Down 3,350 this week

The Pied Piper (1942)

 |  Drama  |  21 August 1942 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 303 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 5 critic

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



, (novel)
0Check in

TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 363 titles
created 11 Jun 2011
a list of 32 titles
created 02 Nov 2013
a list of 410 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 40 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Pied Piper" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Pied Piper (1942)

The Pied Piper (1942) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Pied Piper.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Kings Row (1942)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Directors: Noel Coward, David Lean
Stars: Noel Coward, John Mills, Derek Elphinstone
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman
Wake Island (1942)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines try to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats children who are without parents and decides to do something about it. She opens a home... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Directors: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Episodic look at the life of a minister and his family as they move from one parish to another.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Fredric March, Martha Scott, Beulah Bondi
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Stopped in Mexico by U.S. Immigration, Georges Iscovescu hopes to get into the country by marrying a citizen.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright
Wilson (1944)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Sidney Lanfield
Stars: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young


Cast overview, first billed only:
Monty Woolley ...
Lester Matthews ...
Mr. Cavanaugh
Jill Esmond ...
Ferike Boros ...
Merrill Rodin ...
Maurice Tauzin ...
Fleurette Zama ...
William Edmunds ...
Marcelle Corday ...
Madame Bonne


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's all heart and thrills! See more »




See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abandonados  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 21, 1942 with Roddy McDowall and Anne Baxter reprising their film roles. See more »


Anna: Nicht mehr "Heil Hitler"?
Major Diessen: Nein, nicht mehr "Heil Hitler".
Anna: Gut.
See more »


Version of The Pied Piper (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good, but the book was better
9 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Finally tracked down a tape of this 1942 filming of the Nevil Shute novel, and found it quite enjoyable. Monty Woolley is perfect in the lead, a crusty Brit on vacation in Switzerland who is persuaded, with WW2 imminent, to take a friend's two small children to safety in England. Other children join the group along the way, with the German army always around the next corner, leading to an exciting finale when the group is captured by a Nazi commander, played by Otto Preminger. Among the children are Roddy MacDowall and Peggy Ann Garner, and Ann Baxter plays a French girl who helps Monty and his charges elude the Germans. (Baxter's French accent is very convincing.) Two gripes: (1) the film is shot mostly in darkness and in close quarters, and one yearns for the director to open it up. (2) The aforementioned Preminger is over the top in his portrayal - which was of course standard in 1942. But the movie is worth seeing, and worth releasing on DVD. Now to find another "lost" Nevil Shute movie: Landfall. Any suggestions?

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pied Piper, 1942 movie with Monty Woolley, Anne Baxter mdamato
Read the book, avoid the movie skeatboy
Monty Woolley's Profile cornelia826
Discuss The Pied Piper (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: