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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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Niels
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Doro (as Jeanmaire The Famous French Ballerina)
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Peter (as Joey Walsh)
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Otto
Erik Bruhn ...
The Hussar - Danced by
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John Brown ...
Schoolmaster
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Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette ...
Celine
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Stage Doorman
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Farmer
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First Gendarme
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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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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Muppet Show: Rich Little (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Inchworm
(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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