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The Pied Piper (1942) DVD

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The Pied Piper (1942)


Irving Pichel


Nunnally Johnson, Nevil Shute (novel)


Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall, Anne Baxter
Monty Woolley plays an irascible Englishman who insists that he dislikes children. While on a vacation in France, the Nazis invade the country. Reluctantly, Woolley agrees to transport several French children into England. As the flight to freedom becomes more treacherous, Woolley grows fonder of his young charges and vows that they'll be kept safe. The group is detained by German officer Otto Preminger, who finally allows Woolley and the children safe passage--provided they take Preminger's niece to England as well. Pied Piper was based on a novel by British author Nevil Shute.

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    Posted by on Feb 27th 2022

    I ordered this film simply because I'm trying to work my way through all the films Oscar Nominated for Acting. In this case, the nominee is Monty Woolley, best known for THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER. In THE PIED PIPER, he is shepherding a number of refugee children out of Nazi occupied France. Things get serious when he comes face to face with Nazi Otto Preminger, and watching these two scene stealers go at it is the main attraction. However, this is also one of the few films of that period to deal specifically with Jews being sent to concentration camps. Highly recommended!

  2. Great Product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 3rd 2020

    This is an excellent quality DVD of a great old movie that I've been trying to find, without success, for many years. I mam very pleased with the DVD, and plan to buy other old classics, which are impossible to get anywhere else, from Zeus.

  3. What is it about World War II films? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Feb 10th 2018

    Englishman John Sydney 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 English children, and as his journey progresses his family keeps growing in size. Once in German-occupied northern France, the risk arises of being heard speaking English.
    This may be one of the best of Nevil Shute's outstanding novels (On the Beach, A Town Like Alice, No Highway in the Sky, etc.), with a screenplay by Nunnally Johnson (The Grapes of Wrath, Three Faces of Eve, The Gunfighter, etc.).
    Some feel the film surpasses the book, owing to Monty Woolley's old Englishman who, fishing in France to recover from the loss of his son in the air war, finds himself stranded in France after Dunkirk. He sets out on a long, arduous odyssey through war-harried France to reach England with a swelling brood of orphaned children on his hands.
    The ordeal’s effect on his character is what makes the film impressive even today after 70 years. It was made at the war’s grimmest period, in 1942, after Pearl Harbor and the fall of Singapore, while the Germans assaulted Moscow and Leningrad. At a time when allied victory was far from likely, much less certain, the film conveys the war’s harsh real¬ism, and the humanity, courage and resolve it demanded of its innocent, noncombatant witnesses. Otto Preminger is Woolley’s match as the German officer, whose grudging, final admission of humanity completes the drama.
    A remake was made for TV in 1989 with Peter O'Toole which also pays credit to a story can only be told well, if indeed it can be found at all.

  4. wartime propaganda film with attractive cast 3 Star Review

    Posted by on May 20th 2015

    THE PIED PIPER is a typical flag-flaunting WWII propaganda film disguised as a fictional escape narrative. With a cast including Peggy Ann Garner, Monty Woolley, Otto Preminger, Anne Baxter, and Roddy McDowall one expects superior acting, at least, but such is not the case here. Predictable WWII drama.

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