Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Director: Charles Vidor Cast: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2013
UPC: 0883929279999
Original Release: 1952
Rating: TV-G
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 6,881

Special Features

Includes theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Kaye Hans Christian Andersen
Farley Granger Niels
Zizi Jeanmaire Doro
Philip Tonge Otto
Erik Bruhn The Hussar
Roland Petit Prince
John Brown Schoolmaster
John Qualen Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette Celine
Robert Malcolm Stage Doorman
George Chandler Farmer
Fred Kelsey 1st Gendarme
Gil Perkins 2nd Gendarme
Peter J. Votrian Lars
Joseph Walsh Peter
Karolyn Grimes Actor

Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director
Del Armstrong Makeup
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Antoni Clave Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Myles Connolly Original Story
Richard Day Art Director
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Moss Hart Screenwriter
Barbara Karinska Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Loesser Score Composer
Dan Mandell Editor
Roland Petit Choreography
Walter Scharf Musical Direction/Supervision
Clarence Slifer Special Effects
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hans Christian Andersen
1. Scene 1 [8:57]
2. Scene 2 [10:47]
3. Scene 3 [11:27]
4. Scene 4 [10:20]
5. Scene 5 [8:11]
6. Scene 6 [9:41]
7. Scene 7 [8:51]
8. Scene 8 [10:44]
9. Scene 9 [7:30]
10. Scene 10 [15:00]
11. Scene 11 [5:41]
12. Scene 12 [4:23]
13. Scene 13 [:34]

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Hans Christian Andersen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.'
Jazzerdoo More than 1 year ago
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.
easyreader50 More than 1 year ago
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.