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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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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 »

Quotes

Mayor of Hamelin: What would you do with such a sum?
Pied Piper: Have fun!
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Version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1913) See more »

Soundtracks

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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12 October 2003 | by (Upstate NY) – See all my reviews

You can't judge a 1957 TV special by 21st century standards. I saw and loved this when it was first shown, and still love it today, as does my son. Yes, there are slow points, but you've got to remember that this is family fare, so there was a love story to interest the parents along with the magical story to entertain the kiddies. Yes, some of the lyrics could be better, but do we really know what time constraints may have been dogging the creators? I have no problem with Kay Starr's song lamenting the disappearance of her son; it's set to 'Asa's Death' from 'Peer Gynt', so the melody is most appropriate. Maybe the colors are garish; as has been pointed out, that was to make the grey-scale diverse enough to have distinct shades.

Like so many dramatic actors, Claude Rains surprised audiences who never realized he had such a good singing voice. In addition, Doodles Weaver (of Spike Jones fame) and Stanley Adams (Cyrano Jones in 'The Trouble with Tribbles') play off each other beautifully. Van Johnson does a lovely job in his dual roles as Truson and the Piper. My favorite moments are the opening, with the Piper slithering down the tree like a snake, and the song 'Prestige' - 'Prestige is the dinner they give you for fun, which they wouldn't have done when you really needed one.' Very clever lyric, that.

Yes, the screenwriters added a happy ending. This was, after all, a family show. Besides, it nicely pointed up the moral and showed that people can repent of poor behavior and become better people.


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