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The Pied Piper (1942)

While traveling in France during the Nazi invasion of 1940, an Englishman is entrusted with the care of a group of refugee children.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson, Nevil Shute (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monty Woolley ... John Sidney Howard
Roddy McDowall ... Ronnie Cavanaugh
Anne Baxter ... Nicole Rougeron
Otto Preminger ... Major Diessen
J. Carrol Naish ... Aristide Rougeron
Lester Matthews ... Mr. Cavanaugh
Jill Esmond ... Mrs. Cavanaugh
Ferike Boros Ferike Boros ... Madame
Peggy Ann Garner ... Sheila Cavanaugh
Merrill Rodin Merrill Rodin ... Willem
Maurice Tauzin ... Pierre
Fleurette Zama Fleurette Zama ... Rose
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Frenchman
Marcel Dalio ... Focquet
Marcelle Corday ... Madame Bonne
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Storyline

Englishman Mr Howard is on a fishing holiday in eastern France when the Germans invade in 1940. Setting off to try and get back home he is persuaded to take along the two Cavanaugh children, and as his journey progresses his family keeps growing in size. Once in German-occupied northern France a new problem arises - the risk of being heard speaking English. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abandonados See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was released just 7 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. See more »

Quotes

Focquet: I will join de Gaulle.
Howard: De Gaulle? Who's de Gaulle?
Focquet: De Gaulle, monsieur? He is one who was neither a traitor nor a coward. He's the true France.
Howard: I'm afraid I've never heard of him.
Focquet: You will, monsieur.
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Good, but the book was better
9 December 2004 | by mainefredSee all my reviews

Finally tracked down a tape of this 1942 filming of the Nevil Shute novel, and found it quite enjoyable. Monty Woolley is perfect in the lead, a crusty Brit on vacation in Switzerland who is persuaded, with WW2 imminent, to take a friend's two small children to safety in England. Other children join the group along the way, with the German army always around the next corner, leading to an exciting finale when the group is captured by a Nazi commander, played by Otto Preminger. Among the children are Roddy MacDowall and Peggy Ann Garner, and Ann Baxter plays a French girl who helps Monty and his charges elude the Germans. (Baxter's French accent is very convincing.) Two gripes: (1) the film is shot mostly in darkness and in close quarters, and one yearns for the director to open it up. (2) The aforementioned Preminger is over the top in his portrayal - which was of course standard in 1942. But the movie is worth seeing, and worth releasing on DVD. Now to find another "lost" Nevil Shute movie: Landfall. Any suggestions?


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