Danny Kaye

Skokie (1981) - a Danny Kaye movie made for TV, co-starring Brian Dennehy, Eli Wallach


Skokie (1981) – a Danny Kaye movie made for TV, co-starring Brian Dennehy, Eli Wallach

Skokie is many things.  It is Danny Kaye‘s final film.‚  It is Danny Kaye’s only strictly dramatic role.  Skokie is a balanced view at two sides of an issue.  It looks at the survivors of the Nazi holocaust.  Skokie provides wonderful acting by some truly great actors, including Danny Kaye, Eli Wallach, Brian Dennehy, and Carl Reiner.  It is an absolute classic, that everyone should watch. (more…)

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Wonder Man, starring Danny Kaye

Wonder Man

Wonder Man (1945) starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen

Danny Kaye‘s Wonder Man serves as a vehicle for Danny Kaye to show off his versatility in singing, dancing, and comedy.  Danny Kaye plays twin roles – €literally.  He’s Edwin Dingle, an academic bookworm, and his twin brother, Buzzie Bellew, famous nightclub entertainer.  Buzzie is the only eyewitness to a murder by the villain of the movie, Ten Grand Jackson.  In addition, Buzzie is engaged to Midge (played by Vera-Ellen, his romantic lead from‚ White Christmas), although he keeps “postponing” the wedding.‚  Early in the movie, after a very entertaining sample of Buzzy’s nightclub act (which gave me a better appreciation for Danny Kaye’s dancing ability), Buzzy is murdered by two of Ten Grand Jackson’s goons. (more…)

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On the Riviera, starring Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet

On the Riviera

Editorial Review of On the Riviera (1951) starring Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet, courtesy of Amazon.com

Just as Love Affair inspired An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle, Folies Bergere inspired That Night in Rio and On the Riviera. In Walter Lang’s Technicolor version, Danny Kaye‚ takes on a dual role previously assumed by Maurice Chevalier and Don Ameche.  A master of mistaken identity, Kaye makes it his own. His Jack Martin is an American song and dance man based in Monte Carlo. When playboy aviator Henri Duran (Kaye with French accent) returns from his latest adventure, Martin notices a resemblance. He also notices Duran’s neglected wife, Lili (Gene Tierney). After Duran is called away on business, Martin is enlisted to impersonate him for an important function. That gives him the chance to cozy up to Lili–and infuriate dance partner Colette (Corinne Calvet). Duran pays him back with an impersonation of his own. (more…)

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Me and the Colonel, starring Danny Kaye

Me and the Colonel

Me and the Colonel (1958) starring Danny Kaye, Curt Jurgens, Nicole Maurey

Me and the Colonel, starring Danny KayeMe and the Colonel‚ is a very different Danny Kaye comedy.  It’s very funny, very entertaining, and highly recommended.  But it’s also not what you normally expect from a Danny Kaye movie.  There’s no singing or dancing, and the setting is much more serious – €the invasion of Paris, France by Nazi Germany during World War II. (more…)

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The Inspector General, starring Danny Kaye

The Inspector General

The Inspector General (1949) starring Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates

“The Inspector General, generally he inspects.”

The Inspector General, starring Danny KayeI’m a longtime fan of‚ Danny Kaye – €one of the screen’s greatest clowns, he has room to truly strut his stuff in this wonderful film. The movie begins as Georgi (played by Danny Kaye) is working with his partner Yakov (played wonderfully by Walter Slezak).  They are a pair of traveling snake oil salesmen.  €Georgi, of course, feels quite bad about selling the bogus goods to innocent peasants, and nearly gets the pair hung.  The stage is set with the two main characters: Georgi the nice, sweet, simple, illiterate, dumb-as-a-stump, lovable waif at large in the world, and Yakov, his only friend, who would gladly sell him down the river in a moment. Frankly, Yakov is the finest example of this type of character I’ve ever seen.  He’s simultaneously likable and despicable, and a joy to watch.

The pair soon separates, and Georgi stumbles into a town, where he’s first imprisoned as a vagrant, then (incorrectly) assumed to be the corruption-overthrowing Inspector General, who’s supposedly traveling in disguise. The mistaken identity is played to the hilt by Yakov, who returns to take advantage of the situation, and to milk the town’s corrupt officials. (more…)

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No Two People, sung by Danny Kaye in Hans Christian Andersen

No Two People

Song lyrics to No Two People sung by Danny Kaye in Hans Christian Andersen (1952) music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Hans Christian Andersen (Danny Kaye): No two people have ever been so in love, been so in love, been so in love

Doro (JeanMarie): No two people have ever been so in love, as my lovey dove and I

Hans Christian Andersen (Danny Kaye): No two people have ever mooned such a moon, Juned such a June, spooned such a spoon

Doro (JeanMarie): No two people have ever been so in tune, as my macaroon and I (more…)

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Danny Kaye singing I'm Hans Christian Andersen

Anywhere I Wander

Song lyrics to Anywhere I Wander sung by Danny Kaye in Hans Christian Andersen (1952) music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Anywhere I wander, anywhere I roam
Till I’m in the arms of my darling again
My heart will find no home (more…)

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Danny Kaye singing Thumbelina in Hans Christian Andersen

Thumbelina – song lyrics

Song lyrics to Thumbelina, sung by Danny Kaye in the movie Hans Christian Andersen (1952) music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Though you’re no bigger than my thumb, than my thumb, than my thumb,
Sweet Thumbelina don’t be glum, la la la, uh uh uh, come come come,
Thumbalina, Thumbalina tiny little thing
Thumbalina dance, Thumbalina sing
Thumbalina what’s the difference if you’re very small?
When your heart is full of love you’re nine feet tall.

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Wonderful Copenhagen song lyrics

Song lyrics to Wonderful Copenhagen from Hans Christian Andersen (1952) sung by Danny Kaye music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Friendly old girl of a town
‘Neath her tavern light
On this merry night
Let us clink and drink one down
To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Salty old queen of the sea
Once I sailed away
But I’m home today
Singing Copenhagen, wonderful, wonderful
Copenhagen for me (more…)

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Danny Kaye singing I'm Hans Christian Andersen

I’m Hans Christian Andersen

Song lyrics to I’m Hans Christian Andersen from the movie Hans Christian Andersen starring Danny Kaye, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser

I’m Hans Christian Andersen,
I’ve many a tale to tell
And though I’m a cobbler,
I’d say I tell them rather well
I’ll mend your shoes and I’ll fix your boot
when I have a moment free
when I’m not otherwise occupied
as a purple duck, or a mountain side,
or a quarter after three
I’m Hans Christian Andersen,
Andersen, that’s me! (more…)

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