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Tom Thumb (1958)

A boy, no bigger than a thumb, manages to outwit two thieves determined to make a fortune from him.

Director:

George Pal

Writers:

Ladislas Fodor (screenplay), Jacob Grimm (based on a story from the pen of) (as the Brothers Grimm) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Russ Tamblyn ... Tom Thumb
Alan Young ... The Lover: Woody
June Thorburn ... The Lover: Forest Queen
Terry-Thomas ... The Villain: Ivan
Peter Sellers ... The Villain: Antony
Bernard Miles ... The Parent: Jonathan
Jessie Matthews ... The Parent: Anne
Ian Wallace Ian Wallace ... The Cobbler
Peter Butterworth ... Kapellmeister
Peter Bull ... Town Crier
Stan Freberg ... Yawning Man (voice)
Dal McKennon ... Con-Fu-Shon (voice)
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Storyline

In a mythical land, woodcutter Jonathan agrees not to chop down the oldest tree in the forest in return for three wishes granted by the Forest Queen. After he wastes two wishes bickering with his wife, the third brings them Tom, a thumb-sized child. The couple dote upon him, but are unable to protect him when, on his way to the village, the innocent Tom falls in with villainous Ivan and Tony. Written by Jwelch5742

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Trivia

The head of MGM's British operations was so impressed that George Pal brought this film in under budget that he suggested that Pal submit a script for his favorite unproduced project. Pal chose The Time Machine (1960) See more »

Goofs

Given the density of gold, Tom would be unable to pick up coins so easily. See more »

Quotes

Ivan: There are two crooks here - and both of them are you!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: "Tom Thumb" is a trade - mark See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Are You a Dream
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Peggy Lee
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a round of applause for TOM THUMB
13 January 2009 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Made 52 years ago and still enchanting, this MGM musical and puppetoon version of TOM THUMB is still a valid solid family delight. Told in a very European storybook manner, rather like the illustrations from a Little Golden Book, TOM THUMB unfolds into a spectacular special effects laden thrill... and no CGI all marvelous sets and over-sized art direction with amazing stop frame animation and puppet movements. It actually became more interesting for the astonishing and clever ideas edited together to make the story work. In 2009 this version might at first seem a bit too juvenile for today's kids but the simple ideas presented as a pantomime with sheer brilliance of on screen mastery and some hilarious acting by Terry Thomas Peter Sellers and Russ Tamblyn made me in middle age realize that once the lights go down and a genuinely well made film begins, it works for any person of any age. The two 8 year olds with me who are saturated with Harry Potter and Star Wars simply loved TOM THUMB and like kids of any year gone, laughed along with the beauty and wit on screen. It must have had a big budget because what I saw in scene after scene was a beautifully constructed lavish fantasy with completely convincing special effects.. made of cardboard and film. TOM THUMB still works !! What a delight. This version did not have a gollywog dance wither so it might have been the shorter version still clocking in at about 92 minutes. I saw the Gollywog but he was lying down by the time he appeared. I saw a new 35mm print in a cinema in Sydney on Jan 13, 2009. The color was rich and a bit dark and the grain obvious, but it was so clever and funny I forgot any film laboratory hardness.


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 March 1959 (West Germany) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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