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


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


The glorious story of the greatest storyteller of them all!


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Release Date:

14 August 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen et la danseuse  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Hans: [having just learned that Doro is married to Niels, who has just slapped her after an argument] How could you do it? How could a girl like you marry a man like that? How can I help you?
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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 »


Referenced in The Muppet Show: Danny Kaye (1978) See more »


(1952) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Danny Kaye and children
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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.

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