MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,836 this week

Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Family, Musical  |  14 August 1953 (France)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 2,381 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 15 critic

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."

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based on a story by), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 14 Feb 2014
 
a list of 45 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Hans Christian Andersen (1952) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hans Christian Andersen.

User Polls

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the young life of Hans Christian Andersen, a young man with a penchant for storytelling but struggles to find his place in the world and gain the affection of the... See full summary »

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Kieran Bew, Emily Hamilton, Flora Montgomery
Pinocchio (TV Movie 1976)
Family | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Directors: Ron Field, Sid Smith
Stars: Sandy Duncan, Danny Kaye, Clive Revill
Sea People (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Vic Sarin
Stars: Hume Cronyn, Joan Gregson, Tegan Moss
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the reign of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor seeks to flee a forced marriage with the French king by escaping to America with her true love, but her plans are not so easily executed.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice
Johann Mouse (1952)
Family | Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

At the home of Viennese composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Stars: Hans Conried
Peter Pan (TV Movie 1976)
Musical | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Another live-action musical version of the play, with all-new songs rather than the ones used in the famous Mary Martin production.

Director: Dwight Hemion
Stars: Mia Farrow, Danny Kaye, Paula Kelly
Madeline (1952)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Robert Cannon
Stars: Gladys Holland
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Niels
Zizi Jeanmaire ...
Doro (as Jeanmaire The Famous French Ballerina)
Joseph Walsh ...
Peter (as Joey Walsh)
Philip Tonge ...
Otto
Erik Bruhn ...
The Hussar - Danced by
Roland Petit ...
The Prince in 'The Little Mermaid' Ballet
John Brown ...
Schoolmaster
...
Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette ...
Celine
Robert Malcolm ...
Stage Doorman
George Chandler ...
Farmer
Fred Kelsey ...
First Gendarme
Gil Perkins ...
Second Gendarme
Peter J. Votrian ...
Lars (as Peter Votrian)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The glorious story of the greatest storyteller of them all!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 August 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen et la danseuse  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Goldwyn's wife Francis Howard would often travel to New York city scouting Broadway productions, looking for talent in both the production's acting areas and the creative teams involved in a Broadway production'a staging. Francis' trip (1941) to see the Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin-Moss Hart new musical "Lady in The Dark" - she discovered Danny Kaye. Returning to Hollywood, Francis' ability to mint new stars from seemingly nowhere, Francis insisting her Husband, Samuel Goldwyn, put Danny Kaye under contract. After Danny Kaye arrived in Hollywood, several screen tests were made, studied, to determine the best possible path for Danny Kaye's future in Goldwyn's film business. The major problem with Kaye's physical look, besides his nose, was his natural dark-brown hair. Francis, upon seeing Kaye's screen tests, dictated to her husband - "they have to change his hair color!" Francis was the one who said, "turn Danny into a red headed strawberry blond!" Goldwyn's studio press agent always insisted Danny Kaye's strawberry-blond hair was his natural hair color for publicity reckoning. See more »

Goofs

In the song 'The King is in the Altogether" Hans twists his cap to one side and this is shown in close-up. In the next long-shot the cap is immediately straight again. See more »

Quotes

Peter: Hans has gone to Copenhagen!
See more »

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

Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The King's New Clothes
(1952) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Danny Kaye and children
Reprised by Kaye, children and chorus in the Finale
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
My children and I absolutely LOVED this movie!
3 September 2006 | by (United States) – 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.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What the heck is up with Peter? AndiCheetah99
Was Kaye right for the Part? bonelessmonkey
A remake for sure!!!! miss_axis
Would HCA survive critics' reviews today? dredzo
is there a soundtrack for this? scullyx101
Husband and Wife issues? eddyskiva
Discuss Hans Christian Andersen (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?