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The Pied Piper (1942)

While traveling in France during the Nazi invasion of 1940, an Englishman is entrusted with the care of a group of refugee children.

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Englishman Mr Howard is on a fishing holiday in eastern France when the Germans invade in 1940. Setting off to try and get back home he is persuaded to take along the two Cavanaugh children, and as his journey progresses his family keeps growing in size. Once in German-occupied northern France a new problem arises - the risk of being heard speaking English. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 16, 1943 with Monty Woolley and Roddy McDowall reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Focquet: I will join de Gaulle.
Howard: De Gaulle? Who's de Gaulle?
Focquet: De Gaulle, monsieur? He is one who was neither a traitor nor a coward. He's the true France.
Howard: I'm afraid I've never heard of him.
Focquet: You will, monsieur.
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Pleasant Escape
30 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although not action packed this movie moves along at a good pace with plenty of twist and turns and a good deal of wit. When Howard, played by Monty Woolley, is fishing on his holiday in Eastern France he wants nothing more than peace and quiet. When the Germans invade during World War II, he escapes with two and finally a hodge podge of children, and peace and quiet are the last thing he will get. They must trek to saftey and outwit the Germans. Woolley is perfect as the gruff elderly man than seems likely to have been a strict disciplinarian. The kids will melt anyones heart including his. This movie is a classic and it is hard to believe it isn't even available on VHS let alone DVD.


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