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23 December 1967 (USA) See more »
Shot entirely on a high school stage, a group of storybook characters emerge from the book of Mother... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roy Flubrer  story
Eve Weiher 

Produced by
J. Edwin Baker .... executive producer
Irving D. Reinhart .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Aman 
Terry Smith 
Cinematography by
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
Film Editing by
Robert Flaxman 
Makeup Department
Allison Louise Downe .... makeup artist (as Louise Downe)
Leonard Paccitti Jr. .... hair stylist
Production Management
Robert Flaxman .... production supervisor
Don Logay .... unit manager
Sound Department
Harry Stone .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Collodi .... camera operator
William R. Johnson .... camera operator (as William Johnson)
Robert Vey .... lighting technician
Other crew
Steven J. Conners .... production coordinator
G. William Shallop .... title designer (as William Shallop)

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59 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mention of Casper the Ghost was electronically altered to avoid lawsuits from the copyright holder.See more »
[first lines]
Old King Cole:Ha, ha! I did it! I finally did it! I finally got out of that book! I finally got away from Mother Goose! And today is going to be mighty fun! Today we're going to have a party!
Old King Cole:Old King Cole was a merry old soul/and a merry old soul was he.
[stops singing]
Old King Cole:Now that I'm out here... I'm out here all alone. There's nobody to play with!
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Mommy, can we go home?, 16 March 2008
Author: galensaysyes

I find it difficult to imagine that any audience could ever have sat all the way through this (I only got halfway) or that anyone would ever have put up a cent for its printing in the expectation of a return. It appears to be a movie of a terrible children's show by a terrible little-theatre company in some small town; but if any kids ever found their way to it, they must have been bored and creeped out at the same sitting. Since the person named as director is more notorious for his gore movies, one tends to apply a sinister subtext to the more bizarre sequences, e.g. the one with Raggedy Ann--so called, but looking more like the Corpse Bride--and a fascistic, sadistic Old King Cole who orders that the doll be tortured because she's not "merry" (indeed, to judge by appearances, clinically depressed) and she's forced into a box and sawed in half. The sawing is performed by an amateur kid magician whose tricks, unbelievably, are what the whole production is built around; hence "_Magic_ Land." Magic, my tuchus. The performers are so listless and the sets so tacky, it looks like a burlesque show with the strip numbers excised--which now I think of it does describe life in its dismaler aspect: so maybe the director is an unacknowledged master, after all.

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