The Pied Piper of Hamelin (November 26, 1957)

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin
 

Released November 26, 1957:Van Johnson and Claude Rains star in the classic legend of the Pied Piper taking all of the children of the German village of Hamelin.

Produced by Hal Stanley

Directed by Bertaigne Windust

The Actors: Van Johnson (Pied Piper), Claude Rains (Mayor of Hamelin), Lori Nelson (Mara), Jim Backus (the King's emissary), Kay Starr (John's Mother), Stanley Adams (the second counselor), Oliver Blake (leading citizen), Rene Kroper (Paul), Carl Benton Reid (the Mayor of Hamelout), Amzie Strickland (leading townswoman), Doodles Weaver (first counselor)

 

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The Rats of Hamelin and the Magic of Music

Truth or Fiction? In the year 1300 the lower Saxony German village of Hamelin (Hameln) had a church with a stained glass window telling the story of the Pied Piper. That is true. What is not known is whether the story told on that stained glass church window is true or fable.

The town of Hamelin has been invaded by giant rats, and the mayor must find a way to get the rats out of town. A man dressed in pied clothing (multi-colored clothing) claims he can play a magical tune on a pan-flute that will cause all of the rats to leave the town of Hamelin. A price for his service is agreed on and the pied piper escorts all of the rats out of town with a magical tune that the children of Hamelin cannot hear. Only the adults and the rats can hear this magical tune.

After leading all of the rats out of town, the magical man tells the mayor that it is time to pay the piper. The mayor believes that he is much cleverer than the piper so he conspires to keep from paying the piper any money for his services. In revenge, the magical piper plays a tune on his pan-flute that none can hear . . . Except the children . . . Who happily follow the piper out of town and are never seen again.

This television version embellishes on the bare tale with a love interest between Hollywood heart-throb Van Johnson and Lori Nelson. Blues singing sensation Kay Starr sings a mourning song at the loss of her young son Johnny.  Go to Kay Starr at Jimbo Music —» to hear more of Ms. Starr's amazing voice. Grab the kids, pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Amzie Strickland and Kay Starr
Amzie Strickland and Kay Starr
Carl Benton Reid
Carl Benton Reid
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Doodles Weaver, Claude Rains and Stanley Adams
Doodles Weaver, Claude Rains and Stanley Adams
Doodles Weaver, Claude Rains and Stanley Adams
Doodles Weaver, Claude Rains and Stanley Adams
Jim Backus
Jim Backus
Kay Starr
Kay Starr
Kay Starr
Kay Starr
Lori Nelson
Lori Nelson
Lori Nelson
Lori Nelson
Rene Kroper
Rene Kroper
Stanley Adams and Claude Rains
Stanley Adams and Claude Rains
Van Johnson
Van Johnson
Van Johnson and Lori Nelson
Van Johnson and Lori Nelson
Van Johnson
Van Johnson