Cast & Crew
In 12th-century Bavaria, the town of Hamelin is overrun with rats. The Pied Piper offers to rid the town of the rats for 50,000 guilders. The schoolteacher Trusson, who is a near-double for the Piper, supports the Piper's offer. The avaricious mayor and council come to terms with the Pied Piper, but they refuse to pay him after he has led the rats into the river, preferring instead to buy gold chimes for the church. The Piper retaliates by leading all the children of Hamelin into an impregnable mountain retreat. The mothers of Hamelin force the mayor to resign; Trusson takes over the office and pays for the release of the children; and the money is given to the poor.
The film, which had a theatrical release in 1961, was first shown as an NBC-TV special, which aired on November 26, 1957. For information on other film versions of the Pied Piper story, please consult the entry above for the 1972 release The Pied Piper.