Hans Christian Andersen Overview:

Hans Christian Andersen (1952) was a Biographical - Family Film directed by Charles Vidor and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Richard Day, Clave; Set Decoration: Howard BristolNominated
Best CinematographyHarry StradlingNominated
Best Costume DesignClave, Mary Wills, Madame KarinskaNominated
Best Music - ScoringWalter ScharfNominated
Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Frank LoesserNominated
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Niels: You dance the waltz like an elephant in a snowdrift! No, like an elephant that's fallen and trying to get up!


Hans: No one's ever really alone.


Hans: Did you ever hear the story of the old woman who shook her head at the family so much that one night it fell off? Right on the dinner table.


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Producer Samuel Goldwyn had originally wanted Moira Shearer to star in this film.
Danny Kaye's re-creation of eight songs from the Frank Loesser score, released on a Decca album with accompaniment by Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra and Chorus, zoomed to the number-one spot on the "Billboard" album chart in January 1953. The LP reigned in first place for an impressive 17 weeks. Rerecording the delightful patter duet, "No Two People," Mr. Kaye was joined on record by Jane Wyman, who substituted for Danny's film partner, Zizi Jeanmaire.
In order to cover the necessary camera tricks, and to add "magic" to the Little Mermaid ballet, it was decided that, rather than presenting it as an actual ballet, they would have Hans imagine how it would look. This allowed them to do things on the screen which would be impossible on the stage.
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