Once Upon a Brothers Grimm

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Once Upon a Brothers Grimm
Genre Family
Written by Jean Holloway
Directed by Norman Campbell
Starring Dean Jones
Paul Sand
Music by Mitch Leigh (music)
Sammy Cahn (lyrics)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Bernard Rothman
Jack Wohl
Location(s) Samuel Goldwyn Studio
Hollywood, California
Editor(s) Jerry Greene
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Rothman/Wohl Productions
Original network CBS
Original release November 23, 1977 (1977-11-23)

Once Upon a Brothers Grimm is a 1977 American made-for-television musical fantasy film starring Dean Jones and Paul Sand, directed by Norman Campbell. It follows the Brothers Grimm as they make their way to a king's palace with their magical world of fairy tales. The music was written by Mitch Leigh with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. The two-hour film premiered on CBS on November 23, 1977.


Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are traveling to a king's palace to present him with their fairy tales. Their carriage driver refuses to take them into the woods because they are said to be enchanted. Not wanting to miss their audience with the king, the brothers buy the carriage from the driver and travel into the woods alone. Placed under the enchantment of the woods, the brothers begin to encounter a wide range of characters that exist in their tales, including Snow White and Sleeping Beauty among many others.

List of Grimm Fairy Tales referenced in the film[edit]



Hansel and Gretel[edit]


Sleeping Beauty[edit]

Little Red Riding Hood[edit]

The Frog Prince[edit]

The Bremen Town Musicians[edit]

The King with Eight Daughters[edit]


Once Upon a Brothers Grimm was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards in 1978 and won two of them.


  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (Bill Hargate, costume designer)
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (Robert Checchi, set decorator; Ken Johnson, art director)


  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (Larry Abbott, makeup; Tommy Cole, makeup; Michael G. Westmore, makeup)
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming (Jerry Greene, video tape editor)
  • Outstanding Children's Special

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