Virginia Mayo

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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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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