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The Pied Piper of Hamelin Details

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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, has remained in TV syndication into the 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

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

Crew

Bretaigne Windust
Director
Irving Taylor
Screenwriter
Floyd Knudtson
Editor
Arthur Lonergan
Production Designer
Maurice Vaccarino
First Assistant Director
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