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Ichabod Crane (1949)

based on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving Script 1 NARRATOR 2: Yes! J. Thad was quite a lad! Speaking of fabulous characters, England has produced a bumper crop. But here in the colonies, we have a few of our own. Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, Black Bart, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone. And, of course, the one and only Ichabod Crane. Ichy was the country schoolmaster dreamed up by Washington Irving. He had a way with a yarn did Mr Irving.





 
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NARRATOR 2: If we could journey back to that period in history when Manhattan was but a market town, we would discover, in one of the coves which indent the shores of the Hudson, the little village of Tarry Town. And just beyond, nestled deep in the low rolling hills, a sequestered glen. It's a quiet, peaceful placeIt's a quiet, peaceful place, and yet, somehow... foreboding. It abounds in haunted spots, twilight tales and local superstitions. The best-known story concerns an itinerant schoolmasterThe best-known story concerns an itinerant schoolmaster who once frequented these parts. Some say his melancholy spirit still haunts the vicinity. The pedagogue was described as a most unusual mandescribed as a most unusual man. To see him striding along, one might mistake him for a scarecrow eloped from a cornfield. He was tall, but exceedingly lank. His head was small and flat on top, with a long, snipe nose. It looked like a weathercock perched upon his spindle neck. Altogether, he was an apparition seldom to be seen in broad daylight. Late one drowsy autumn afternoon, this strange figure first approached Sleepy Hollow. As usual, there had gathered at Ye Olde Schnooker and Schnapps Shoppe a group of rustic lads, the Sleepy Hollow boys. Their self-appointed leader, Brom Bones, was a burly, roistering blade, always ready for a fight or a frolic. Though Brom was given to madcap pranks and practical jokesBrom was given to madcap pranks and practical jokes, there was no malice in his mischief. With his waggish humour and prodigious strength, Brom Bones was quite the hero, all the country round. BROM BONES: Odds bodkins! Gadzooks! Look at that old spook of spooks. NARRATOR 2: The schoolroom became Ichabod's empire, over which, with lordly dignity, he held absolute sway. Truth to say, Ichabod was a conscientious man, and ever bore in mind the maxim spare the rod and spoil the child. Still, he was careful to administer justice with discrimination. For it behoved him to keep on good terms with his pupilskeep on good terms with his pupils. Especially if their mothers happened to be good cooks. NARRATOR 2 (SINGING): Who's the town's ladies' man? / Gets around like nobody can / Has to be none other than Ichabod, Ichabod Crane! NARRATOR 2: As time went by, it may be seen that the pedagogue got on tolerably enough. Moreover, Ichabod found ways to increase his slender income and, at the same time, awaken the cultural interests of the sleepy little villageawaken the cultural interests of the sleepy little village. It was inevitable that a man like Ichabod would become an object of ridicule to Brom Bones and his gang. Yet, to Ichabod Crane, these were small matters. He possessed a remarkable equanimity which remained quite undisturbed until that fateful day, when his path was crossed by a woman. A certain woman. Katrina Van Tassel, only child of Baltus Van Tassel, the richest farmer in the county. She was a blooming lass, plump as a partridge. Ripe, melting and rosy-cheeked. Once you have met that little coquette Katrina / You won't forget Katrina / But nobody yet has ever upset Katrina / That cute coquette Katrina / You can do more with / Margaret or Helena / Or Anne or Angelina.
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Strange figure approached Sleepy Hollow
Strange figure approached Sleepy Hollow
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Group of rustic lads
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The arrival of the pedagogue gave rise to mixed emotions
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Schoolmaster Ichabod Crane
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