Hans Christian AndersenDirector: Charles Vidor
Hans Christian Andersen was Sam Goldwyn's final production for RKO Radio release, and also the producer's last Danny Kaye vehicle. The Moss Hart-Myles Connolly screenplay largely disregards the facts concerning Denmark's great storyteller, opting for a fanciful blend of comedy, fantasy, romance and music. As played by Kaye, Hans Christian Andersen starts out as a small-town cobbler whose gift for spinning fairy tales is keeping the local kids from attending school. Asked to leave town, Hans heads to Copenhagen to seek his fortune as a writer. After having his heart broken by the beautiful ballerina Doro (Jeanmaire), Hans finds solace--and happiness--in the knowledge that hundreds of thousands of children the world over are devoted to his enchanting fantasy stories. The lilting Frank Loesser score includes such tunes as "No Two People," "The King's New Clothes," "Wonderful Copenhagen," "Inchworm," "The Ugly Duckling," "Thumbelina," and the title song. Though Hans Christian Andersen was a smashing box-office success, and as a bonus earned five Oscar nominations. Originally released at 112 minutes, the film is generally available in its 104-minute TV-release form.
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Cast & Crew
|Danny Kaye||Hans Christian Andersen|
|Erik Bruhn||The Hussar|
|Robert Malcolm||Stage Doorman|
|Fred Kelsey||1st Gendarme|
|Gil Perkins||2nd Gendarme|
|Peter J. Votrian||Lars|
|Howard Bristol||Set Decoration/Design|
|Antoni Clave||Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Myles Connolly||Original Story|
|Richard Day||Art Director|
|Barbara Karinska||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Fred Lau||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Frank Loesser||Score Composer|
|Walter Scharf||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Clarence Slifer||Special Effects|
|Mary Wills||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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Hans Christian Anderson is a movie that will stand for all times. The songs and the storytelling, done by Danny Kaye, stimulates one's imagination to actually think that you are listening to the great storytell himself. You can see in your mind the characters of his stories come to life. You can see little Thumbelina dancing and the emperor marching down the streets of his kingdom in his all together. This is one film that parents can sit down with their children and rember the sories of their youth. This is a must see movie!
I chose this because I remembered it as a child, but enjoyed it just as much now as an adult. The story is good and the characters well played for the time it was made. Many will recognise many of the songs which have become classics themselves. Playfully entertaining, yet informative regarding a small part of the great storyteller's life. I recommend it for young and old alike.
It's a wonderful family movie. I watched it growing up and still remember 2 and 2 are 4 4and 4 are 8 etc. I have 2 small children my 18 month old watches it everynight. And my 3 year old has become mesmorized by it. It's a movie that is great and entertaining for all ages. It also teaches wonderful family values, and it's ok to use your imagination. I would recommend this movie to everyone.
I confess I truly like Danny Kaye's performance and the always exceptional songs and lyrics by Frank Loesser (as clearly evident in his musicals "Most Happy Fella" and "Guys and Dolls"). But I now only watch the first half, and the very end, of this movie, with a particular affection for the song "Inchworm." After the first total viewing, I now tend to skip the ballet portions and 'Hans' doomed love portions, which seem both out of context with this essentially "happy" childrens story, and the ballet itself and story that now seems sadly 'dated.'