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Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Family, Musical  |  14 August 1953 (France)
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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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Complete credited cast:
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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
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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)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Moira Shearer was to have played Doro, the prima ballerina, but had to withdraw when she discovered she was pregnant See more »

Goofs

During the crossing of the Great Belt the still existing light tower on the island Sprogø is seen in the background. Although there was a light tower on the island when the 14 year-old Hans Christian Andersen went to Copenhagen this particular tower was not built until 1869, when Andersen was 64 years old and had been a famous writer for many years. See more »

Quotes

[working on a beautiful ballerina's shoes]
Hans: I almost wish she'd asked me for something really impossible.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Inchworm
(1952) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Danny Kaye and children
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Goldwyn's garish Technicolor tribute to the Danish storyteller features a remarkably subdued performance from Danny Kaye and a superior score from Frank Loesser.
21 May 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

This rather sophisticated musical appears to have been inspired by the visionary and dreamy Powell/Pressburger classic THE RED SHOES. It's as much a stylized romance as it is a kiddie picture, with Kaye refraining from indulging in the manic twittering he's generally known for, and becoming a rather poignant protagonist. That's not to say the whole family can't get something out of it, but the script makes no small point of creating sexual tension within it's romantic framework. Goldwyn wanted to make this picture for years, but couldn't find a script to satisfy him. Moss Hart finally came up with this one, and it's a surprisingly multi-dimensional one. Frank Loesser's music and lyrics are wonderful.


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