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Babes in Toyland (1961)

The film begins as a stage play presented by Mother Goose (Mary McCarty) and her talking goose, Sylvester (Jack Donohue), about Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary (Annette Funicello) and Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son, (Tommy Sands) who are about to be married.

The miserly and villainous Barnaby (Ray Bolger) hires two crooks, dimwitted Gonzorgo (Henry Calvin) and silent Roderigo (Gene Sheldon). They are to throw Tom into the sea and steal Mary’s sheep, depriving her of her means of support, to force her to marry Barnaby. Mary is unaware that she is the heir to a fortune, but Barnaby is aware and wants it all for himself. Gonzorgo and Roderigo decide to sell Tom to the Gypsies instead of drowning him, in order to collect a double payment…

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