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
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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
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 The Pied Piper
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 See more