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Hans Christian Andersen (Full Screen) [Import]

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  • Actors: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh, Philip Tonge
  • Directors: Charles Vidor
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, Moss Hart, Myles Connolly
  • Producers: Samuel Goldwyn
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: March 6 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000056H2A
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Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a young shoemaker named Hans Christian Andersen whose magical tales delighted boys and girls throughout the land. Filled with music laughter and "wonderful glittering fun" (L.A. Examiner) this charming fable follows the adventures of the legendary storyteller and "recaptures the spirit of fairyland make-believe for children of all ages" (Southern California Motion Picture Council). Nominated* for six Oscars® Hans Christian Andersen is pure enchantment! Danny Kaye "is a delight" (Cue) as Hans who one day journeys beyond the borders of his small village across the sea and into the dazzling city of Copenhagen. There he encounters marvels and wonders beyond his wildest dreams...and finds the inspiration for some of his most unforgettable characters such as "The Little Mermaid" "The Ugly Duckling" "Thumbelina" and many more!*1952: Art Direction (Color) Cinematography (Color) Costume Design (Color) Scoring of a Musical Picture Song "Thumbelina" SoundSystem Requirements:Running Time: 112 Min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: NR UPC: 027616859136 Manufacturer No: 1001603

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN [1952] [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] A Film of Samuel Goldwyn!

‘Hans Christian Andersen’ is a 1952 Hollywood musical film directed by Charles Vidor, with lyrics and music by Frank Loesser. The story was by Myles Connolly, screenplay written by Moss Hart and Ben Hecht (uncredited), and Samuel Goldwyn Productions were the producers. It is a fictional, romantic story revolving around the life of the famous Danish poet and story-teller Hans Christian Andersen.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Academy Awards®: Nominated: 6 Best Colour Cinematography. Nominated: Best Art Direction and Set Decoration in Colour. Nominated: Best Costume Design in Colour. Nominated: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture for Walter Scharf. Nominated: Best Song for Thumbelina. Nominated: Best Sound Recording.

Cast: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi "Renee" Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh, Philip Tonge, Erik Bruhn, Roland Petit, John Brown, John Qualen, Jeanne Lafayette, Robert Malcolm, George Chandler, Fred Kelsey, Gil Perkins, Peter J. Votrian, Lee Aaker (uncredited), (uncredited), Billy Bevan (uncredited), Chet Brandenburg (uncredited), Barrie Chase (uncredited), Jack Claus (uncredited), Karolyn Grimes (uncredited), Sylvia Lewis (uncredited), Ray Linn Jr. (uncredited), Betty Uitti (uncredited) and Beverly Washburn (uncredited)

Director: Charles Vidor

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Screenplay: Moss Hart, Ben Hecht (uncredited) and Myles Connolly (based on a story)

Composer: Frank Loesser

Cinematography: Harry Stradling

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.
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By A Customer on Dec 15 2003
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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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For all the film's deficiencies, Danny Kaye, always an outstanding performer, manages to be engaging and quite delightful.
The plot has little to do with Hans Christian Andersen, and is based quite loosely on some of his tales, not his far from whismsical life. Only the happiest parts of Andersen's least troubling stories are included (in musical adaptation) - there is no hint of the writer of the Little Match Girl or the Red Shoes. This is strictly a vehicle for a warm, kind-hearted, naive Danny Kaye portrayal.
It is good entertainment, if taken as a Kaye act rather than for literary or artistic merit.
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...the kind of thing I really like to watch especially around
the holidays. There is a generous helping of ballet in this
film, too, and you can even briefly see the famous Danish
dancer Eric Bruhn. The film is really aimed at family audiences,
but in a very off beat way. Danny Kaye is not a romantic hero,
but he is a charming performer who brings songs and stories
to the viewer while keeping his amature standing as a cobbler.
I recommend this if you need something to entertain the visiting
holiday crowd. It is pleasant and colorful and certainly not
likely to offend anyone.
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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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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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