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Hans Christian Andersen

Released Nov 25, 1952 2h 0m Kids & Family Musical List
83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 76% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Imaginative cobbler Hans Christian Andersen (Danny Kaye) is asked to leave his hometown because his frequent stories are distracting the children from school. From there he moves to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he sees and falls in love with Doro (Jeanmaire), a ballerina. He writes "The Little Mermaid" for her, and it becomes the ballet's latest work. However, Doro is already married to Niels (Farley Granger), meaning Hans must content himself with producing popular children's stories. Read More Read Less
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Bob Thomas Associated Press Danny Kaye is refreshingly re strained in the title role, and Jeanmaire is excellent while dancing. Jul 24, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com This largely fictionalized musical biopic of the famous writer was one of Danny Kaye's most popular films, nominated for multiple Oscars. Rated: B- Jun 7, 2012 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 4/5 Jan 23, 2004 Full Review Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Rated: 3/5 Dec 30, 2002 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) As with all Danny Kaye movies my response is to wish for a tranqulizer gun Rated: 2/5 Aug 22, 2002 Full Review Bob Grimm Las Vegas Mercury Rated: 3/5 Aug 1, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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LucyChase W A true classic! The infectious music is enchanting, and Danny Kaye is at his very best in the title role. 5 STAR. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Stop complaining that it’s not a true biography. It tells you it is not right at the start. Yes, there was a time when children and adults could sit through a beautiful ballet piece (as in the film). There was a time when children had an attention span longer than a gun shot in a video game. The score is brilliant and an entire generation grew up singing to it. Wonderful sets, cinematography and acting. If you are too contemporary to not respond warmly to Danny Kaye and the boy in The Ugly Duckling, your fellow humans can do without you. This is a fantastic, classic, and beautiful film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/22 Full Review Audience Member Amazing movie love it Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/23/21 Full Review mike v Hans Christian Andersen is a 1952 Hollywood musical film directed by Charles Vidor 🎢 Meh, it passed the time. Just. 😐 πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘ŽπŸΌ THE GLORIOUS STORY OF THE GREATEST STORYTELLER OF THEM ALL! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The funniest musical about Hans Christian Anderson ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review steve d A complete waist of time. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Imaginative cobbler Hans Christian Andersen (Danny Kaye) is asked to leave his hometown because his frequent stories are distracting the children from school. From there he moves to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he sees and falls in love with Doro (Jeanmaire), a ballerina. He writes "The Little Mermaid" for her, and it becomes the ballet's latest work. However, Doro is already married to Niels (Farley Granger), meaning Hans must content himself with producing popular children's stories.
Director
Charles Vidor
Producer
Samuel Goldwyn
Screenwriter
Moss Hart
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
Samuel Goldwyn Company, The See
Genre
Kids & Family, Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 25, 1952, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 28, 2017
Runtime
2h 0m
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