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The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood (1965)

Not Rated | | TV Movie 28 November 1965
This revisionist fairy tale is told from the Wolf's point of view. He was minding his business when along came this precocious little girl, Red Riding Hood. "And the nerve of that cowardly ... See full summary »

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Sid Smith

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Robert Emmett
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Cast

Credited cast:
Liza Minnelli ... Little Red Riding Hood
Cyril Ritchard ... Big Bad Wolf
Vic Damone ... Woodsman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Burdon ... Head Of The Wolf Pack
Chas Chandler ... Wolf
Marlene Dell Marlene Dell ... Mouse
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Mother
Mort Marshall Mort Marshall ... Skunk
Dave Rowberry ... Wolf
John Steele ... Wolf
Hilton Valentine ... Wolf
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Storyline

This revisionist fairy tale is told from the Wolf's point of view. He was minding his business when along came this precocious little girl, Red Riding Hood. "And the nerve of that cowardly woodsman, daring to hint that I was attacking her", the wolf cries. Naturally, the animals of the forest do not believe him. Written by <rhfarb@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood or Oh Wolf, Poor Wolf! See more »

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Eritas Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the Wolf tells Red Riding Hood that "people who give presents to each other are the luckiest people in the world" this is a sly reference to the hit 1960s song "People" which was introduced by Barbra Streisand in the Broadway musical "Funny Girl," the songs for which were written by Robert Merril and Jule Styne who also wrote the songs for "Dangerous Christmas." See more »

Soundtracks

We're Gonna Howl Tonight
Written by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill
Performed by Eric Burdon, John Weider, Alan Price, Danny McCulloch and Barry Jenkins
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The not-so-vintage 1965 video is available online.
29 November 2009 | by Irie212See all my reviews

Further to bluestreak45's comments, this is definitely worth a viewing for Eric Burdon and The Animals as the wolf pack, for Cyril Ritchard as the victimized Big Bad Wolf, for the polished musical score, and, if you're a Liza fan, for her belting out tunes at age 19.

Songwriter Jule Styne conceived the idea of telling the Red Riding Hood story from a lupine point of view (and wrote the music with Bob Merrill, who wrote "Mambo Italiano"), and it is an ambitious idea, and even has a few amusing exchanges of dialog, e.g., when RRHood (Liza) asks the wolf (Ritchard dressed as granny) to play something on the piano from "when you were a girl-- maybe something by Bach."

Unfortunately the production values are minimal and the videotape from the original ABC broadcast is grainy and washed out. Happily for obscurity lovers, as of this writing it is available in five parts at dailymotion.com/video/xuvlm_4-little-red-ridinghood-xmas_music . The Animals show up in part 2, but don't really get going until their howling song in part 4.


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