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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Hans: You know, I never saw such a worrier as you, Peter. You want to worry? I'll give you something to worry about. Two years ago I took you out of that orphanage and promised them I'd make you into a good cobbler. Two whole years! Look at that shoe. Glue's all smeared, the nails go in crooked. Two years an apprentice and still the nails go in crooked.
Peter: I'm not as bad as all that, am I? You're not going to send me back, are you?
Hans: Ah! A new worry appears in the sky.


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


Hans: You'd be surprised how many kings are only a queen with a mustache.


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Heavily edited (by twenty-five minutes) for online showings. The complete film runs a full two hours.
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.
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.
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