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The Pied Piper (1942)

While traveling in France during the Nazi invasion of 1940, an Englishman is entrusted with the care of a group of refugee children.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson, Nevil Shute (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monty Woolley ... John Sidney Howard
Roddy McDowall ... Ronnie Cavanaugh
Anne Baxter ... Nicole Rougeron
Otto Preminger ... Major Diessen
J. Carrol Naish ... Aristide Rougeron
Lester Matthews ... Mr. Cavanaugh
Jill Esmond ... Mrs. Cavanaugh
Ferike Boros ... Madame
Peggy Ann Garner ... Sheila Cavanaugh
Merrill Rodin Merrill Rodin ... Willem
Maurice Tauzin ... Pierre
Fleurette Zama Fleurette Zama ... Rose
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Frenchman
Marcel Dalio ... Focquet
Marcelle Corday ... Madame Bonne
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Storyline

Englishman Mr Howard is on a fishing holiday in eastern France when the Germans invade in 1940. Setting off to try and get back home he is persuaded to take along the two Cavanaugh children, and as his journey progresses his family keeps growing in size. Once in German-occupied northern France a new problem arises - the risk of being heard speaking English. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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It's all heart and thrills! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abandonados See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 16, 1943 with Monty Woolley and Roddy McDowall reprising their film roles. See more »

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Quotes

Howard: I have two small children!
Railroad official: At your age, monsieur, that is undoubtedly magnificent!
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Pleasant Escape
30 June 2003 | by The_RookSee all my reviews

Although not action packed this movie moves along at a good pace with plenty of twist and turns and a good deal of wit. When Howard, played by Monty Woolley, is fishing on his holiday in Eastern France he wants nothing more than peace and quiet. When the Germans invade during World War II, he escapes with two and finally a hodge podge of children, and peace and quiet are the last thing he will get. They must trek to saftey and outwit the Germans. Woolley is perfect as the gruff elderly man than seems likely to have been a strict disciplinarian. The kids will melt anyones heart including his. This movie is a classic and it is hard to believe it isn't even available on VHS let alone DVD.


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