Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 1, 1952

Hans Christian Andersen (Samuel Goldwyn; RKO Radio) is an unusual cinebiography in that it candidly disclaims having anything to do with the facts of its subject's life. A foreword to the picture announces: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about this great spinner of fairy tales."

Moss Hart's scenario follows Cobbler Andersen (Danny Kaye) from the village of Odense, where he lures the children from school with his beguiling stories, to Copenhagen, where he falls in love with a beautiful ballerina...

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