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Hans Christian Andersen Details

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Hans Christian Andersen was [[Performer~P91977~Sam Goldwyn~samuelgoldwynjr]]'s final production for RKO Radio release, and also the producer's last [[Performer~P96949~Danny Kaye~dannykaye]] vehicle. The [[Performer~P161116~Moss Hart~mosshart]]-[[Performer~P85699~Myles Connolly~mylesconnolly]] screenplay largely disregards the facts concerning Denmark's great storyteller, opting for a fanciful blend of comedy, fantasy, romance and music. As played by Kaye, Hans Christian Andersen starts out as a small-town cobbler whose gift for spinning fairy tales is keeping the local kids from attending school. Asked to leave town, Hans heads to Copenhagen to seek his fortune as a writer. After having his heart broken by the beautiful ballerina Doro (Jeanmaire), Hans finds solace--and happiness--in the knowledge that hundreds of thousands of children the world over are devoted to his enchanting fantasy stories. The lilting [[Performer~P100024~Frank Loesser~frankloesser]] score includes such tunes as "No Two People," "The King's New Clothes," "Wonderful Copenhagen," "Inchworm," "The Ugly Duckling," "Thumbelina," and the title song. Though Hans Christian Andersen was a smashing box-office success, and as a bonus earned five Oscar nominations. Originally released at 112 minutes, the film is generally available in its 104-minute TV-release form. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 25, 1952

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Howard Bristol Best Color Art Direction 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Antoni Clave Best Color Costume Design 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Antoni Clave Best Color Art Direction 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Scharf Best Musical Score 1952 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Charles Vidor Best Director 1952 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Danny Kaye Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Loesser Best Song 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Day Best Color Art Direction 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Stradling Best Color Cinematography 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gordon Sawyer Best Sound 1952 Nominee

Cast

Danny Kaye
as Hans Christian Andersen
Farley Granger
as Niels
Philip Tonge
as Otto
Roland Petit
as Prince
John Qualen
as Burgomaster
Jeanne Lafayette
as Celine
Robert Malcolm
as Stage Doorman
George Chandler
as Farmer
Fred Kelsey
as 1st Gendarme
Gil Perkins
as 2nd Gendarme
Karolyn Grimes

Crew

Charles Vidor
Director
Samuel Goldwyn
Producer
Myles Connolly
Screen Story
Moss Hart
Screenwriter
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Frank Loesser
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Scharf
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dan Mandell
Editor
Antoni Clave
Art Director
Richard Day
Art Director
Howard Bristol
Set Designer
Antoni Clave
Costume Designer
Fred Lau
Sound/Sound Designer
Clarence Slifer
Special Effects
Roland Petit
Choreography
Del Armstrong
Makeup
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