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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

The story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and three of their stories...




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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Grimm (as Karl Boehm)
Dorothea Grimm
Greta Heinrich
The Duke (as Oscar Homolka)
Anna Richter (Story Teller)
Miss Bettenhausen
Bryan Russell ...
Freidrich Grimm
Tammy Marihugh ...
Pauline Grimm
Cheerio Meredith ...
Mrs. Von Dittersdorf


The fictionalized lives of the story-telling Grimm brothers are brought to life in this all-star fantasy film. In the early nineteenth century, the brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm are commissioned to write a family history for a local Duke. Reenactments of three of their stories including "The Dancing Princess", "The Cobbler and the Elves" and "The Singing Bone". Written by alfiehitchie

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WONDERFUL Romance, Thrills, Adventure and YOU share every moment! WONDERFUL Music! Songs! Dances! and YOU are part of them! See more »


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Release Date:

21 August 1963 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

El maravilloso mundo de los hermanos Grimm  »


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.59 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Buddy Hackett sang in "The Music Man", he had what could be described as a "funny" singing voice which would have seemed out of place in the eerie "flute-playing" scenes of "The Singing Bone". So his singing was dubbed by Clinton Sundberg, the actor who played the Prime Minister in the film, and who rarely sang onscreen. Although Sundberg did not have a trained singing voice, it had the right gravitas for the somber fairy tale. See more »


Automobile visible driving in the distance when the brothers are walking along the street. See more »


Wilhelm Grimm: [final line] Once upon a time
Wilhelm Grimm: there were two brothers!
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Crazy Credits

At the end, the credits simply say: "And they lived happily ever after". There is no "The End" credit or "Cast of Characters". See more »


Dancing Princess
Words and Music by Bob Merrill
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a favorite movie as a child...
27 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

My parents took me to see this movie when it first came out. I was 12. My girlfriend went with our family and she was Mennonite. She didn't have a TV and never went to movies. But her family let her go with us. We were mesmerized by the fantastic stories and the music was excellent. It was action packed and it used a new process called Cinerama, so it felt like you were really there. It stands out in my mind as a wonderful memory. I am now a Grandma and want my 6 year old Granddaughter to see it. I can't imagine the new one being this good. Even though I love Terry Gilliam, it sounds like he has changed the core story and added the latest cutting edge special effects. There is something to be said for 'less is more.'

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