The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Pied Piper / Truson
Lori Nelson ...
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


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

26 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El flautista de Hamelin  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The children sing about gathering straw for their part in making bricks. Adobe bricks are made of straw and mud. Kiln bricks are used in building the tower. Kiln bricks are made of clay, sand, and some metal. Straw is not used. See more »


Truson: [he hears the Piper's music, but Mara can't] Listen! The music of the Piper!
Mara: No, Truson, he's gone!
Truson: Yes, gone... and our honor with him, that's what I fear.
Mara: What the Piper will do to us?
Truson: No... what we've done to ourselves.
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Edited into Santa's Fantasy Fair (1969) See more »


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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"Modesty forbids another hero of this occasion/Whose wit and wisdom ended the invasion!"
19 April 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Musical television special brimming with good cheer. The small hamlet of Hamelin, where the townspeople are kept working all day under the thumb of their greedy, selfish mayor, are delighted when a magical piper rids their streets of vermin; but, when the mayor reneges on his promise to pay the piper's fee, the musical maestro leads all the children away to a playground beyond the great mountain. Though lacking in musical talent and fine dancing abilities, the large, game cast is quite good. Van Johnson is both hearty and dashing in the dual role of laborer Truson and the Pied Piper, and no man ever looked so good in tights and a feathered cap; Johnson's jolly spirit seems conjured up on the sly, and his smart, sneaky Piper strikes a series of surreptitious poses (and some amusing double takes). Claude Rains as the mayor looks a little uncomfortable in the musical numbers, though Robert Browning's poetry slips naturally off his tongue and he's a wily villain. Jim Backus as the King's Emissary isn't so lucky; though he looks great in his plush pink velour-and-lace costume, his Mr. Magoo-isms don't mesh with the prosy teleplay (and his hamming does him no favors). The Edvard Grieg music is lovely, though the difficult lyrics often stymie the action--and the slapstick comedy doesn't work too well, either. Still, the presentation is a dandy, with handsome sets and costumes, a good build-up of the story, fun celebrations and a happy ending for one and all--with the exception of the rats.

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