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?
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
[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
Why don't ...
Version of Hamelín
Flim Flam Floo
Music by Edvard Grieg
(adapted from one of the "Norwegian Dances")
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Sung by Van Johnson See more