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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:
A sugary children's movie? -actually, it's rather daring See more (23 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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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:
In order to cover the necessary camera tricks, and to add "magic" to the Little Mermaid ballet, it was decided that, rather than presenting it as an actual ballet, they would have Hans imagine how it would look. This allowed them to do things on the screen which would be impossible on the stage.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:[having just learned that Doro is married to Niels, who has just slapped her after an argument] How could you do it? How could a girl like you marry a man like that? How can I help you?See more »
Soundtrack:
The King's New ClothesSee more »

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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A sugary children's movie? -actually, it's rather daring, 18 July 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

Every single biopic of a creative artist tells the same story, whether it's true or not: the Philistine World, or some part thereof, rejects the artist, and fails to see his greatness; but later on, perhaps during his lifetime, perhaps not, it sees the error of its ways. That happens here. Hans Christian Andersen is a village cobbler whose compulsive inventiveness is little thought of until he makes good in Copenhagen, after which...

But there's much more going on.

There's no doubt that Andersen was a great artist, in some sense. `The Ugly Duckling' and `The Emperor's New Clothes' are two of the greatest short stories - fables, folktales - all of these - ever composed. But he had his limitations. There were many kinds of stories he just couldn't write. His fertile talent for anthropomorphising was often a millstone. In many respects he seems to have been a childish and naive man. But get this: all of these limitations make it onto the screen. Both the story and Danny Kaye's performance (a great performance) make Andersen into a human being who is NOT the greatest storyteller since Shakespeare, but who can be admired for what he is.

The main story isn't the `unrecognised genius' bit: it's a story of unrequited love. While in Copenhagen Andersen spends most of his time banging his head against the wall over an unattainable ballerina, whose interest in him is, as they say, purely professional. He manages to be quite cruel to a close friend in the process, right up to the point where it's unclear that a reconciliation is possible. (Indeed, it's unclear whether or not one occurs.) When he realises what a fool he's been he just trudges back, defeated, to his village. And it's here we have the obligatory scene where the villagers realise how great he was after all, mainly by singing the highly memorable refrains of the movie's songs, one after the other. Well, the film needed some ending. I'm inclined to forgive this one.

There's also a lengthy Little Mermaid ballet - seven minutes long? more? - danced in its entirety. (We see a LOT of the ballerina's craft in Copenhagen.) This sort of thing wasn't too unusual in the 1950s but it's a genuine gamble in context - and one that I think pays off. By the time the ballet appears the cheery story of an eccentric village storyteller had become surprisingly dark. Vidor, it seems, would rather risk having people leave the cinema than insult those who remain. Good for him. I can't claim that this film works in every respect, and perhaps you won't like it, but I'm sure you won't feel cheated by it.

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