Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will present a screening of the 1933 film version of “Alice in Wonderland” Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room.

This rare 1933 movie adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic book “Alice in Wonderland” boasts an all-star cast including W. C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle and Gary Cooper as the White Knight. The screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz is based on Lewis Carroll’s books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” It also drew heavily from the 1930’s stage adaptation by Eva LeGallienne and Florida Friebus.

Not counting the animated films, there are at least a dozen screen versions of Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” ranging from Tim Burton’s 3-D interpretation of the classic Lewis Carroll book to the Jonathan Miller‘s1966 adaptation for British television starring Peter Sellers to Jan Svankmajer’s surreal 1989 film. But only one — the 1933 Paramount film — can boast the endorsement of the original Alice.

In a Jan. 7, 1934 article in The New York Times, Alice Liddell, quoted under her married name, Reginald Hargreaves, expressed admiration for the film that Hollywood had wrought from the story Carroll had invented for her some seven decades before. “I am delighted with the film and am now convinced that only through the medium of the talking picture art could this delicious fantasy be faithfully interpreted,” she declared, her words possibly burnished by a Paramount publicist.