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!..
Did You Know?
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
[speaking of the plague of rats
Leaders of virtue; character builders, / To rid your town of this verminous pox, / My fee is fifty thousand guilders.
Fifty thousand guilders?
You've lost your mind!
Version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin
How Can I Tell You?
Music by Edvard Grieg
(adapted from "Piano Concerto in A Minor")
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Sung by Van Johnson See more