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A Children's Movie Of The 1950s Prophecizes The Youth Rebellion Of The 1960s! The First Full Length Made-For-TV Feature Film Starring Van Johnson, Claude Rains And Jim Backus! All Spoken In Rhyme!
In this liberal retelling of the Pied Piper story, it is important to note that the action is focused upon a historical pattern that was to unfold a mere ten years after the youngsters this film was aimed at saw it. A freaky fellow leads the town's children astray with musics their parents can neither hear nor understand. He spirits them out from under the control of parents and state and places blame for the act upon the corrupt town fathers for having refused to "pay the piper" an honest wage. Soon the common townsfolk come to lay blame on their leaders for having mishandled their affairs so as to put their children beyond their command. That this made-for-tv film retells this medieval legend in just such a particular manner in 1957 makes the question of to what purpose such changes were made to this story in light of the events of 1967 a very interesting one (Color, 1:25).
Hal Stanley, Irving Taylor
Van Johnson .... The Pied Piper / Truson
Claude Rains .... Mayor of Hamelin
Lori Nelson .... Mara
Jim Backus .... The King's Emissary
Kay Starr .... John's Mother
Doodles Weaver .... First Counselor
Stanley Adams .... Second Counselor
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