Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Pied Piper (1942)

Academy Awards, USA 1943

Best Picture
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Monty Woolley
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Edward Cronjager

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Irving Pichel
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

English gentleman Monty Woolley, on vacation in France during WWII, gets caught as the Germans descend on the country. He agrees to help out some friends by escorting their two young children to safety in England. Their journey through occupied territory is anything but safe, however, and he accumulates more children along the way. They eventually reach the coast but are captured by the Germans before they can cross. He makes a deal with the German officer to complete the journey. The child actors can be cloying, and the Germans are little more than stereotypes, but enough momentum in the story to keep it interesting.

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