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Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (1958)

In Holland, poor but industrious and honorable 15-year-old Hans Brinker and his younger sister yearn to participate in December's great ice skating race on the canal.


Sally Benson, Mary Mapes Dodge (story: Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Florence Anglin Florence Anglin ... Hilda
Dick Button ... Peter Van Gleck
Matt Crowley Matt Crowley ... Old Man
John Fiedler ... Vollenhoven
Frances Gaar Frances Gaar ... Nurse
Martha Greenhouse Martha Greenhouse ... Housekeeper
Luke Halpin ... Boy
Blair Heimbach Blair Heimbach ... Carl
Tab Hunter ... Hans Brinker
Peggy King ... Rychie Van Gleck
Carmen Mathews ... Mevrouw Van Gleck
Jarmila Novotna ... Dame Brinker
Jana Pearce Jana Pearce ... Lucretia (as Jana Pierce)
Basil Rathbone ... Dr. Boekman
Ralph Roberts ... Raff Brinker


In Holland, poor but industrious and honorable 15-year-old Hans Brinker and his younger sister yearn to participate in December's great ice skating race on the canal.

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Family | Musical



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Release Date:

9 February 1958 (USA) See more »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (#7.4) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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The "Hans Brinker and The Silver Skates" musical score and lyrics by Hugh Martin included the following musical numbers: (1) "Ice," performed by Tab Hunter and chorus (1:54 min.); (2) "I'm a Very Lucky Boy," performed by Sheila Smith, Vinny Corrod (2:08 min.); (3) "I Happen to Love You," performed by Peggy King (3:10 min.); (4) "Silver Skates," performed by Irwin Kostal and his Orchestra (4:09 min); (5) "Trinka Brinker," opera star Jamila Novotna (3:06 min.); (6) "Clop, Clop, Clop," performed by Tab Hunter, Peggy King (3:08 min); (7) "The More The Merrier," performed by Tab Hunter and Chorus (1:51 min); (8) "Hello Springtime," performed by Tab Hunter, Peggy King and Chorus (2:15 min); "Ice" (Reprise), performed by the Cast and Chorus (1:30 min). See more »

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Unexpectedly delightful
10 October 2009 | by tentenderSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this in what was touted as its first showing in 51 years (hard to prove that) at the Museum of Broadcasting in New York today (10 October 2009). The credits are impressive -- no expense was spared, evidently, in hiring top professionals from the theater and movies: the "Meet Me in St. Louis" team of Hugh Martin and Sally Benson as writers, conductor Franz ("My Fair Lady") Allers, orchestrator Irwin Kostal (between gigs on "West Side Story" and "Fiorello!"), choreographer John Butler, and director Sidney Lumet. Seeing it the same day as a near-contemporary TV musical effort, "The Bachelor," it was clear that the level of imagination and skill on this project was something quite special. Instead of flat-on "TV" type camera work, "Hans Brinker" camera is elaborately choreographed, including dolly and crane shots, making the most of some pretty spectacular ice choreography. Tab Hunter, as always, is a pleasure to look at (has anyone ever had a more perfect set of features?) and, despite his still-lingering critical reputation, proves himself here (as elsewhere, in "Battle Cry," for example) quite an ardent and affecting actor, not to mention a better than decent singer and -- biggest surprise, perhaps -- an excellent ice skater. Peggy King sings her numbers beautifully, Carmen Mathews (veteran of many a Broadway flop) is a convincing and lively grandmother, and Jarmila Novotna sings like an angel her little lullaby "Trinka Brinker" -- which, I know, sounds hokey, but is one of Martin's classically beautiful, highly chromatic melodies. Of course the only relic of the visual production is a kinescope (interspersed with charmingly dated Hallmark Valentine's Day card ads) -- in black and white. (Apparently kinescopes were made solely for copyright purposes, since no one seems to have ever considered that making color films of color shows might be worth the trouble for future viewers. It was expected there wouldn't be any -- and of course that's very nearly true.) This is worth seeking out. It would be nice to have it on DVD, but of course I'm dreaming. (A cast album was released -- it's pretty rare now, and has never been released on CD, to my knowledge -- by Dot Records, then heart-throb singing star Hunter's label.)

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