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The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)

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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1.33 : 1
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They speak of melting gold coin to make bells for the town clock. Gold is too soft to make a bell. To coat a bell with gold, would not require thousands of coins. See more »

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John's Mother: [addressing an empty counci chamber] Your honor... I know you and your councillors are busy with important affairs, and I'll only take up a moment of your time. It's about Johnny. Who's Johhny? He's my son. You remember the boy with curly red hair... the boy who opened your carriage door for you once. He's gone... looked everywhere and I can't seem to find him... and I know such men as wise as you can surely help me find a small boy.
[he looks at the empty table, waiting for a reply]
John's Mother: Why don't ...
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Edited into Santa's Fantasy Fair (1969) See more »

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Prestige
Music by Edvard Grieg (loosely adapted from "Lyric Pieces: Melodie", Op. 47)
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Sung and Danced by Claude Rains, Doodles Weaver, Stanley Adams and Councilors
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Excellent!
13 July 2003 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

You know, I was a child when this came out. It was both dark and enchanting at the same time, and speaking of time it was quite a good production for 1957. I am tired of all the over-reviewing done to movies at this site and movies being picked to death. This provided wonderful entertainment on the early TV medium and I for one am glad to own a copy of this for my niece and nephews, who love it TODAY!


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