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Director:
Writers:
Moss Hart (screenplay)
Myles Connolly (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
14 August 1953 (France) See more »
Tagline:
The glorious story of the greatest storyteller of them all!
Plot:
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." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Kaye ... Hans Christian Andersen

Farley Granger ... Niels
Zizi Jeanmaire ... Doro (as Jeanmaire The Famous French Ballerina)
Joseph Walsh ... Peter (as Joey Walsh)
Philip Tonge ... Otto
Erik Bruhn ... The Hussar - Danced by
Roland Petit ... The Prince in 'The Little Mermaid' Ballet
John Brown ... Schoolmaster

John Qualen ... Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette ... Celine
Robert Malcolm ... Stage Doorman
George Chandler ... Farmer
Fred Kelsey ... First Gendarme
Gil Perkins ... Second Gendarme
Peter J. Votrian ... Lars (as Peter Votrian)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lee Aaker ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Town Councilman (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Lonnie Burr ... Townchild (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Townsman (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Ballerina (uncredited)
Jack Claus ... Sea Witch in 'The Little Mermaid' Ballet (uncredited)
Noreen Corcoran ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Michael Cowan ... Boy (uncredited)
George Davis ... Street Vendor (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Berta (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack George ... Townsman (uncredited)
Karolyn Grimes ... Copenhagen Match Girl (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tommy Ivo ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Rudy Lee ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Sylvia Lewis ... Danseuse / Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Ray Linn Jr. ... Singing Boatman / Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
Betty Uitti ... The Princess in 'Little Mermaid Ballet' (uncredited)

Beverly Washburn ... Girl Outside Jail Window (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Vidor 
 
Writing credits
Moss Hart (screenplay)

Myles Connolly (based on a story by)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell 
 
Art Direction by
Antoni Clave  (as Clavé)
Richard Day 
 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Antoni Clave (costumes designed by: ballet) (as Clave)
Mary Wills (costumes designed by: other)
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Art Department
Charles McLaughlin .... props assistant (uncredited)
Irving W. Sindler .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound recorder
Larry Gannon .... sound (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Clarence Slifer .... special photographic effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Russell Shearman .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Karinska .... ballet costumes executor (as Madame Karinska)
 
Music Department
Frank Loesser .... words and music by
Jerome Moross .... orchestrations
Walter Scharf .... musical director
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
Roland Petit .... choreographer
Roland Petit .... dancer: "The Little Mermaid" ballet
 
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Runtime:
112 min | West Germany:105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (alternate rating) | Finland:S | New Zealand:G | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 15971) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:6 (f)

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Trivia:
Throughout the film, the Danish capital is pronounced "Copenhawgen." This is the German pronunciation and is disliked by many Danes, whose country was occupied during World War 2. Danes prefer that English speakers say "Copenhaygen."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: During the crossing of the Great Belt the still existing light tower on the island Sprogø is seen in the background. Although there was a light tower on the island when the 14 year-old Hans Christian Andersen went to Copenhagen this particular tower was not built until 1869, when Andersen was 64 years old and had been a famous writer for many years.See more »
Quotes:
Hans:You know I like to think that shoes have a mind of their own. The ones that squeak don't want to leave the shop, and the ones that don't fit don't like the person that's wearing them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I'm Hans Christian AndersenSee more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
More than just a film, 30 June 2002
Author: highlites from UK

You could describe this as a childrens film but it's rather more of a family/young at heart type of story. These days it just doesn't really appeal to the age range that flocked to see it when it was released back in 1952, but if you have a good understanding of fables and fairy stories you will appreciate this little gem. First off it clearly states at the beginning of the film it's not a biography of Anderson but rather just a made up story, much in the style Anderson would have wrote himself. Hans was very much one of those village idiots/dreamers in his native Denmark and here he is portrayed as the childish adult who lets kids skive off school and teach them stories and songs which actually have a lot more impact on children than just sitting in a classroom reading books. And he's right, all of the stories he wrote had morals. However the stern mature townsfolk don't see things his way and go about throwing the guy out of their precious village to stop him corrupting the young minds with these 'childish' meanderings. Hans and his good friend young Peter take a trip to Copanhagen (or Copen-ha-gen as they seem to like calling) and there we see the masters inspiration and imagination go wild. He falls for a beautiful French ballerina, who he suspects her husband is beating her, a very adult topic to delve into, he gets into trouble with the law and ends up doing freelance work for the Ballerina - fixing her shoes. he reads all the signals wrong and falls for her unaware that for him fact and fantasy are overlapping. Peter seems to be the more mature of the two and eventually gets tired of warning Hans about building his hopes and getting obsessed about things he can never have. Skip to the end... Han's realises that there is more to life than day-dreams and clocks and flowers and returns to his village, slightly deflated but more wordly wiser and lives happily ever after.

There's a very good moral to the story but it's one you can't really explain, you have to watch it and see for yourself. Your dreams are china in your hands. Danny Kaye is fabulous as Hans he always brings with him that symapathetic, boish quality and the ballet sequences are stunning for their time. The characters are basic but are very important to the way the film evolves. Inaccurate and very outdated but beautifully told and well acted.

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