Country:United States, 89 minutes
Genre(s):Fantasy, Family, Musical
The singing, rhyming citizens of Hamelin hope to win a competition with rival towns for royal recognition. To this end, the mayor outlaws play (which is a bit hard on the children) and refuses to help a rival town when it's flooded. But rats (seen only as shadows), fleeing the flood, invade Hamelin in droves; a magical piper, whose music only children (and rats) can hear, strikes a bargain...which, once the rats are gone, the Mayor and council renege on, to their subsequent regret.
Van Johnson (as Pied Piper), Claude Rains (as Mayor of Hamelin), Lori Nelson (as Mara), Stanley Adams (as Second Counselor), Doodles Weaver (as First Counselor)
Aspect ratio: 4:3