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The Little Drummer Boy -- An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.
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19 December 1968 (USA) See more »
An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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José Ferrer ... Ben Haramed (voice) (as Jose Ferrer)
Paul Frees ... Aaron's Father, the Magi (voice)

June Foray ... Aaron's Mother (voice)
Ted Eccles ... Aaron (voice) (as Teddy Eccles)

Greer Garson ... Our Story Teller (voice) (as Miss Greer Garson)
Wiener Sängerknaben ... Themselves (voice) (as The Vienna Boys Choir)

Directed by
Jules Bass 
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
Takeya Nakamura (uncredited)
Writing credits
Romeo Muller (written by)

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Maury Laws 
Production Design by
Charles Frazier 
Sound Department
Jim Harris .... sound recordist
Phil Kaye .... sound recordist
Music Department
Colin Romoff .... musical director
Other crew
Don Duga .... continuity
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25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Continuity: When Aaron approaches the manger with baby Jesus, in the next shot the dying lamb, which was lying in front of one of the Kings, has disappeared.See more »
Our Story Teller:Aaron's heart was filled with joy and love. And he knew at last that the hate he had carried there was wrong. As ALL hatred will ever be wrong. For more powerful, more beautiful by far than all the eons of sadness and cruelty and desolation which had come before, was that one tiny, crystalline second of laughter. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful and poignant gem with a great message, 20 December 2009
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

The Little Drummer Boy is a very beautiful and poignant gem from Rankin'/Bass, and it has a great message and conveys so wonderfully the true meaning of Christmas. For me, while I adore this, I don't think it is quite as good as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, two very timeless classics. But this is very overlooked and unjustly, because it is probably the most moving of the Rankin'/Bass Christmas specials. With very detailed miniature sets and art direction, it is a delight to look at, and the music is truly stunning as well, especially with the haunting sound of the Vienna Boys Choir singing the title song. The death of Aaron's parents is truly unforgettable, and is a real tear jerker. And the voice acting is top notch, Jose Ferrer is brilliant as Ben and Paul Frees and June Foray are delightful as Aaron's parents, and Aaron himself is voiced with real sensitivity by Ted Eccles. Special mention though has to go with Greer Garson, who was perfect as Our Story Teller speaking with such gentleness and sincerity that is a rarity nowadays. All in all, beautiful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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