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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."

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Moss Hart (screenplay), Myles Connolly (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Erik Bruhn ... The Hussar - Danced by
Roland Petit Roland Petit ... The Prince in 'The Little Mermaid' Ballet
John Brown John Brown ... Schoolmaster
John Qualen ... Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette Jeanne Lafayette ... Celine
Robert Malcolm ... Stage Doorman
George Chandler ... Farmer
Fred Kelsey ... First Gendarme
Gil Perkins ... Second Gendarme
Peter J. Votrian Peter J. Votrian ... Lars (as Peter Votrian)
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Storyline

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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Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hans Christian Andersen et la danseuse See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,080,000, 31 December 1952
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

When Hans Christien Andersen and Peter cross the Great Belt, Peter spots Copenhagen on the other side of the belt, but Copenhagen is located on the other side of Zealand and cannot be seen from a boat on the Great Belt. 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

Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful Copenhagen
(1952) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Danny Kaye, Joseph Walsh, sailors, and Chorus
Reprised by Kaye, children and Chorus in the Finale
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It's not a story of his life, just a fairytale about a spinner of fairy tales.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

So the opening written words say to us the very thing that many across the site have failed to spot, namely they wasn't going for autobiographical, just a celebration of the name and his work.

Who better to bring the great Dane to the screen than Danny Kaye, his ebullient approach to the topic befits the glorious color that sparkles in each frame. The story tracks the Cobbler Andersen as he leaves his hometown of Odense to seek a new life in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. It is here that he becomes known for his stories that bring much joy to the children of Denmark and here that he writes his glorious Ballet version of The Little Mermaid. He gets into scrapes, he falls for a pretty girl, and most of all he discovers his vocation in life, this is indeed a delightful fairytale.

Sit back and enjoy The Emperor's New Clothes, Wonderful Copenhagen, Thumberlina and The Ugly Duckling, and then pray silence for the 15 minute showing of The Little Mermaid, smashingly buoyant film that may come wrapped up in treacle for some, but hey I got a sweet tooth and it works for me. 8/10


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