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White Christmas (1954) starring Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby

White Christmas

Editorial review of White Christmas (1954) starring Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, courtesy of Amazon.com

This semi-remake of‚ Holiday Inn‚ (the first movie in which Irving Berlin’s perennial, Oscar-winning holiday anthem was featured) doesn’t have much of a story, but what it does have is choice‚ Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an‚ all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca,‚ The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! (more…)

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Danny Kaye - King of Jesters

Danny Kaye: King of Jesters

Danny Kaye: King of Jesters by David Koenig

Editorial review of Danny Kaye: King of Jesters, courtesy of Amazon.com

You remember the red-haired zany from the holiday favorite White Christmas … the lovable storyteller Hans Christian Andersen … the daydreamer Walter Mitty … the tongue-tied Court Jester … Now step behind the camera during the making of these classic movies.

Packed with never-before-published anecdotes and photos, Danny Kaye: King of Jesters takes the first-ever behind-the-scenes look at the creation of his film, TV, radio and stage work, and at the secret life of the incredible‚ performer behind them. (more…)

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Merry Andrew - Danny Kaye in the lions' cage

Bongo, Bongo, Bongo lyrics

Lyrics to Bongo, Bongo, Bongo (I don’t wanna leave the Congo) – also known as Civilization as sung by Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters — and now known to the current generation from the  Fallout video game (more…)

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Danny Kaye as Anatole of Paris

Anatole of Paris

Song lyrics to‚ Anatole of Paris, written by Sylvia Fine, sung by Danny Kaye in‚ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

It all began when I was born a month too soon
My ma was frightened by a runaway saloon
Pa was forced to be a hobo
Because he played the oboe
And the oboe it is clearly understood
Is an ill wind that no one blows good (more…)

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Pinocchio (1976), starring Danny Kaye and Sandy Duncan

Pinocchio

Pinocchio (1976), starring Danny Kaye and Sandy Duncan

A feature-length musical motion picture of the classic tale about the puppet who becomes a real boy. Danny Kaye plays “Gepetto,” the woodcarver; and Sandy Duncan plays “Pinocchio,” the irrepressible puppet. (more…)

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A Song is Born, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo

A Song is Born

Review of A Song is Born, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo

A Song is Born is a very unusual Danny Kaye film, in that it’s less of a comedy and more of a musical romance.  In no small way, it’s an opportunity for a variety of the leading musicians of the time to perform, including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Carter. Other notable musicians playing themselves in the cast include Charlie Barnet, Mel Powell, Harry Babasin, Louis Bellson, Al Hendrickson, The Golden Gate Quartet, Russo and the Samba Kings, The Page Cavanaugh Trio, and Buck and Bubbles. (more…)

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

Skokie

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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