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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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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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The First Dramatic Film in Fabulous CINERAMA 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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2.59 : 1
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Trivia

Rumors that 'Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm' could never be "restored" because the original 3-panel Cinerama camera negatives were heavily water damaged are untrue. Sources close to Warner Brothers and Cinerama Inc, report there is actually very minimal water damage to one edge of one panel in only some reels, and the Technicolor color separation prints are intact for the entire film. Therefore if any of the water damage actually would show on screen or video, that footage could be replaced with new negative made from the Technicolor separations. 3 color separation reels for each of the 3 Cinerama panels means the replacement process would be costly, but not impossible. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jacob Grimm: It's an outrage. In my speech, I'm going to tell them...
Wilhelm Grimm: [cutting him off] Jacob. Just tell them...
[pause]
Wilhelm Grimm: Just tell them I'm your brother.
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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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References tom thumb (1958) See more »

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Words and Music by Bob Merrill
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Competing With Shirley Temple
30 December 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Back when it first was out I never did get around to seeing The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm and it should be seen in the theater rather than a formatted VHS version. This was indeed a film for which Cinerama was definitely suited.

During the Fifties a whole lot of the Grimm stories were used in a shortlived series hosted by the grown up Shirley Temple entitled Shirley Temple's storybook. I think they were better presented on the big screen.

I'm not sure if these in fact are the real Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm as played by Laurence Harvey and Karl Boehm. Wilhelm is the married one, in fact married to the lovely Claire Bloom, with two small children and it's those kids who keep him interested in German folklore and tales of such. The more serious minded Jacob, scholar, historian, and linguist would like to marry Barbara Eden, but that ain't happening unless the brothers finish the dynastic history they've been commissioned to write by Duke Oscar Homolka. And Jacob can't keep Wilhelm's mind on the business at hand.

The real story of the brothers is merely a plot device on which to hang cinematic presentation of three of the Grimm fairy tales and the presence of a lot of the others during a delirious fever sustained by Laurence Harvey. The regular story is directed by Henry Levin, but George Pal who probably got the biggest budget in his career to utilize in The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm gets to direct the fairy tale segments.

My favorite is The Singing Bone with Terry-Thomas as the braggadocious knight and Buddy Hackett as his put upon squire and their encounter with a dragon in a cave. That is George Pal and Cinerama at their very best.

Don't expect a whole lot from this film, it's not deep, it was meant for the kid market. And it dates not a bit though with today's computer generated special effects it would be even better if done today.


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