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Padraic Colum (adapted for the screen by)
Adelheid Wette (original play)
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Release Date:
24 December 1954 (USA) See more »
An opera fantasy See more »
An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Anna Russell ... Rosina Rubylips, the Witch (voice)

Mildred Dunnock ... Mother (voice)
Frank Rogier ... Father (voice)
Constance Brigham ... Hansel / Gretel (voice)
Helen Boatwright ... Dew Fairy (voice) (as Helen Boatright)
Delbert Anderson ... Sandman (voice)
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Directed by
John Paul 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Padraic Colum  adapted for the screen by
Adelheid Wette  original play

Produced by
Michael Myerberg .... producer
Non-Original Music by
Engelbert Humperdinck (from opera "Hansel und Gretel")
Cinematography by
Martin Munkacsi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James F. Barclay 
Set Decoration by
Evalds Dajevskis 
Costume Design by
Ida Vendicktow 
Art Department
James Summers .... puppet sculptor
Animation Department
Sky Highchief .... animator
Joe Horstman .... animator
Inez Hortstman .... animator
Kermit Love .... animator
Hobart Rosen .... animator
Don Sahlin .... animator
Teddy Shepard .... animator
Music Department
Franz Allers .... conductor
Other crew
Michael Myerberg .... presenter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hansel and Gretel: An Opera Fantasy" - USA (alternative title)
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72 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:S | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Martin Munkasci, the director of photography, was a well-known fashion still photographer.See more »
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It was made in New York, I was there., 9 January 2008
Author: bill-2118 from United States

Although this film may look like it was from Eastern Europe, it was definitely made in New York City. I was a member of the Apollo Boys Choir in 1953(we were from Palm Beach, Florida), and I remember visiting the studio in New York while the film was being shot. We came up from Palm Beach in the fall to record our part of the sound track. The choir director, Coleman Cooper, was a perfectionist, and we worked harder on this music than any other set of pieces I can remember. Unfortunately, by the time we got to New York we were pretty sung out. The recording session was long, and during it the producer decided that our sound needed some bolstering, so he brought in several female members of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus to help out. Mr. Cooper must have been very disappointed. This was an important project for him. We boys were a little disappointed too. I, at least, quickly got over it. The women, of course, were excellent singers, several were quite attractive, and they thought we were cute.

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