The Pied Piper of Hamelin


The Pied Piper of Hamelin

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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.

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Van Johnson
as Pied Piper
Claude Rains
as Mayor of Hamelin
Kay Starr
as John's Mother
Jim Backus
as King's Emissary
Stanley Adams
as Second Counselor
Oliver Blake
as Leading Citizen
Doodles Weaver
as First Counselor
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  • Mar 07, 2011
    Super gay in a fun way! I can't take all the flute playing though.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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