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The Forest Queen grants the wish of Jonathan, the woodcutter, and his wife, Anna.



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Complete credited cast:
June Thorburn ...
Forest Queen
Jessie Matthews ...
Ian Wallace ...
The Cobbler
Peter Butterworth ...
Town Crier
Yawning man (voice)
Con-Fu-Shon (voice)


The Forest Queen grants the wish of Jonathan, the woodcutter, and his wife, Anna.

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The Wonderful Musical Adventure


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24 December 1958 (UK)  »

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| (TCM print)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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George Pal forgot to cast The Whipping Man and didn't realize his mistake until it was too late. Peter Sellers stepped in at the last minute and played the role, masked. See more »


Ivan: There are two crooks here - and both of them are you!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the pages of a book, through which someone is paging. The first couple we see are shown through a magnifying glass, a reference to Tom Thumb's size. See more »


Referenced in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) See more »


After All These Years
Music by Fred Spielman
Lyrics by Janice Torre
Sung by Jessie Matthews (dubbed by Norma Zimmer)
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A Big Hand for the Little Man
10 September 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

A long time ago in a forest far away, woodcutter Bernard Miles (as Jonathan) is granted three wishes by beautiful forest queen June Thorburn (as Queenie), for sparing a giant tree from his axe. Alas, Mr. Miles squanders his wishes by growing a giant symbolic sausage on his nose, but wife Jessie Matthews (as Anne) receives a consolation prize when tiny Russ Tamblyn (as Tom Thumb) arrives on his birthday, fully grown. The childless couple always wanted a son. After getting lost at the local fair with family friend Alan Young (as Woody), Mr. Tamblyn is rescued by villainous Terry-Thomas (as Ivan) and mugging sidekick Peter Sellers (as Antony). The black-dressed men use Tamblyn to steal some gold coins, which gets his parents arrested...

This marvelous adaptation of the "Brothers Grimm" story is, to coin a familiar phrase, "fun for children of all ages." The film won special effects wizard Tom Howard a second "Academy Award", making him two for two. Gymnastic dancer Tamblyn performs a perfect ten as the un-capitalized "tom thumb"; the versatile young actor had just been receiving "Oscar" consideration for his dramatic roles. Also superb is the dastardly pairing of Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers, who savor every second of their screen time. Taking the director's chair for his first feature, "Puppetoon" master George Pal reaches a career high. The soundtrack isn't riddled with hits, but it nonetheless captures the charm. A romantic subplot is the only thing not filled to the brim with magic.

******** tom thumb (11/27/58) George Pal ~ Russ Tamblyn, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Alan Young

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