The classic Cinderella story in form of a farce and with Jerry Lewis in the leading role.
Fella (Lewis) is a clumsy simpleton. When his father dies, poor Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish and wicked stepmother and her two stuck-up sons, Maximilian and Rupert.
As he slaves away for his nasty step-family, Maximilian and Rupert attempt to find a treasure which Fella’s father has supposedly hidden on the estate. Meanwhile, hoping to restore her dwindling fortunes, the stepmother plans a fancy ball in honour of the visiting Princess Charmein (Anna Maria Alberghetti) whom she hopes will marry Rupert.
Eventually, Fella’s Fairy Godfather (Ed Wynn) shows up to convince him that he has a shot at winning the Princess himself.
Jerry Lewis’ musical entrance down the grand staircase was done in one take – but his seven-second rush exit up those same 63 steps put too much strain on his heart and landed him in hospital.
Anna Maria Alberghetti
Shari Lee Bernath
Fella Aged 11
Maximilian as a Boy
Rupert as a Boy