Hans Christian Andersen

Synopsis: A completely fabricated biography of the famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen featuring several of his stories and a ballet performance of "The Little Mermaid".
Director(s): Charles Vidor
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Rotten Tomatoes:
80%
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Year:
1952
112 min
75 Views


Good morning, schoolmaster.

See the kite?

Tell us a story!

Wait for me, Hans! Please wait.

Well, hurry up. Faster!

Thank you.

Next time, don't be late.

Now, yesterday, Matilda was the wicked

mermaid - the princess of the frozen sea.

- Remember that?

- Yes.

Today, as I promised -

we always keep our promises, don't we?

Yes!

- Today, as I promised, she will be the...

- Queen of China!

Did anybody remember to bring

a dress for the queen of China?

You said you would!

All right.

Please, ladies and gentlemen.

If we can't have a queen,

then we'll have a king.

It's very simple. We just take

the crown and put it over on the side.

He was a very jaunty little king -

wore his crown like that. Now, we'll just...

Ah... No peeping.

There we are.

Long live the king!

Long live the king!

That's not a king.

It's only a queen with a moustache.

Well, a lot of kings

are only a queen with a moustache.

- We all believe it's a king, don't we?

- Yes!

Since we have no clothes for the king,

this is a story about a king

who had no clothes,

and about a little boy

who only believed what he saw.

That's you!

Well, one day, two swindlers

came to see the king

to sell him what they said

was a magic suit of clothes.

Now, the king was very fond of new

clothes, so he said, "Let me see it. "

But there wasn't any suit of clothes.

The swindlers held up their hands like this

and said,

"Your Majesty, this is a magic suit.

"You, being very wise and intelligent,

can see how beautiful it is,

"but to a fool, it is absolutely invisible. "

Well, he said, "I see. "

Not wanting to appear a fool, he added,

"Yes, indeed. I see it perfectly.

"It's beautiful.

"Isn't it grand? Isn't it fine?

Look at the cut, the style, the line!

"The suit of clothes is altogether

but altogether, it's altogether

"The most remarkable suit of clothes

that I have ever seen

"These eyes of mine at once determine

the sleeves are velvet, the cape is ermine

"The hose are blue and

the doublet is a lovely shade of green!"

A lovely shade of green!

"Somebody send for the queen!"

The queen came and she was told

how all the wise people could see the...

- Magic suit!

- That's right.

Naturally, not wanting

to appear a fool, she said,

"Oh! Isn't it grand?

"Isn't it rich?

Look at the charm of every stitch!

"The suit of clothes is altogether,

it's altogether

"The most remarkable suit of clothes

that I have ever seen

"These eyes of mine at once determine

the sleeves are velvet, the cape is ermine

"The hose are blue and the doublet

is a lovely shade of green!"

- A lovely shade of green!

- "Summon the court to convene!"

All the court came, the ministers

and ambassadors came.

Not wanting to seem like fools,

they agreed with the...

- King and queen.

- The king issued a proclamation.

The suit of clothes is altogether

but altogether, it's altogether

The most remarkable suit of clothes

a tailor ever made

Now quickly put it altogether

with gloves of leather and hat and feather

It's altogether the thing

to wear at Saturday's parade

- Saturday's parade!

- Leading the royal brigade!

By this time, everybody had heard

about the king's new clothes

that he would wear at the parade.

The people lined the streets as

the artillery came by, the infantry came by,

and the cavalry came by and the fife

and drum corps and the royal guard,

and finally the king.

Everybody cheered "Hurray"...

...because nobody wanted

to appear a fool.

Nobody that is except one little boy

who, for some strange reason, hadn't

heard about the king's new magic suit,

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Moss Hart

Moss Hart (October 24, 1904 – December 20, 1961) was an American playwright and theatre director. more…

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