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The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)

TV Movie  -   -  Musical | Family | Fantasy  -  26 November 1957 (USA)
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The singing, rhyming citizens of Hamelin hope to win a competition with rival towns for royal recognition. To this end, the mayor outlaws play (which is a bit hard on the children) and ... See full summary »

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Pied Piper / Truson
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Lori Nelson ...
Mara
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King's Emissary
Kay Starr ...
John's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Aaronson
Kathie Anderson
Les Clark
Brian Corcoran
Cyril Delevanti
James Elsegood
James Gonzalez
Alex Goudavich
Fred Hansen
Jess Kirkpatrick
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The singing, rhyming citizens of Hamelin hope to win a competition with rival towns for royal recognition. To this end, the mayor outlaws play (which is a bit hard on the children) and refuses to help a rival town when it's flooded. But rats (seen only as shadows), fleeing the flood, invade Hamelin in droves; a magical piper, whose music only children (and rats) can hear, strikes a bargain...which, once the rats are gone, the Mayor and council renege on, to their subsequent regret. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Now! a giant color spectacle! from the pages of the immortal classics comes this famous story!..


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26 November 1957 (USA)  »

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El flautista de Hamelin  »

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Hamelin is a town in Germany. They speak of using Guilders to pay the piper and to melt into gold bells. The Guilder was a Dutch coin and was silver. See more »

Quotes

Mayor of Hamelin: You have an invention?
Pied Piper: I attract attention/ Chiefly with a secret charm/ On creatures that do people harm;/ The mole, the toad, the newt and viper./
[Chuckles]
Pied Piper: Who doesn't know of the Pied Piper?
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Version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1926) See more »

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Feats of the Piper
Music by Edvard Grieg (adapted from "Anitra's Dance" from "Peer Gynt")
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Sung by Van Johnson and Villagers
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too sugary sweet
9 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is more appropriate for children under twelve and older than six. Real young children might have problems with all the rhyming verse and the vocabulary used in the movie. The movie is syrupy sweet. The rhyming verses within the dialogue are initially charming. However, after a while (a very short while), all this rhyming gets a bit tedious. The vocabulary chosen in these verses might be more appropriate to children closer to 8 or 10. Yet, it is possible that the younger children will get the gist of what is being said. I did not realize that this movie would be a musical as well. If they could cut out some, not all, of the songs, then I could have watched it longer. I had to skip through the sugary sweet songs since I could skip through the witty dialogue. This movie will not hold the attention of younger children although it is definitely a G rated movie. With the young children, parents might want to reassure their children that they will not get taken. This is the only scary situation in the movie. Definitely a fairy tale. Enjoy!


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