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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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Did You Know?


A segment of The Fast Show (1994), titled "The Singing Ringing Binging Plinging Tinging Plinking Plonking Boinging Tree" is a spoof of this film. See more »


Die hochmütige Prinzessin: Any lout can give me pearls like this if he has enough money. I require more from a suitor!
Der schöne Prinz: What do you want then?
Die hochmütige Prinzessin: I must have... I must have the singing ringing tree! Bring it to me and then I will listen to you!
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Its even better than I remembered in the late 60s
2 March 2001 | by mark.dixonSee all my reviews

This film was bought by BBC Children TV, dubbed in English and serialised in the late 60s which is where I originally saw it. You can buy a restored, German language with English subtitles which I did to see if my memory had played tricks on me - was it as good as I remembered?

I'm glad to say that its even better than I remembered, the stylish production, imaginative sets and performances enthralled me and my two you daughters again (the German language bit didn't seem to bother them at all!). I remembered the story but what passed me by on my B&W TV in the 60s was the imaginative and beautifully shot images.

Much recommended!

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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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