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Hansel and Gretel (1954)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Music | 24 December 1954 (USA)
An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music.

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Anna Russell ...
Rosina Rubylips - the Witch (voice)
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Mother (voice)
Frank Rogier ...
Father (voice)
Delbert Anderson ...
Sandman (voice)
Helen Boatwright ...
Dew Fairy (voice) (as Helen Boatright)
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Constance Brigham ...
Hansel / Gretel (voice)
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With brilliant imagination and technical wizardry, this 1954 feature film used stop-action animation, and hand-sculpted dolls and sets to create a fantasy land of unearthly beauty. Set to Engelbert Humperdinck's classic 1892 opera, sung by some of the most acclaimed performers of the 1950's, this recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. This may be the definative production of one of the greatest fairy tales ever told, and it is now on DVD. Written by VIEW Video

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Re-released in 1972 as part of MGM's Children's Matinees package. See more »


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Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conducted by Franz Allers
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Correction re the boys' choir used in this movie
12 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found the other comments to be enlightening, especially with regard to the hurry-up conclusion.

However, I know for a fact that the boys' choir used in this movie was no a European choir, but the Apollo Boys Choir, originally of Palm Beach, Florida, that moved to Dallas, Texas until its director, Coleman Cooper, retired. It is unfortunately no longer in operation. During the Depression, the choir toured the United States in limousines, not buses, and sang for President Roosevelt at the Hot Springs resort where he escaped the pressures of Washington DC. The choir accompanist, Mr. Bert Hallack, is a resident of Palm Beach.

One famous former chorister of this choir is George Bragg, who founded the Texas Boys Boys (of Fort Worth).


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