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Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Doro (as Jeanmaire The Famous French Ballerina)
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Peter (as Joey Walsh)
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Otto
Erik Bruhn ...
The Hussar - Danced by
Roland Petit ...
The Prince in 'The Little Mermaid' Ballet
John Brown ...
Schoolmaster
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Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette ...
Celine
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Stage Doorman
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First Gendarme
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Second Gendarme
Peter J. Votrian ...
Lars (as Peter Votrian)
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A completely fabricated biography of the famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen featuring several of his stories and a ballet performance of "The Little Mermaid". Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The glorious story of the greatest storyteller of them all!


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14 August 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen et la danseuse  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,080,000, 31 December 1952
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Kaye's re-creation of eight songs from the Frank Loesser score, released on a Decca album with accompaniment by Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra and Chorus, zoomed to the number-one spot on the "Billboard" album chart in January 1953. The LP reigned in first place for an impressive 17 weeks. Rerecording the delightful patter duet, "No Two People," Mr. Kaye was joined on record by Jane Wyman, who substituted for Danny's film partner, Zizi Jeanmaire. See more »

Goofs

In the 'Thumbelina' scene where Hans licks his right thumb and presses it against his left thumb to make a 'playmate' for Thumbelina, the faces are not mirror opposites. In fact, the 'new playmate' has a nose and a big smile that Thumbelina lacks. See more »

Quotes

Hans: No one's ever really alone.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about this great spinner of fairy tales." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quantum Leap: Another Mother - September 30, 1981 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Anywhere I Wander
(1952) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Danny Kaye
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My children and I absolutely LOVED this movie!
3 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I grew up watching old Danny Kaye movies. When I found this one, I couldn't resist.

In the age of violence on TV, etc. I would sit with my girls and watch Hans and Peter leave their home and travel to Copenhagen and have wonderful adventures.

Despite the other comment, both of my daughters sat riveted to the screen during the ballet sequences. They loved the beauty and elegance.

But most of all, we all loved Danny. Hans was a character we quoted to each other on a regular basis. He said a few things that we still say. "That's what's nice about the world - people!" He reminds us that sex and violence don't need to be in entertainment in order to be enjoyable.


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