When Alice opens the door to the Duchess's house and the Cook throws a plate at her, the image jumps between the plate smashing and Alice opening the door again.

  • When the Mock Turtle sings "We're getting lethargic from aiming at logic, let's put a stop to that", his mouth is out of sync with the vocals, seemingly because he forgot the words.

  • After Alice grows taller at the trial, her height continues to change; sometimes the playing card soldiers almost reach her waist, and sometimes they are lower than her knees.

  • When the Red King helps the Red Queen up on the hearth, the boom pole can be seen in the corner of the frame.

  • When the Walrus and the Carpenter first appear on the beach, a crew member accidentally moves into the shot on the left-hand side. Seconds later, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are so engrossed in watching the other characters that they both forget to resume singing when the camera cuts back.

  • When the Jabberwocky flies across the banquet hall, a wire is clearly visible.
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