Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball
Carol Marsh in the 1949 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (dir. Dallas Bower & Lou Bunin), which combines live action and puppet-style animation (full film here)

Carol Marsh in the 1949 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (dir. Dallas Bower & Lou Bunin), which combines live action and puppet-style animation (full film here)

Fiona Fullerton in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972, dir. William Sterling)

Fiona Fullerton in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972, dir. William Sterling)

Fiona Fullerton in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972, dir. William Sterling) 

Fiona Fullerton in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972, dir. William Sterling) 

Fiona Fullerton in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972, dir. William Sterling)

Fiona Fullerton in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972, dir. William Sterling)

Charlotte Henry in Alice in Wonderland (1933, dir. Norman Z. McLeod)
'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); Good-bye, feet!' (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off). `Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I'm sure I shan’t be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can; —but I must be kind to them,’ thought Alice, `or perhaps they won’t walk the way I want to go! Let me see: I’ll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.’
 And she went on planning to herself how she would manage it. `They must go by the carrier,’ she thought; `and how funny it’ll seem, sending presents to one’s own feet! And how odd the directions will look!:
ALICE’S RIGHT FOOT, ESQ.,
 Hearthrug, near the Fender, 
(with Alice’s love.)
Oh dear, what nonsense I’m talking!’
Just then her head struck against the roof of the hall: in fact she was now more than nine feet high.”
-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Charlotte Henry in Alice in Wonderland (1933, dir. Norman Z. McLeod)

'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); Good-bye, feet!' (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off). `Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I'm sure I shan’t be able! I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you: you must manage the best way you can; —but I must be kind to them,’ thought Alice, `or perhaps they won’t walk the way I want to go! Let me see: I’ll give them a new pair of boots every Christmas.’

 And she went on planning to herself how she would manage it. `They must go by the carrier,’ she thought; `and how funny it’ll seem, sending presents to one’s own feet! And how odd the directions will look!:

ALICE’S RIGHT FOOT, ESQ.,

Hearthrug, near the Fender,

(with Alice’s love.)

Oh dear, what nonsense I’m talking!’

Just then her head struck against the roof of the hall: in fact she was now more than nine feet high.”

-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Charlotte Henry in Alice in Wonderland (1933, dir. Norman Z. McLeod) 
 
Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.
In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Charlotte Henry in Alice in Wonderland (1933, dir. Norman Z. McLeod) 

Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Stills from Alice in Wonderland (1903, dir. Cecil Hepworth, starring May Clark), the first filmed version of Lewis Carroll’s tale. When it was first released in 1903, it was a then astonishing 12 minutes long. Unfortunately, the film was not well preserved and only about 9 minutes of it remain intact.
The film can be seen here.

Stills from Alice in Wonderland (1903, dir. Cecil Hepworth, starring May Clark), the first filmed version of Lewis Carroll’s tale. When it was first released in 1903, it was a then astonishing 12 minutes long. Unfortunately, the film was not well preserved and only about 9 minutes of it remain intact.

The film can be seen here.