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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

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This collection of time honored and beloved children's stories comes to life with the help of special effects. The fictionalized accounts of the lives of Wilhelm Grimm (Lawrence Harvey) and brother Jacob (Karl Boehm).The brothers are requested to write the history of a local duke and his noble family. The imaginative brothers are probed to telling their own collection of fables. In "The Dancing Princess" the King (Jim Backus) wonders why his daughter (Yvette Mimieux) wears out her slippers every day. He offers his daughter's hand in marriage to the man who can solve the mystery. Woodsman (Russ Tamblyn) follows her at night to the camp of dancing gypsies, where the princess dances the night away. The princess and the woodsman dance together and fall in love, and the benevolent King gives his blessing to their impending marriage. In "The Cobbler And The Elves" the cobbler (Lawrence Harvey) falls behind in his shoe repair business when he carves wooden elves for needy children. One night, the elves magically come to life and help the kindly cobbler by completing the unfinished work he has neglected by helping bring happiness to the children with his original toys. Part three is "The Singing Bone." Ludwig (Terry-Thomas) is a conniving knight who takes credit for slaying a dragon. Hans (Buddy Hackett) is the real dragon slayer, but he is killed by Ludwig to silence him. One of Han's bones comes to life as a singing instrument and tells the truth about the dragon. Hans is brought back to life for his honesty, and Ludwig becomes his servant as Hans becomes a noble knight. In between the fables, the duke pressures the brothers Grimm for the finished product on his family's history. The duke fires the brothers, and a disheartened Wilhelm becomes sick and nearly dies. His fairy tale characters come to life one night to tell Wilhelm he must pull through so their stories can be told to children all over the world. This film is delightfully entertaining for children of all ages.

Cast

Laurence Harvey
as Wilhelm Grimm/The Cobbler
Claire Bloom
as Dorothea Grimm
Karlheinz Böhm
as Jacob Grimm
Barbara Eden
as Greta Heinrich
Oscar Homolka
as The Duke
Arnold Stang
as Rumpelstiltskin
Martita Hunt
as Story Teller
Betty Garde
as Miss Bettenhausen
Bryan Russell
as Friedrich Grimm
Ian Wolfe
as Gruber
Tammy Marihugh
as Pauline Grimm
Cheerio Meredith
as Mrs. Von Dittersdorf
Yvette Mimieux
as The Princess
Russ Tamblyn
as The Woodsman
Jim Backus
as The King
Beulah Bondi
as The Gypsy
Clinton Sundberg
as The Prime Minister
Walter Brooke
as The Mayor
Sandra Gale Bettin
as The Ballerina
Robert Foulk
as The Hunter
Otto Kruger
as The King
Robert Crawford Jr.
as The Shepherd
Sydney Smith
as The Spokesman
Peter Whitney
as The Giant
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Critic Reviews for The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

All Critics (3)

Fanciful biography of the early 19th century German fairy-tale collectors.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cinerama-big & star packed...but draggy.

January 3, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

64/100. Way overlong but it certainly is creative and imaginative. Impressive special effects, perhaps not by today's standards but it must have been enthralling in 1962. It is entertaining and good for the whole family, although I can't see a lot of kids being able to sit through over two hours of this. The production is impressive. It won the Oscar for best costume design and was nominated for art direction, score and cinematography, all of which were quite good. It is divided into four segments. The Puppetoons are particularly enjoyable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

64/100. Way overlong but it certainly is creative and imaginative. Impressive special effects, perhaps not by today's standards but it must have been enthralling in 1962. It is entertaining and good for the whole family, although I can't see a lot of kids being able to sit through over two hours of this. The production is impressive. It won the Oscar for best costume design and was nominated for art direction, score and cinematography, all of which were quite good. It is divided into four segments. The Puppetoons are particularly enjoyable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

A wonderful combination of musical, biography, and dark fairy tales. This was originally shot for Cinerama where the audience was facing three screens, it may look a little odd unless they've updated the picture from the one I have on LaserDisc.

Michael Charboneau
Michael Charboneau

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