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Peter Pan (1960)

In this magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling.

Director:

Vincent J. Donehue

Writers:

Jerome Robbins (adaptation), J.M. Barrie (based on the play by) (as Sir James M. Barrie)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Martin ... Peter Pan
Cyril Ritchard ... Mr. Darling / Captain Hook
Lynn Fontanne ... Narrator
Maureen Bailey Maureen Bailey ... Wendy / Jane
Margalo Gillmore ... Mrs. Darling
Sondra Lee ... Tiger Lily
Joe E. Marks Joe E. Marks ... Smee
Norman Shelly Norman Shelly ... Nana / Crocodile
Joey Trent Joey Trent ... John
Kent Fletcher ... Michael
Jacqueline Mayro Jacqueline Mayro ... Liza
Edmund Gaynes Edmund Gaynes ... Slightly
Bill Snowden Bill Snowden ... Curly
Carson Woods Carson Woods ... Nibs
Benedict Herrman Benedict Herrman ... First Twin (as Brad Herrman)
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Storyline

In this magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling. With a sprinkling of pixie dust, Peter and his new friends fly out the nursery window and over London to Never-Never Land. The children experience many wonderful and exciting adventures with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily's Indian tribe, and Peter's arch enemy, the dastardly pirate Captain Hook. Written by David Mullich <dmullich@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Pan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" by J.M. Barrie opened at the Empire Theater on November 6, 1905, ran for 223 performances, closed on May 20, 1906 and starred stage actress Maude Adams, who died in her eighties in 1953, never made a film, and is not to be confused with the Maud Adams who appeared in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983). See more »

Goofs

Live theatre productions have different rules than cinema, regarding suspension of disbelief. Most examples of crew or equipment visible, and related imperfect illusions, are not goofs in this genre. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Some say that as we grow up, we become different people at different ages, but I don't believe this. I think we remain the same throughout, merely passing in these years from one room, to another, but always in the same house. If we unlock the rooms of the far past, we can look in and see ourselves beginning to become you and me.
WendyJohn: [dressed up like their parents and dancing] One-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three.
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Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Hour (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Ugg-a-Wugg
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Sung by Mary Martin, Sondra Lee, Maureen Bailey,Joey Trent, Kent Fletcher, Lost Boys, and Indians
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A timeless classic, worthy of note by someone other than cheeseboy.
13 May 2004 | by bleached_edenSee all my reviews

In my opinion, this film should not be missed by any child, adolescent, or adult who likes music and loved J.M. Barrie's masterpiece novel. Unlike the animated Disney film made seven years earlier (also a classic musical), this film follows the original story more closely, as adapted by Jerome Robbins for the stage. The music is beautiful, catchy, and fun. Peter Pan is portrayed by a woman because any male old enough to play the role would have gone through puberty -- thus no longer looking or sounding like a 10 year old. In this day of shows about cross dressing and sexuality bending, is it really such a stretch to believe that a woman in costume is a little boy?

Of course its special effects are lacking in quality: it was filmed in 1960, before the innovation of Lucasfilm, and is not just a movie, but a filming of an actual stageplay. This is the reason for the "poor" special effects. Sorry, videogame generation, there's no CGI, so you'll have to leave something to your imagination...if you still have some.


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