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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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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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: You'd be surprised how many kings are only a queen with a mustache.
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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

The Ugly Duckling
(1952) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Danny Kaye
Reprised by Kaye, Children, and Chorus in the Finale
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Goldwyn's garish Technicolor tribute to the Danish storyteller features a remarkably subdued performance from Danny Kaye and a superior score from Frank Loesser.
21 May 2003 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

This rather sophisticated musical appears to have been inspired by the visionary and dreamy Powell/Pressburger classic THE RED SHOES. It's as much a stylized romance as it is a kiddie picture, with Kaye refraining from indulging in the manic twittering he's generally known for, and becoming a rather poignant protagonist. That's not to say the whole family can't get something out of it, but the script makes no small point of creating sexual tension within it's romantic framework. Goldwyn wanted to make this picture for years, but couldn't find a script to satisfy him. Moss Hart finally came up with this one, and it's a surprisingly multi-dimensional one. Frank Loesser's music and lyrics are wonderful.


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