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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wilhelm Grimm / The Cobbler ('The Cobbler and the Elves')
Karlheinz Böhm ...
Jacob Grimm (as Karl Boehm)
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Dorothea Grimm
Walter Slezak ...
Stossel
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Greta Heinrich
Oskar Homolka ...
The Duke (as Oscar Homolka)
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Martita Hunt ...
Anna Richter (Story Teller)
Betty Garde ...
Miss Bettenhausen
Bryan Russell ...
Freidrich Grimm
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Gruber
Tammy Marihugh ...
Pauline Grimm
Cheerio Meredith ...
Mrs. Von Dittersdorf
Walter Rilla ...
Priest
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The Princess ('The Dancing Princess')
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Storyline

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 THRILLS! ADVENTURE! ROMANCE! See more »


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21 August 1963 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

El maravilloso mundo de los hermanos Grimm  »

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| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.59 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where the princess is leaving the castle to dance , it clearly begins during the night, but when she steps outside and walks to the carriage it is daytime, and when she arrives at her destination, it is yet again night. See more »

Quotes

The King: I have discovered a new musical instrument which I thought might amuse you.
Ludwig: As ruler of half your kingdom, I think it my duty to tell you that I simply loathe music.
The King: [Pointedly] As ruler of the other half, I suspect that you may change your mind. Shepherd, would you play us a tune?
Voice of Flute: [the Shepherd plays and this song is heard] O King, pray listen to my tale./ I sleep beneath the tree./ My master Ludwig raised his sword/ And drove it into me./ I'll never walk the earth again/ Or hear a bird or plant...
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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 »

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Feast for the eyes
5 July 2002 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

You have to be young at heart to relish the film and I enjoyed the visuals as a child would. You know today that the two brothers wrote on two desks side by side to accommodate the cinerama screen--yet it looks so much better visually. It is not great cinema but good cinema of the sixties.

Of particular note was the Terry Thomas and Bud Hackett sub-plot which might not appear to be great technically but is funny and heartwarming even today. Laurence Harvey as Wilhelm Grimm (it was difficult to note that was the Cobbler as well) and Martita Hunt as the witch were superb. The German locations were ideal. The art direction and the puppet/animation sequences were really topnotch--who cares if there was a car visible in one shot!

In short, this is an ideal film for family viewing and the studios should consider re-releasing it for school viewing. All the kids today know of Snow White and Cinderella, but how many know of the Grimm brothers or of why Cinderella was called by that name? The film needs imaginative marketing to keep the box office jingling...


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