I just finished watching a commercially produced DVD of the original
"Cinderella" broadcast live, in color, from Studio 72 on March 31, 1957.
Apparently the only surviving copy of the show, it was a poor quality 16mm kinescope.
There was a huge investment of money ($375,000) and PR leading up to the
broadcast, and it commanded the largest audience (115 million) up to that
time. Four months earlier saw the first use of videotape with the November 30,
1956 broadcast of "Douglas Edwards with the News" from TV City. Would it be
a leap to imagine that a (B&W) tape copy of Cinderella was made on either
the east or west coast? Would anyone have some insight or thoughts on this?