CANNON MONTH: The Emperor’s New Clothes (1987)

Directed and written by David Irving, this is the third Cannon Movie Tale I’ve seen with Clive Revill in it. It also has Sid Caesar as the Emperor, Robert Morse as the tailor who attempts to make his clothes and Lysette Anthony (Lyssa from Krull) as Princess Gilda.

With these Cannon takes on fairy tales, you get long takes on what should be five minutes before bed tales, but hey, the costumes look great and there’s always lots of singing. They’re meant for young viewers, but so was Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre and that appealed to young and old alike. Then again, the reason for this series seems to be bringing work to Israel.

Obviously, everyone knows this story, but there’s an additional romance between Gilda and the tailor’s son (Jason Carter). You should also keep an eye out for Cannon’s reliable supporting actor Yehuda Efroni, who started working with Golan and Globus all the way back when he was in Operation Thunderbolt and The Uranium Conspiracy. No matter where in the world a Cannon movie was made, Yehuda showed up.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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