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The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)

Overwhelmed by rats, a medieval town hires a magical piper who can rid the town of the pest in exchange for gold but the crooked mayor has no intention of honoring the deal.



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Complete credited cast:
Pied Piper / Truson
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
Alex Goudavich
Fred Hansen
Jess Kirkpatrick


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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Release Date:

26 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El flautista de Hamelin  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


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 (1918) See more »


The Emissary's Song
Music by Edvard Grieg (adapted from "Arabian Dance" from "Peer Gynt")
Sung by Villagers
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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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