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The Truth About Mother Goose (1957)

The true story behind various nursery rhymes is explored.

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We learn the true stories behind various nursery rhymes. Little Jack Horner: a servant to a city official was delivering a present to King Henry VIII, baked, as was the custom of the time, in a pie. The present was the deed to a valuable estate, which Horner stole. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Mary Stuart brought "quite contrary" French style to the Scottish court. After a series of disastrous romances, she was jailed; the jailer's son, captivated by her, helped her escape. After a brief but disastrous attempted coup, she fled to England, where her sister, Queen Elizabeth, soon grew jealous and had her imprisoned. London Bridge: The bridge, finished in 1209, was soon lined by shops with luxury apartments upstairs, turning into a popular commercial and cultural zone. The Great Fire that broke out in 1666 spread to the bridge, but the houses were rebuilt. Over the ages, things decayed. In 1823, things finally got bad enough that the bridge was demolished and replaced. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Fascinating look into the stories behind some of the Mother Goose nursery rhymes

Most stories, rhymes and fables have some story behind them as to their origin and this short, an Oscar nominee, goes into several of the Mother Goose rhymes and tells what event or action caused its creation. It's really quite fascinating to discover the basis of many of these rhymes we grew up with and to discover how many were actually political in nature. This shows on The Ink and Paint Club on the Disney Channel as well as a free-standing filler itself every once in awhile. Most recommended.


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