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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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[working on a beautiful ballerina's shoes]
Hans: I almost wish she'd asked me for something really impossible.


Hans: You know I like to think that shoes have a mind of their own. The ones that squeak don't want to leave the shop, and the ones that don't fit don't like the person that's wearing them.


Hans: [having just learned that Doro is married to Niels, who has just slapped her after an argument] How could you do it? How could a girl like you marry a man like that? How can I help you?


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Moira Shearer was to have played Doro, the prima ballerina, but had to withdraw when she discovered she was pregnant
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.
The 1966 US TV premiere of this film, telecast by ABC-TV, was hosted by yet another legendary Dane, Victor Borge. This was done because the film runs a full two hours and ABC did not wish to cut it to make room for commercials, so they stretched out the broadcast with hosting sequences. The telecast was sponsored by Eastern Air Lines, who offered, as a promotional tie-in, an album of Anderson stories, as told by Borge, on American Decca records, and sold through the mails. Coincidentally, the best-selling studio cast album of the songs from the'Danny Kaye' film, which featured Kaye along with Jane Wyman in a rare singing appearance, was also an American Decca release.
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