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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, With All The Actor's Lines Spoken In Rhyme! A Unique Moment In Television And Popular History, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Color, 1957, 1 Hour 25 Minutes.)
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In this broad 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
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
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (German: Rattenfanger von Hameln, also known as the Pan Piper or the Rat-Catcher of Hamelin) is the titular character of a legend from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Lower Saxony, Germany. The legend dates back to the Middle Ages, the earliest references describing a piper, dressed in multicolored ("pied") clothing, who was a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay for this service as promised, he retaliates by using his instrument's magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats. This version of the story spread as folklore and has appeared in the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, and Robert Browning, among others. There are many contradictory theories about the Pied Piper. Some suggest he was a symbol of hope to the people of Hamelin, which had been attacked by plague; he drove the rats from Hamelin, saving the people from the epidemic. The earliest known record of this story is from the town of Hamelin itself, depicted in a stained glass window created for the church of Hamelin, which dates to around 1300. Although the church was destroyed in 1660, several written accounts of the tale have survived.
July 20, 1977: Project MKUltra (MK-Ultra): The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind-control experiments. Project MKUltra, also called the CIA mind control program, is the code name given to a program of experiments on human subjects that were designed and undertaken by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, some of which were illegal. Experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations in order to weaken the individual and force confessions through mind control. The project was organized through the Office of Scientific Intelligence of the CIA and coordinated with the United States Army Biological Warfare Laboratories. Code names for drug-related experiments were Project Bluebird and Project Artichoke. The operation was officially sanctioned in 1953, reduced in scope in 1964 and further curtailed in 1967. It was officially halted in 1973. The program engaged in many illegal activities, including the use of U.S. and Canadian citizens as its unwitting test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy. MKUltra used numerous methods to manipulate its subjects' mental states and brain functions. Techniques included the covert administration of high doses of psychoactive drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, electroshocks, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as other forms of torture. Documented subjects of MKUltra were Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, who volunteered for MKUltra experiments involving LSD and other psychedelic drugs at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Menlo Park while he was a student at nearby Stanford University; Kesey's experiences while under the influence of LSD inspired him to promote the drug outside the context of the MKUltra experiments, which influenced the early development of hippie culture; Robert Hunter American lyricist, singer-songwriter, translator, and poet, best known for his association with Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, who along with Ken Kesey was an early volunteer MKUltra test subject at Stanford University, and was paid to take LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline, then to report on their experiences, which were Hunter claimed creatively formative; and Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, who alleged he had been subjected to weekly injections of LSD and subsequent testing while in prison at United States Penitentiary, Atlanta (USP Atlanta) in 1957. The scope of Project MKUltra was broad, with research undertaken at more than 80 institutions, including colleges and universities, hospitals, prisons, and pharmaceutical companies. The CIA operated using front organizations, although sometimes top officials at these institutions were aware of the CIA's involvement. Project MKUltra was first brought to public attention in 1975 by the Church Committee of the United States Congress and Gerald Ford's United States President's Commission on CIA activities within the United States (also known as the Rockefeller Commission). Investigative efforts were hampered by CIA Director Richard Helms' order that all MKUltra files be destroyed in 1973; the Church Committee and Rockefeller Commission investigations relied on the sworn testimony of direct participants and on the relatively small number of documents that survived Helms's destruction order. In 1977, a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered a cache of 20,000 documents relating to project MKUltra which led to Senate hearings later that year. Some surviving information regarding MKUltra was declassified in July 2001. In December 2018, declassified documents included a letter to an unidentified doctor discussing work on six dogs made to run, turn and stop via remote control and brain implants. It has been alleged that The Pied Piper Of Hamelin (1957), the first full-length made-for-tv feature film starring Van Johnson, Claude Rains and Jim Backus, is in part a ML-Ultra project. In its retelling of the Pied Piper story, 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. In it, the Pied Piper 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.