Hans Christian Andersen (film)
|Hans Christian Andersen|
|Directed by||Charles Vidor|
|Produced by||Samuel Goldwyn|
|Written by||Moss Hart|
|Story by||Myles Connolly|
|Music by||Frank Loesser|
|Editing by||Daniel Mandell|
|Studio||Samuel Goldwyn Productions|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Box office||$6 million (US)|
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.
The film was an international success at the time. It is not a biographical movie, and in the introduction describes itself as "not the story of his life, but a fairytale about this great spinner of fairy tales." A large part of the narrative is told through song and ballet and includes many of Andersen's most famous stories such as The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Little Mermaid.
Producer Samuel Goldwyn conceived the idea for the film in 1936 and employed numerous writers to work on early drafts of the screenplay over the years. In 1941 he was reportedly in discussions with Walt Disney Studios to produce the film, but the deal fell through.
Hans Christian Andersen was eventually produced in the spring of 1952, premiered in New York on November 25, 1952, and went on general release in both the USA and United Kingdom on December 19, 1952.
- Danny Kaye - Hans Christian Andersen
- Farley Granger - Niels
- Zizi Jeanmaire - Doro
- Joseph Walsh - Peter
- Philip Tonge - Otto
- Erik Bruhn - The Hussar in "Ice Skating Ballet"
- Roland Petit - The Prince in "The Little Mermaid" Ballet
- John Brown - Schoolmaster
- John Qualen - Burgomaster
- Jeanne Lafayette - Celine
- Robert Malcolm - Stage Doorman
- George Chandler - Gerta's Father
- Fred Kelsey - First Gendarme
- Gil Perkins - Second Gendarme
- Peter Votrian - Lars (as Peter Votrian)
- Barrie Chase - Ballerina in "The Little Mermaid" Ballet
- Sylvia Lewis - Ballerina in "The Little Mermaid" Ballet
- "The King's New Clothes"
- "The Inch Worm"
- "I'm Hans Christian Andersen"
- "Wonderful Copenhagen"
- "The Ugly Duckling"
- "Anywhere I Wander"
- "No Two People"
(All songs have words and music by Frank Loesser).
A studio cast recording of the film's songs was released by Decca, with Danny Kaye, Jane Wyman, and a backup chorus singing the songs. The album also included two Sylvia Fine originals made specifically for the album, "Uncle Pockets" and "There's a Hole at the Bottom of the Sea", and Danny Kaye's narration of two Tubby the Tuba stories by Paul Tripp. There was originally a 10" version without the extra songs.
This film was nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Color Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Set Decoration (Color), Best Costume Design (Color), Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Walter Scharf), Best Song (Thumbelina), and Best Sound Recording.
The film was first telecast by ABC-TV in 1966. In an odd reversal of the situation for the early CBS telecasts of The Wizard of Oz, this time a host was needed because the film was too long for a two-hour time slot, rather than too short. It runs exactly two hours without commercials, and ABC did not wish to cut it, so they presented it as a family special with Victor Borge as host, and padded the telecast out to two-and-a-half hours. Borge was selected because, like the real Hans Christian Andersen, he was Danish.
- AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Hans Christian Andersen Linked 2013-08-11
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- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
- "The 25th Academy Awards (1953) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- "NY Times: Hans Christian Andersen". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
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- Hans Christian Andersen at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Hans Christian Andersen at the Internet Movie Database
- Hans Christian Andersen at the TCM Movie Database
- Hans Christian Andersen at allmovie
- Hans Christian Andersen at Rotten Tomatoes