Reason of the public domain status: Never registered with the Library of Congress.
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... (from IMDb)
Production Company: DuMont Television Network
Date Release: 1957
Audio & Video: Mono - Color
Cast: Van Johnson/Pied Piper - Claude Rains/Mayor of Hamelin - Lori Nelson/Mara
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