The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Van Johnson
Director: Bretaigne Windust Cast: Van Johnson
Van Johnson
, Claude Rains
Claude Rains
, Lori Nelson
Lori Nelson
Bretaigne Windust


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The Pied Piper of Hamelin was originally filmed as a television special, then released theatrically outside the United States. The story is the familiar one: the town of Hamelin, plagued by rats, hires a mysterious piper (Van Johnson) to rid the town of rodents. The piper does so, on the promise that he'll be paid a handsome fee. But the duplicitous burgomeister (Claude Rains), on the advice of his Laurel-and-Hardy council (Doodles Weaver and Stanley Adams), reneges on his promise. In revenge, the piper lures all of Hamelin's children off to parts unknown. In a departure from the original, there's a happy ending this time. Most of the dialogue is spoken in rhyme (quite amusingly by Rains), while the songs are adaptations of Edvard Grieg tunes. In the musical department, Kay Starr comes off best as the grieving mother of one of the missing kids. Because it was filmed in color, The Pied Piper of Hamelin has remained in TV syndication into the 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2016
UPC: 0874757063393
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: American Pop Classic
Time: 1:27:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Johnson Pied Piper/Truson
Claude Rains Mayor of Hamelin
Lori Nelson Maria
Jim Backus King's Emissary
Kay Starr John's Mother
Stanley Adams Second Counselor
Doodles Weaver First Counselor
Oliver Blake Leading Citizen

Technical Credits
Bretaigne Windust Director
G.W. Berntsen Set Decoration/Design
Irving A. Block Special Effects
Norman A. Cerf Editor
Louis de Witt Special Effects
Ward Ellis Choreography
Floyd Knudtson Editor
Arthur Lonergan Production Designer
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
William Snyder Cinematographer
Irving Taylor Screenwriter
Maurice Vaccarino Asst. Director

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