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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:
The Frank Loesser score is an original gem. See more (22 total) »

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)

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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Language:
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:
This film marked the finish of producer Samuel Goldwyn's distribution pact with RKO, which resulted in 20 releases spanning 11 years, beginning with The Little Foxes (1941).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:
Niels:You dance the waltz like an elephant in a snowdrift! No, like an elephant that's fallen and trying to get up!See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Hans Christian AndersenSee more »

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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Frank Loesser score is an original gem., 9 July 2003
Author: Mark Bunyan from London, England

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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