Stanislavsky song lyrics – performed by Danny Kaye on his radio show
Who is the world’s greatest actor?
And how did I get that way?
Who made me a genius, the greatest projector
Who ever wore a toupee?
Who made me most miserable Hamlet
The deadest Romeo who died for his bride?
Who made me most awful Dr. Jekyll?
And then made me Hyde?
Stanislavsky of the Moskia Theater (more…)
Tongue Twisters as recorded by Danny Kaye
Tongue Twisters, written by: Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Roger Edens
No, not the pellet with the poison – a different set of tongue twisters, as recorded by Danny Kaye
Everybody’s heard of Peter Piper
And the peck of pickled peppers that he picked
That’s such a silly simple children’s game
It hasn’t even got a name
But I’d like to bet that it’ll trip you
And I bet you’re gonna have to say you’re licked
If Peter Piper you pronounce with ease
Then twist your tongue around these
Moses supposes his toeses are roses
But Moses supposes erroneously
For Moses he knowses his toeses aren’t roses
As Moses supposes his toeses to be
That’s tongue twisters (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)