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The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)

Overwhelmed by rats, a medieval town hires a magical piper who can rid the town of the pest in exchange for gold but the crooked mayor has no intention of honoring the deal.

Director:

Bretaigne Windust

Writers:

Robert Browning (poem), Hal Stanley | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Pied Piper / Truson
Claude Rains ... Mayor of Hamelin
Lori Nelson ... Mara
Jim Backus ... King's Emissary
Kay Starr Kay Starr ... John's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Aaronson Alan Aaronson
Kathie Anderson Kathie Anderson
Les Clark Les Clark
Brian Corcoran Brian Corcoran
Cyril Delevanti
James Elsegood James Elsegood
James Gonzalez
Alex Goudavich Alex Goudavich
Fred Hansen Fred Hansen
Jess Kirkpatrick
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Storyline

The singing, rhyming citizens of Hamelin hope to win a competition with rival towns for royal recognition. To this end, the mayor outlaws play (which is a bit hard on the children) and refuses to help a rival town when it's flooded. But rats (seen only as shadows), fleeing the flood, invade Hamelin in droves; a magical piper, whose music only children (and rats) can hear, strikes a bargain...which, once the rats are gone, the Mayor and council renege on, to their subsequent regret. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Now! a giant color spectacle! from the pages of the immortal classics comes this famous story!..


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El flautista de Hamelin See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Stanley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

They speak of melting gold coin to make bells for the town clock. Gold is too soft to make a bell. To coat a bell with gold, would not require thousands of coins. See more »

Quotes

Truson: [he hears the Piper's music, but Mara can't] Listen! The music of the Piper!
Mara: No, Truson, he's gone!
Truson: Yes, gone... and our honor with him, that's what I fear.
Mara: What the Piper will do to us?
Truson: No... what we've done to ourselves.
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Connections

Version of The Pied Piper (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

My Heart Will Fly To Heaven
Music by Edvard Grieg (adapted from "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen")
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Sung by Lori Nelson
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Excellent!
13 July 2003 | by equipageSee all my reviews

You know, I was a child when this came out. It was both dark and enchanting at the same time, and speaking of time it was quite a good production for 1957. I am tired of all the over-reviewing done to movies at this site and movies being picked to death. This provided wonderful entertainment on the early TV medium and I for one am glad to own a copy of this for my niece and nephews, who love it TODAY!


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