Play It Again, Charlie Brown (1971)

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Lucy talks Schroeder into playing his piano for a PTA meeting. but there are unforeseen details that he will not tolerate.


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Cast overview:
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
Lucy van Pelt (voice)
Stephen Shea ...
Linus van Pelt (voice)
Danny Hjeim ...
Schroeder (voice)
Hilary Momberger ...
Sally Brown (voice)
Lynda Mendelson ...
Frieda (voice) (as Linda Mendelson)
Christopher DeFaria ...
Patricia 'Peppermint Patty' Reichardt (voice) (as Kip DeFaria)
Chris Inglis ...
Charlie Brown (voice)


In order to win the ever resistant Schroeder's affections, Lucy follows Peppermint Patty's advise and talks him into performing for a PTA meeting. Unfortunately, Patty, in her usual level of sensitivity, fails to mention until after Schroeder's agreement that only rock music will be on the program. Now Lucy, knowing that Schroeder would never agree to that, must find a solution. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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piano | concert | dog | peanuts | selfishness | See more »



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Release Date:

28 March 1971 (USA)  »

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While Charlie Brown, Pig Pen, and Snoopy sound perfectly fine without Schroeder when demonstrating their rock band to Lucy, they aren't able to go on without him at the PTA meeting. See more »


[last lines, Schroeder continues playing more Beethoven songs]
Lucy van Pelt: [sits by the piano] How come you never send me flowers?
Schroeder: Because I don't like you.
Lucy van Pelt: The flowers wouldn't care. Beethoven never would've made it in Nashville.
Schroeder: [stops playing, offended] What did you say? What do you mean Beethoven wouldn't have made it in Nashville?
Lucy van Pelt: Did he have the Nashville sound? Huh? Did he? Did he?
[Schroeder leaves, feeling insulted]
Lucy van Pelt: [shouts] He probably wouldn't have made it in New Orleans, *either*!
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Followed by It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown (2000) See more »


Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 (Moonlight Sonata), 3: Presto agitato
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Lillian Steuber
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The first dud
2 January 2014 | by (Sunderland, MA) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this when it first aired and was sorely disappointed. After several years and seven wonderful specials, PIACB fell far short of the mark the previous shows had established.

The charm of Peanuts is seeing the real world through children's eyes. But in this special, some of the humor and plot points depend on things coming in spray cans; for example, PTA meetings. Huh? Not only is that not funny, it's supernatural, something that does not belong in Charlie Brown's world.

Also, this was the first time we hear actual adult voices, as opposed to the muted trombone sound effect. It's almost as if the 4th wall was being blown to bits. Suddenly we are no longer in the world of kids; the adults have invaded.

The other major thing wrong was the use of rock music in the soundtrack. Up to now, Vince Guaraldi's outstanding jazz scores gave Charlie Brown a dynamic, signature sound that everyone could quickly identify. To replace that with rock borders on sacrilege.

Maybe they wanted to try something new. Well, to me it didn't work. Why mess with success?

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