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Hans Christian Andersen ()


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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 nominations.
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Hans Christian Andersen
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Niels
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Doro (as Jeanmaire The Famous French Ballerina)
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Peter (as Joey Walsh)
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Otto
Erik Bruhn ...
The Hussar - Danced by
Roland Petit ...
The Prince in 'The Little Mermaid' Ballet
John Brown ...
Schoolmaster
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Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette ...
Celine
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Stage Doorman
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Farmer
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First Gendarme
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Second Gendarme
Peter J. Votrian ...
Lars (as Peter Votrian)
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Little Boy (uncredited)
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Town Councilman (uncredited)
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Stagehand (uncredited)
Lonnie Burr ...
Townchild (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Ballerina (uncredited)
Jack Claus ...
Sea Witch in 'The Little Mermaid' Ballet (uncredited)
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Little Girl (uncredited)
Michael Cowan ...
Boy (uncredited)
George Davis ...
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Berta (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Jack George ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Copenhagen Match Girl (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Little Boy (uncredited)
Rudy Lee ...
Little Boy (uncredited)
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Danseuse / Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Ray Linn Jr. ...
Singing Boatman / Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
Betty Uitti ...
The Princess in 'Little Mermaid Ballet' (uncredited)
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Girl Outside Jail Window (uncredited)

Directed by

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Charles Vidor

Written by

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Moss Hart ... (screenplay)
 
Myles Connolly ... (based on a story by)
 
Ben Hecht ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Samuel Goldwyn ... producer

Cinematography by

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Harry Stradling Sr. ... director of photography (as Harry Stradling)

Film Editing by

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Daniel Mandell

Art Direction by

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Antoni Clave ... (as Clavé)
Richard Day

Set Decoration by

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Howard Bristol ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Antoni Clave ... (costumes designed by: ballet) (as Clavé)
Mary Wills ... (costumes designed by: other)

Makeup Department

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Del Armstrong ... makeup
Helen Turpin ... hair stylist

Art Department

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Charles McLaughlin ... props assistant (uncredited)
Irving W. Sindler ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Fred Lau ... sound recorder
Larry Gannon ... sound (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Clarence Slifer ... special photographic effects
Daniel Hays ... special effects (uncredited)
Russell Shearman ... special effects (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Barbara Karinska ... ballet costumes executed by (as Madame Karinska)

Music Department

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Frank Loesser ... words and music by
Jerome Moross ... orchestrations
Walter Scharf ... musical director
Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Samuel Goldwyn ... presenter
Richard Mueller ... Technicolor color consultant
Roland Petit ... choreography / dancer: The Prince in "The Little Mermaid" ballet
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The glorious story of the greatest storyteller of them all! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hans Christian Andersen et la danseuse (France)
  • El fabuloso Andersen (Spain)
  • Hans Christian Andersen y la bailarina (Argentina)
  • Herz meiner Träume (West Germany)
  • Andersen und die Tänzerin (Austria)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter (1996). See more »
Soundtracks The King's New Clothes See more »
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 »
Quotes Hans: Did you ever hear the story of the old woman who shook her head at the family so much that one night it fell off? Right on the dinner table.
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