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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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Niels
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Doro (as Jeanmaire The Famous French Ballerina)
Joseph Walsh ...
Peter (as Joey Walsh)
Philip Tonge ...
Otto
Erik Bruhn ...
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Roland Petit ...
John Brown ...
Schoolmaster
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Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette ...
Celine
Robert Malcolm ...
Stage Doorman
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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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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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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

During the "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen" song the concertina player directly behind the singer never moves his fingers on the keys. See more »

Quotes

Peter: Hans has gone to Copenhagen!
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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 »


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I'm Hans Christian Andersen
(1952) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
(reprise)
Sung by Danny Kaye
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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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