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The Magic Land of Mother Goose (1967)

Not Rated | | Family, Fantasy | 23 December 1967 (USA)
Shot entirely on a high school stage, a group of storybook characters emerge from the book of Mother Goose leading to Old King Cole walking out of the book and into our world, followed by ... See full summary »

Writers:

Roy Flubrer (story), Eve Weiher (based on play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Roy Huston Roy Huston ... Merlin the Magician
David Hammond David Hammond ... Old King Cole
Judith Snow Judith Snow ... Mother Goose / Wicked Witch
Denny Ray Denny Ray ... Prince Charming
Valerie Lynne Valerie Lynne ... Rag Doll
Linda Appleby Linda Appleby ... Sleeping Beauty
David Williamson David Williamson ... Court Page
Linda Lee Linda Lee ... Mary Mary / Little Bo Peep
Ebenezer Lifting Ebenezer Lifting ... Jack In The Box
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Storyline

Shot entirely on a high school stage, a group of storybook characters emerge from the book of Mother Goose leading to Old King Cole walking out of the book and into our world, followed by Raggedy Ann, while other characters, including Merlin the Magician pop out of the book with the help of Mother Goose to bring her flock back into her book world. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Visits the Magic Land of Mother Goose See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mention of Casper the Ghost was electronically altered to avoid lawsuits from the copyright holder. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Old King Cole: Ha, ha! I did it! I finally did it! I finally got out of that book! I finally got away from Mother Goose! And today is going to be mighty fun! Today we're going to have a party!
[sing-song]
Old King Cole: Old King Cole was a merry old soul/and a merry old soul was he.
[stops singing]
Old King Cole: Now that I'm out here... I'm out here all alone. There's nobody to play with!
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Connections

Featured in Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Before and Never Again
From the original stage play
Lyrics and music by John Aman and Terry Smith
Sung by Roy Fluhrer and Eve Weiher
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I'd Debate the Magic Land Part
9 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Magic Land of Mother Goose (1967)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

From nudies to gore to children movies? Herschell Gordon Lewis will always be remembered for his films like TWO THOUSAND MANIACS and COLOR ME BLOOD RED but he also made a couple children movies including this one. This was apparently shot on a high school stage where various Mother Goose tales come to life. The characters that make an appearance include Merlin, Old King Cole, the Wicked Witch, Prince Charming and a very, very creepy Rag Doll.

THE MAGIC LAND OF MOTHER GOOSE probably would have worked better as a thirty minute show for television. Or, if it would have probably worked even better had I dropped a ton of acid and drank a few beers before watching it. The biggest problem with the film isn't its low-budget or the actual performances. It's just that none of it is all that interesting. Lewis keeps the camera back the majority of the time and everything is filmed in long takes. The lack of any real editing really kills the picture because it just makes the entire film look rather cheap and ugly. I'm sure some better editing could have made some of the jokes or magic tricks more interesting.


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