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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nevil Shute's original novel was a huge bestseller at the time of its release, as the world grew to accept that it was at war again. See more »

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Quotes

Focquet: I will join de Gaulle.
Howard: De Gaulle? Who's de Gaulle?
Focquet: De Gaulle, monsieur? He is one who was neither a traitor nor a coward. He's the true France.
Howard: I'm afraid I've never heard of him.
Focquet: You will, monsieur.
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I Saw this Movie on ''Dialing for Dollars" years Ago!
27 April 2019 | by gsloringSee all my reviews

I happened to be only 9 yrs old when I saw this movie for the first and only time in 1967 in Novato, CA ....Even I could understand it at that age...The 2 scenes I remember best were when Woolley's character: 1. ...Asked the Nazi officer if they've captured "him yet". The officer asks: "Who?", and Woolley replies firmly: "Hitler". Officer replies back in the negative, then Woolley defiantly but bravely yells back: ''BAHH!", then strides out of the officer's room. 2...Is brought another stray child to his group by someone unknown. A woman in Woolley's group tries to speak to the child to find out more. The child replies in an unknown language. Then the womans exclaims: "That sounds like Dutch!" (The reason I remember this so much is at age 9 I was shocked to see a war scene of an orphaned child speaking a foreign language. Where were the parents?, I thought. They must have been killed...)


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