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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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Doro (as Jeanmaire The Famous French Ballerina)
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Peter (as Joey Walsh)
Philip Tonge ...
Otto
Erik Bruhn ...
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Roland Petit ...
The Prince in 'The Little Mermaid' Ballet
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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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1.37 : 1
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The 1966 US TV premiere of this film, telecast by ABC-TV, was hosted by yet another legendary Dane, Victor Borge. This was done because the film runs a full two hours and ABC did not wish to cut it to make room for commercials, so they stretched out the broadcast with hosting sequences. The telecast was sponsored by Eastern Air Lines, who offered, as a promotional tie-in, an album of Anderson stories, as told by Borge, on American Decca records, and sold through the mails. Coincidentally, the best-selling studio cast album of the songs from the'Danny Kaye' film, which featured Kaye along with Jane Wyman in a rare singing appearance, was also an American Decca release. 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

Hans: That's the nice thing about the world, my friend: People.
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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

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
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I could not disagree more with the Maltin review!!!

Whoever reviewed this film for Maltin's Guide (I wish they'd indicate who the reviewer is by initials or something. It'd make the book more useful) does not share my tastes. I personally don't care that it bears no relation to Andersen's life. They admit it up front. Judge a film by itself, not on it's supposed relation to reality! Given Andersen's real life and his moody, pessemistic nature, I doubt being more accurate would have been a good thing. The score is beautiful, the sets and Costumes are great and Danny Kaye was wonderful! I haven't seen the movie for a couple of years and I stll remember most of the score! Granted, it's not one of the all-time greats, but it's better than the Maltin review implies. A worthy effort. Recommended.


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