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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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
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When Hans Christien Andersen and Peter crosses the Great Belt Peter spots Copenhagen on the other side of the belt. But Copenhagen is located on the other side of Zealand and cannot be seen from a boat on the Great Belt. See more »
You'd be surprised how many kings are only a queen with a mustache.
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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 »
Sonata in B Minor Piano Sonata
"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 See more »
Watching this again (for only the second time) last night, I was just knocked out by the score. Presumably because of a Broadway-is-better-than-Hollywood bias, the piece tends to be dismissed in the Loesser oeuvre but every single number is a gem -- and the fullest score for a "family fantasy" since THE WIZARD OF OZ. I was particularly taken by INCH WORM, a really short song sung in counterpoint to the children's chanting of their mathematic tables after the schoolmaster has dragged them away from Hans' tales. Not long enough to have a commercial future (outside of a soundtrack album) it tells us more about Hans than most of the scene that precedes it.
As others have noted, Danny Kaye is totally bearable and the kitsch side of the film is now enjoyable for that. (The colours also recall WIZARD.)
This film deserves more recognition in the world of original film musicals. It's a rare classic score at the time of composer compilations or Broadway imports.
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