The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

35mm film, Metrocolor, 2.35:1, Cinerama
mono (Westrex Recording System and RCA Sound System), Cinerama 7-Track (Westrex Recording System and RCA Sound System), English

An American fantasy film directed by Henry Levin.

Plot Summary

The Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm and Jacob, are commissioned to write a family history for a local Duke and three of their stories are dramatized.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Henry Levin
Fairy Tales Directed by: George Pal
© MCMLXII [1962] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc, Cinerama Inc and Gallen Films S.A.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Cinerama present a George Pal production
Produced by: George Pal *
Screen Play by: David P. Harmon, Charles Beaumont, William Roberts
Screen Story by: David P. Harmon
Based on ‘Die Brüder Grimm' by: Dr Hermann Gerstner
Director of Photography: Paul C. Vogel
Film Editor: Walter Thompson
Music Score by: Leigh Harline
Words and Music by: Bob Merrill
Recording Supervisor: Franklin Milton
Costumes by: Mary Wills
Make-Up Created by: William Tuttle
Hair Styles by: Sydney Guilaroff
Special Visual Effects: Gene Warren, Wah Chang, Tim Barr, Robert R. Hoag
Art Direction: George W. Davis, Edward Carfagno
Choreography by: Alex Romero

Laurence Harvey (Wilhelm Grimm) The Book
Karl Boehm (Jacob Grimm) The Book
Claire Bloom (Dorothea Grimm) The Book
Walter Slezak (Stossel) The Book
Barbara Eden (Greta Heinrich) The Book
Oscar Homolka (The Duke) The Book
Arnold Stang (Rumpelstiltskin) The Book
Martita Hunt (Anna Richter) The Book
Betty Garde (Miss Bettenhausen) The Book
Bryan Russell (Friedrich Grimm) The Book
Ian Wolfe (Gruber) The Book
Tammy Marihugh (Pauline Grimm) The Book
Cheerio Meredith (Mrs von Dittersdorf) The Book
Walter Rilla (the priest) The Book
The townspeople of Rothenburg, Dinkelsbüld and Rhine River Valley
The Regensburg Domspatren Choir

The Dancing Princess
Yvette Mimieux (the princess)
Russ Tamblyn (the woodsman)
Jim Backus (the king)
Beulah Bondi (the gypsy)
Clinton Sundberg (the prime minister)

The Cobbler and the Elves
Laurence Harvey (the cobbler)
The Puppetoons (the elves)
Walter Brooks (the mayor)
Sandra Gale Bettin (the ballerina)
Robert Foulk (the hunter)

The Singing Bone
Terry-Thomas (Ludwig)
Buddy Hackett (Hans)
Otto Kruger (the king)
Robert Crawford Jr (the shepherd)
Sydney Smith (the spokesman)

Alternative Titles

Les amours enchantées – France
Avventura nella fantasia – Italy
Bröderna Grimms underbara värld – Sweden
Brødrene Grimms vidunderlige verden – Denmark
Cudezni svet bratov Grimm – Slovenia
Grimm Kardeşlerin Harika Dünyası – Turkey
Grimmin veljesten ihmeellinen maailma – Finland
Harikalar alemi – Turkey
Igaz mese a Grimm testvérekről – Hungary
Lumea minunată a fraților Grimm – Romania (advertising title)
El maravilloso mundo de los hermanos Grimm – Argentina, Spain, Mexico
Il meraviglioso mondo dei fratelli Grimm – Italy
Le monde merveilleux des contes de Grimm – Canada (French), France
Le monde merveilleux des frères Grimm(French) – Canada (French)
O Mundo Maravilhoso dos Irmãos Grimm – Brazil, Portugal
O thavmastos kosmos ton adelfon Grimm – Greece
Wspaniały świat braci Grimm – Poland
Die Wunderwelt der Gebrüder Grimm – East Germany, Germany, West Germany
Ο θαυμαστός κόσμος των αδελφών Γκριμ – Greece
Чудесный мир братьев Гримм(Russian) – Soviet Union
ब्रदर्स ग्रिम की अद्भुत दुनिया – India (Hindi)
不思議な世界の物語 – Japan

Extracts included in
Cinerama Adventure (2002)
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1986)
Hail to the King: A King named Kong (2014)
Rescuing a Fantasy Classic (2021)
The Wonderful Career of George Pal (2022)



  • 8mm Magazine vol.2 no.10 (April 1964) p.23
  • American Cinematographer vol.43 no.9 (September 1962) p.536 – article
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.2 p.46
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.3 p.4
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.6
  • The Daily Cinema no.8788 (17 July 1963) p.6
  • The Film Daily vol.121 no.16 (24 July 1962) p.3
  • Films in Review vol.13 no.8 (October 1962) p.490
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.171 no.9 (17 July 1962) p.3
  • Kine Weekly no.2911 (18 July 1963) p.9
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.30 no.354 (July 1963) p.98
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.228 no.1 (11 July 1962) p.23 – article
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.228 no.3 (8 August 1962) p.12
  • Positif no.58 (February 1964) p.59
  • Variety 18 July 1962


  • Spectacular! The Story of Epic Films by John Cary, edited by John Kobal p.160 – credits
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.64 – credits, review
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.107