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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Now! a giant color spectacle! from the pages of the immortal classics comes this famous story!..
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As a rule / I refrain from calling any man a fool. Heed me now. / I'll wait until yon clock strikes the hour. / Don't let me go away / Without my pay.
Version of Hamelín
In The Hall of the Mountain King
Music by Edvard Grieg
Orchestral arrangement adapted from Grieg's music for "Peer Gynt"
Performed onscreen by Van Johnson
(dubbed by an anonymous flute soloist)
with offscreen orchestra conducted by Pete King See more