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Hans Christian Andersen (Full Screen)

Danny Kaye , Farley Granger , Charles Vidor    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Of all the Danny Kaye movies, this musical biography of the legendary vagabond storyteller is definitely the most poignant, extending the performer's range far beyond his usual comic shtick. It may not be as funny as Wonder Man, but it has so much more going for it. In fact, the film is really more about Kaye than Andersen, providing rare insight into his humanitarian ideals and rapport with children. The Frank Loesser score is beautiful, as is the Technicolor cinematography. Among the songs performed, "Inchworm," "Thumbelina," and "Ugly Duckling" are the standout favorites. --Bill Desowitz

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I fell hopelessly in love with Danny Kaye when I was 8 years old, and I'm still crazy about him many years later. . . no other performer of whom I'm aware has ever shown his unique combination of comic virtuousity, tenderness, silliness, physical bravado and dramatic depth.
He could also really sing, not just comically but straightforwardly, in his naturally rich, sweet lyric-tenor voice. If you really listen to the "Inchworm" song, you will hear just how fine his voice really was.
The ballet sequences in the movie transfixed me as an eight-year-old ballerina wannabe. Maybe they look hokey to present-day grownups, but I bet most kids would immediately understand.
One of the best movies ever!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood joy, adult appreciation! Feb. 28 2002
Format:VHS Tape
When I was 11 years old, I wanted to marry Danny Kaye when I grew up; my parents kindly explained to me that he was dead. I still don't really believe it, though -- Danny Kaye will always live on in the imaginations of his fans.
No comedian was ever so tender; no romantic actor was ever so silly. Danny Kaye is still my hero, and he always will be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Correction Dec 15 2003
By A Customer
I'd just like to make a correction on another customer review that I read of this movie. This was not Danny Kaye's last movie. I don't know what was, but in 1954, he did "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney. It's not a really important thing, I suppose, but I just wanted to make sure that the information was correct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Christian Andersen May 7 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of our favourite movies - Danny Kaye, Mr. Entertainment - he did a wonderful job playing Hans Christian Andersen - who is a loved Author of children's stories - brings back many memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect product April 12 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This item was unexpectedly affordable at $26 for blueray and hardcover booklet. The book is beautifully assembled and very well written, complimenting the movie wonderfully. The Blueray quality is gorgeous, with the technicolour mirroring that of The Wizard of Oz or Marry Poppins. I'd recomment this item to anyone looking for a good home copy of this charming movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it since childhood March 3 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am an avid Danny Kaye fan! I have loved this movie since I was a kid! Great story with catchy, fun tunes! I am teaching my little music students the "Inchworm" song to help them learn the concept harmony. I learned it at a young age and I have loved it ever since!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good kid's movie Feb. 6 2003
By Betsy
Format:VHS Tape
HAns Christian andersen is a good movie. Andersen (Danny Kaye) is a cobbler who can't stop telling stories for the little kiddies. This gets him in trouble with the top bananas in town, who vote to have him run out for making kids miss school. Andersen moves to Copenhagen, falls in love with a beautiful french ballerina, and gets himself famous for his stories, all the while going from song to song with true Kaye spirit. It was a good movie, but not one to be overly thrilled about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical story telling!! Feb. 1 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Danny Kaye is Hans Christian Andersen. There's no doubt about it after you see this film. His portrayal of this writer is winsome and magical, and the songs he weaves coming from the stories he writes and reads cause the children everywhere to want to get out of their classrooms and go the town square or valley to hear him tell them.
The one spot I had difficulty with was with the scenes where Hans falls in love with the ballerina, and while it may have some historicity, I found it a little distracting. But this is a small thing, and overall, this is a marvelous film and highly recommended.
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