The Magic Shoes

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The Magic Shoes
Directed byClaude Flemming
Written byPeggy Graham
Based onthe fairy tale Cinderella
StarringPeter Finch
CinematographyMel Nichols
Release date

The Magic Shoes is a 1935 Australian short film based on the fairy tale Cinderella. It features the first screen performance by Peter Finch and Helen Hughes, daughter of former Prime Minister William Hughes and was the first dramatised movie to be shot at the National Studios, built to make The Flying Doctor (1936).

Today The Magic Shoes is considered a lost film.[1] However 33 production and publicity stills relating to the film were discovered in 2006.[2][3][when?]


  • Peter Finch as Prince Charming
  • Gloria Gotch
  • Helen Hughes
  • Norman French
  • Sheilah Parry as the fairy princess
  • Andrew Higginson as the policeman
  • Phil Smith


The crew included future war photographer Damien Parer and among the cast were Phil Smith, father of actor Mona Barrie, and a number of children who were students at an acting school run by director Claude Flemming with Frank Harvey.[4]


The film failed to find a distributor and was not a financial success.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australia's 'Lost' Films at National Film and Sound Archive
  2. ^ 'Film Find Snap for an Intern' ANU Newsletter 24 May 2006
  3. ^ 'Lost Treasure Trove Discovered' AFC website
  4. ^ "Face Value". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 23 January 1936. p. 9 Supplement: Women's Supplement. Retrieved 14 February 2012.

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