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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
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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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!!!!
No comedian was ever so tender; no romantic actor was ever so silly. Danny Kaye is still my hero, and he always will be!
‘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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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It was good but not what I remembered. I don't regret getting it. However, there is a movie out there that I want but can't remember the name. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Gail Lyons
A great movie and it got to us faster than they said it wouldPublished 4 months ago by Mark L Browning
Love this movie!!! Bought it because my father used to make me watch this when I was younger...but never really watched the whole thing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer
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... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Robert Watson
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. Read morePublished on April 12 2013 by Marieve MacGregor
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