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The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Musical, Family, Fantasy  |  26 November 1957 (USA)
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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 ... 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)  »

Also Known As:

El flautista de Hamelin  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Paul: [left behind outside when the portal in the mountain closes] Don't leave me, Piper, let me in! Take me with you... please take me too!
[he falls against the mountainside, sobbing]
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Connections

Edited into Santa's Fantasy Fair (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Color--Yes, Technicolor TV in 1957!
26 November 2005 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

I just wanted to correct the last reviewer. There were indeed color Televisions in 1957. In fact RCA introduced color TVs for the home in 1954. This TV movie was filmed in Technicolor and shown originally on NBC, a network that pioneered color (remember the Peacock?). It was made with every intent of its being seen in COLOR. Though I'm sure the producers wanted it to look good in b&w as well, it was a color film. And the colors in The Pied Piper '57 are no more garish than many other lesser-known Technicolor "extravaganzas." If producers back in those days were gonna pay for color, we by gum they was gonna use the hell out of it! Anyway, this is one weird ass film! Catch this and the Wizard of Oz double feature from Something Weird, and you've got some goooood Kid movie watchin'!


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