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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm
is a 1962 American film directed by Henry Levin and George Pal. The latter was the producer and also in charge of the stop motion animation. The film was one of the highest-grossing films of 1962. It won one Oscar and was nominated for three additional Academy Awards. Several prominent actors — including Laurence Harvey, Karlheinz Böhm, Jim Backus, Barbara Eden, and Buddy Hackett
Buddy Hackett
— are in the film. It was filmed in the Cinerama
process, which was photographed in an arc with three lenses, on a camera that produced three strips of film. Three projectors, in the back and sides of the theatre, produced a panoramic image on a screen that curved 146 degrees around the front of the audience.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production

3.1 Development 3.2 Cinerama 3.3 Shooting

4 Reception

4.1 Box office performance 4.2 Accolades

5 Comic book adaption 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Plot[edit] The story focuses on the Grimm brothers, Wilhelm (Laurence Harvey) and Jacob (Karlheinz Böhm), and is biographical and fantastical at the same time. They are working to finish a history for a local Duke (Oscar Homolka), though Wilhelm is more interested in collecting fairy tales and often spends their money to hear them from locals. Tales such as "The Dancing Princess" and "The Cobbler and the Elves" are integrated into the main plot. One of the tales is told as an experiment to three children in a book store to see if publishing a collection of fairytales has any merit. Another tale, "The Singing Bone", is told by an old woman (Martita Hunt) in the forest who tells stories to children, while the uninvited Wilhelm secretly listens through an open window. The culmination of this tale involves a jeweled dragon and features the most involved usage of the film's special effects. Wilhelm loses the manuscript of the Duke's family history while writing down this third story - he is supposed to be collecting additional information for the family history - and the brothers cannot meet their deadline. They are required to pay their rent, which was waived while they worked. As a result of wading through a stream in an effort to retrieve the manuscript (which fell into the water after his briefcase broke open), Wilhelm becomes critically ill with potentially fatal pneumonia. He dreams that at night various fairytale characters come to him, begging him to name them before he dies. In the dream, Russ Tamblyn
Russ Tamblyn
reprises his role as Tom Thumb from the 1958 film. Wilhelm's fever breaks, and he recovers completely, continuing his own work while his brother publishes regular books, including a history of German grammar and a book on law. Jacob, shaken by his brother's experience, begins to collaborate on the fairy tales with Wilhelm. They are ultimately invited to receive honorary membership at the Berlin Royal Academy, which makes no mention of the tales in their invitation. Jacob prepares to make a speech deliberately insulting the Academy for snubbing Wilhelm. As their train pulls into the station, hordes of children arrive, chanting, "We want a story!" Wilhelm begins, "Once upon a time, there were two brothers." The children cheer, and the film ends with a caption card that reads "…and they lived happily ever after." Cast[edit]

Laurence Harvey
Laurence Harvey
- Wilhelm Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
/ The Cobbler ("The Cobbler and the Elves") Karlheinz Böhm
Karlheinz Böhm
- Jacob Grimm
Jacob Grimm
(as Karl Boehm) Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
- Dorothea Grimm Walter Slezak
Walter Slezak
- Stossel Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden
- Greta Heinrich Oskar Homolka
Oskar Homolka
- The Duke (as Oscar Homolka) Martita Hunt - Anna Richter (Story Teller) Betty Garde
Betty Garde
- Miss Bettenhausen Bryan Russell - Friedrich Grimm Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
- Gruber Walter Rilla - Priest Yvette Mimieux
Yvette Mimieux
- The Princess ("The Dancing Princess") Russ Tamblyn
Russ Tamblyn
- The Woodsman ("The Dancing Princess")/ Tom Thumb (in Wilhelm's Dream) Jim Backus
Jim Backus
- The King ("The Dancing Princess") Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
- The Gypsy ("The Dancing Princess") Terry-Thomas
- Sir Ludwig ("The Singing Bone") Buddy Hackett
Buddy Hackett
- Hans ("The Singing Bone") Otto Kruger
Otto Kruger
- The King at Ludwig's Trial ("The Singing Bone") Arnold Stang
Arnold Stang
- Rumplestiltskin (in Wilhelm's dream) Hal Smith, Mel Blanc, Pinto Colvig, and Dal McKennon Voicing The Puppetoons - The Elves ("The Cobbler and the Elves") Peter Whitney - The Giant (uncredited) Tammy Marihugh - Pauline Grimm Cheerio Meredith - Mrs. Von Dittersdorf

Production[edit] Development[edit] In the mid 1950s George Pal
George Pal
left Paramount, where he had worked for a number of years. In 1956 he announced the formation of his own company, Galaxy Pictures, saying he would make six films, including an adaptation of The Time Machine
The Time Machine
written by David Duncan; Captain Cook, based on the novel Lost Eden; a film about Atlantis; and The Brothers Grimm based on a script by David Harmon based on a biography of the brothers by Dr Hermann Gerstner.[3] Pal ended up signing an agreement with MGM
to finance Galaxy's slate, the first film produced being tom thumb. In 1957 Pal announce he wanted Grimm to follow tom thumb with Alan Young and Eddie Bracken
Eddie Bracken
in the leading roles.[4] Pal ended up making The Time Machine
The Time Machine
instead.[5] Pal announced that key roles would be played by Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young and Yvette Mimieux.[6] Pal then delayed the film again, so he could make Atlantis.[7] Pal wanted to cast Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
and Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
as the brothers but was over-ruled by the studio who wanted Laurence Harvey
Laurence Harvey
and Karl Boehm.[8] Cinerama[edit] The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm
was produced and exhibited in the original 3-panel Cinerama
widescreen process. It was the first Cinerama
feature that attempted to tell a cohesive story, unlike previous productions, which had all been travelogues. It was followed a few months later by a second such film, How the West Was Won, after which single-lens Cinerama
was used for narrative films.[9] George Pal
George Pal
said three fairytales were chosen which would look good in Cinerama. He also wanted to use lesser known fairytales so the audience did not know how they ended: The Dancing Princess, The Cobbler and the Elves and The Singing Bone.[10] Shooting[edit] Filming took place on location in Bavaria.[11] Reception[edit] Box office performance[edit] By September 1962 the film had been seen by a million people, 60% of them adults.[12] The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm
grossed $8,920,615 at the box office,[2] earning $6.5 million in US theatrical rentals.[13] It was the 14th highest-grossing film of 1962. Accolades[edit] The film won an Academy Award
Academy Award
and was nominated for three more:[14]


Best Costume Design, Color - Mary Wills


Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color - George Davis, Edward Carfagno, Henry Grace, Dick Pefferle (Lost to John Box, John Stoll, and Dario Simoni for Lawrence of Arabia) Best Cinematography, Color - Paul C. Vogel (Lost to Freddie Young for Lawrence of Arabia) Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment - Leigh Harline (Lost to Ray Heindorf for The Music Man)

Comic book adaption[edit]

Gold Key: The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm
(October 1962)[15]

See also[edit]

List of American films of 1962 The Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm
(2005) List of stop-motion films


^ Sheldon Hall, Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History Wayne State University Press, 2010 p 164 ^ a b Box Office Information for The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013. ^ GEORGE PAL FORMS OWN MOVIE GROUP: Former Paramount Producer Will Make 'Time Machine' as First of Six Films By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]16 Mar 1956: 19. ^ Simon Bolivar Epic Shaping: Young, Bracken May Be Grimm; David Niven as Leslie Howard? Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]20 Nov 1957: B11. ^ WHEELS TURN IN HOLLYWOOD: Columbia, Mirisch Brothers and George Pal Prepare To Launch Impressive Movie Production Schedules By THOMAS M. PRYOR HOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]04 May 1958: X7. ^ Entertainment: 'Brothers Grimm' Will Star Tamblyn Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]06 Aug 1959: B8. ^ New Unit Plans Comedy -- Pal Chart -- Addenda By HOWARD THOMPSON. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]21 Aug 1960: X7. ^ "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm". Turner Classic Movies.  ^ Broader Uses for the Broadest Screen: Hollywood Letter By John C. Waugh. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file); Boston, Mass. [Boston, Mass]09 May 1961: 4. ^ GRIMM ELVES ESCAPE FIRE; CREATORS TO 'LIVE' IN FILM Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]26 Nov 1961: A3. ^ George Pal
George Pal
to Use Bavarian Palaces: They'll Be Sets for 'Grimm'; Peppard Will Tour the East Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]11 Sep 1961: C10. ^ ADULTS OUTNUMBER KIDS SEEING 'GRIMM' Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]22 Sep 1962: C7. ^ "Top Rental Films of 1963". Variety, 8 January 1964, pg 37. ^ "NY Times: The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-25.  ^ "Gold Key: The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm". Grand Comics Database. 

External links[edit]

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
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on IMDb The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
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at the TCM Movie Database The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
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at AllMovie The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
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at Rotten Tomatoes John Mitchell interview

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Films directed by Henry Levin

Cry of the Werewolf
Cry of the Werewolf
(1944) Sergeant Mike
Sergeant Mike
(1944) Dancing in Manhattan (1944) I Love a Mystery (1945) The Fighting Guardsman (1945) Night Editor
Night Editor
(1946) The Devil's Mask (1946) The Unknown (1946) The Return of Monte Cristo (1946) The Corpse Came C.O.D.
The Corpse Came C.O.D.
(1947) The Guilt of Janet Ames
The Guilt of Janet Ames
(1947) The Mating of Millie (1948) The Gallant Blade (1948) The Man from Colorado
The Man from Colorado
(1948) Mr. Soft Touch (1949) Jolson Sings Again
Jolson Sings Again
(1949) And Baby Makes Three (1949) The Petty Girl
The Petty Girl
(1950) Convicted (1950) The Flying Missile (1950) Two of a Kind (1951) The Family Secret (1951) Belles on Their Toes (1952) The President's Lady
The President's Lady
(1953) The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953) The Gambler from Natchez
The Gambler from Natchez
(1954) The Dark Avenger
The Dark Avenger
(1955) Let's Be Happy (1957) Bernardine (1957) The Lonely Man
The Lonely Man
(1957) April Love (1957) A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed
A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed
(1958) Holiday for Lovers (1959) Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) Where the Boys Are
Where the Boys Are
(1960) The Wonders of Aladdin
The Wonders of Aladdin
(1961) The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm
(1962) Come Fly with Me (1963) Honeymoon Hotel (1964) Genghis Khan (1965) Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die
(1966) Murderers' Row (1966) The Ambushers (1967) The Desperados
The Desperados
(1969) That Man Bolt
That Man Bolt
(1973) Run for the Roses (1977) The Treasure Seekers (1979) Scout's Honor (1980)

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Charles Beaumont

Short story collections

The Hunger and Other Stories
The Hunger and Other Stories
(1957) Yonder (1958) Night Ride and Other Journeys
Night Ride and Other Journeys


"Perchance to Dream" "Elegy" "Long Live Walter Jameson" "A Nice Place to Visit" "The Howling Man" "Static" "The Prime Mover" "Long Distance Call" "Shadow Play" "The Jungle" "Dead Man's Shoes" "The Fugitive" "Person or Persons Unknown" "In His Image" "Valley of the Shadow" "Miniature" "Printer's Devil" "The New Exhibit" "Passage on the Lady Anne" "Living Doll" "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" "Queen of the Nile"


Queen of Outer Space
Queen of Outer Space
(1958) Night of the Eagle
Night of the Eagle
(1962) Premature Burial (1962) The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm
(1962) The Intruder (1962) The Haunted Palace (1963) 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) The Masque of the Red Death (1964) Brain Dead (1990)

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Films directed by George Pal

Philips Cavalcade Tulips Shall Grow Jasper and the Haunted House Jasper Goes Hunting Jasper in a Jam John Henry and the Inky-Poo Tubby the Tuba Tom Thumb The Time Machine Atlantis, the Lost Continent The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 7 Faces of Dr. Lao

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The Brothers Grimm

Key articles

Jacob Grimm Wilhelm Grimm Grimms' Fairy Tales Deutsche Sagen Deutsche Mythologie

Notable tales

"The Frog Prince" "Cat and Mouse in Partnership" "Mary's Child" "The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was" "The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats" "Trusty John" "The Wonderful Musician" "The Twelve Brothers" "Brother and Sister" "Rapunzel" "The Three Little Men in the Wood" "The Three Spinners" "Hansel and Gretel" The White Snake "The Fisherman and His Wife" "The Brave Little Tailor" "Cinderella" "The Riddle" "Little Red Riding Hood" "Town Musicians of Bremen" "Snow White" Rumpelstiltskin "Sleeping Beauty"


Grimm's law Göttingen Seven Grim Tales The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics The Brothers Grimm Grimm Tales The Sisters Grimm Fairy tale American McGee's Grimm German Fairy Tale Route Grimm Once Upon a Time

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This Is Cinerama (1952) Cinerama
Holiday (1955) Seven Wonders of the World (1956) Search for Paradise (1957) South Seas Adventure (1958) Windjammer (1958) The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) Holiday in Spain (1962) How the West Was Won (1962) The Best of Cinerama (1963) Cinerama's Russian Adventure (1966)

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) Circus World (1964) Mediterranean Holiday (1964) The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) The Hallelujah Trail (1965) Battle of the Bulge (1965) Khartoum (1966) Grand Prix (1966) Custer of the West (1967) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Ice Station Zebra (1968) Krakatoa, East of Java (1969) Song of Norway (1970) The Great Waltz (1972)


To the Moon and Beyond (1964)


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