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The Singing Ringing Tree (1957)

Das singende, klingende Bäumchen (original title)
A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her.


Francesco Stefani


Anne Geelhaar (scenario), Jacob Grimm (story) (as Brothers Grimm) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Christel Bodenstein ... Die hochmütige Prinzessin / Arrogant Princess
Charles Hans Vogt Charles Hans Vogt ... Der greise König / Aged King (as Charles H. Vogt)
Eckart Dux ... Der schöne Prinz / Handsome Prince
Richard Krüger Richard Krüger ... Der böse Zwerg / Wicked Dwarf
Dorothea Thiesing Dorothea Thiesing ... Amme / Nurse
Günther Polensen Günther Polensen ... Schloßhauptmann / Captain of the Guard
Fredy Barten Fredy Barten ... Minister
Egon Vogel Egon Vogel ... Hauptmann / Zeremonienmeister
Paul Knopf Paul Knopf ... Wächter
Paul Pfingst Paul Pfingst ... Bauer
Friedrich Teitge Friedrich Teitge ... Gärtner
Maria Besendahl Maria Besendahl ... Kräuterweib (as Anna-Maria Besendahl)
Jürgen Baumgart Jürgen Baumgart ... Page
Norbert Bischof Norbert Bischof ... Page
Wolfgang Böhm Wolfgang Böhm ... Page


A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her. He finally locates it in the magical realm of an evil dwarf who offers him a deal: he can keep the tree if it starts singing before sundown - which it will only do if the princess truly loves him. Otherwise, he will be turned into a bear. Reminiscent of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. Written by c.winter

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BBC produced an English voice-over of the film which was first broadcast in three segments in 1964, adding greatly to its international success. Since it was aired in black-and-white, the film obtained an even more eerie atmosphere for viewers in the UK. See more »


Der schöne Prinz: Who are you?
Der böse Zwerg: I am the ruler of this kingdom into which you foced your way. You are my prisoner!
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Spoofed in The Fast Show: Episode #3.8 (1997) See more »

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fears now realized
19 June 2004 | by samsimpson65See all my reviews

I thought this had been a bad nightmare, I had watched this as a child on a B&W TV and been terrified and traumatised by the Dwarf in what I could vaguely remember as a dark cave. I was speaking to someone this evening who said they had seen a clip on TV about a 60/70's programme called the singing ringing tree, as soon as she said it I knew that was it. So we looked on this site and low and behold there it is, I am glad it hadn't been a bad dream as I had begun to think over the past 24 odd years. The only problem is I'd forgotten about the man dressed as a bear and the mechanical fish, wish I had, as I must admit it has given me the heeby geebies, so I probably will have a nightmare tonight now.

Glad I wasn't imagining it anyway and would now quite like to see it, in colour of course!

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Release Date:

13 December 1957 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El tintineante arbolito cantante See more »

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