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Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

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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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Niels
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Doro (as Jeanmaire The Famous French Ballerina)
Joseph Walsh ...
Peter (as Joey Walsh)
Philip Tonge ...
Otto
Erik Bruhn ...
The Hussar - Danced by
Roland Petit ...
John Brown ...
Schoolmaster
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Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette ...
Celine
Robert Malcolm ...
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Farmer
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First Gendarme
Gil Perkins ...
Second Gendarme
Peter J. Votrian ...
Lars (as Peter Votrian)
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Storyline

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)  »

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Hans Christian Andersen et la danseuse  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In order to cover the necessary camera tricks, and to add "magic" to the Little Mermaid ballet, it was decided that, rather than presenting it as an actual ballet, they would have Hans imagine how it would look. This allowed them to do things on the screen which would be impossible on the stage. 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: You know I like to think that shoes have a mind of their own. The ones that squeak don't want to leave the shop, and the ones that don't fit don't like the person that's wearing them.
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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 The Muppet Show: Danny Kaye (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata in B Minor Piano Sonata
(1854), (uncredited)
"Les Preludes (1856)", (uncredited)
"Gnomenreigen" (1863), (uncredited)
"Tasso" (1849), (uncredited) and
"Mephisto Waltz" (1859) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
Arrangements by Heinz Roemheld
"The Little Mermaid Ballet" scene
Danced by Zizi Jeanmaire, Roland Petit, and the Roland Petit Ballet
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It's not a story of his life, just a fairytale about a spinner of fairy tales.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So the opening written words say to us the very thing that many across the site have failed to spot, namely they wasn't going for autobiographical, just a celebration of the name and his work.

Who better to bring the great Dane to the screen than Danny Kaye, his ebullient approach to the topic befits the glorious color that sparkles in each frame. The story tracks the Cobbler Andersen as he leaves his hometown of Odense to seek a new life in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. It is here that he becomes known for his stories that bring much joy to the children of Denmark and here that he writes his glorious Ballet version of The Little Mermaid. He gets into scrapes, he falls for a pretty girl, and most of all he discovers his vocation in life, this is indeed a delightful fairytale.

Sit back and enjoy The Emperor's New Clothes, Wonderful Copenhagen, Thumberlina and The Ugly Duckling, and then pray silence for the 15 minute showing of The Little Mermaid, smashingly buoyant film that may come wrapped up in treacle for some, but hey I got a sweet tooth and it works for me. 8/10


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