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List of Danny Kaye Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Court Jester (1955)
44
4
The Court Jester
44
4

The Court Jester

Role:
Hubert Hawkins
Starring:
John Carradine, Angela Lansbury, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone
Directed By:
Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
2. White Christmas (1954)
44
5
White Christmas
44
5

After WWII, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis form a successful Broadway entertainment act. Soon they team up with sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to present a Christmas Show in a rural Vermont lodge. As the boys discover that their WWII commander Gen. Waverly is the lodge owner and is in financial difficulty, the foursome creates a musical extravaganza to help Waverly. 

Role:
Phil Davis
Starring:
Bing Crosby, George Chakiris, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
Directed By:
3. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
44
3
Hans Christian Andersen
TV-G
44
3
Role:
Hans Christian Andersen
Starring:
Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh, Philip Tonge
Directed By:
Charles Vidor
4. The Five Pennies (1959)
36
3
The Five Pennies
36
3
Role:
'Red' Nichols
Starring:
Bobby Troup, Barbara Bel Geddes, Harry Guardino, Louis Armstrong, Bob Crosby
Directed By:
Melville Shavelson
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
35
0
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
35
0

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a fantasy comedy drama film which tells the story of a clumsy accountant who fantasizes about being a hero. Neither his mother, nor his fiancée, nor his best friend respects him. His life however takes a turn when he gets involved in a dangerous conspiracy.

Role:
Walter Mitty
Starring:
Robert Altman, Boris Karloff, Fay Bainter, Ann Rutherford
Directed By:
Norman Z. McLeod
6. Wonder Man (1945)
29
5
Wonder Man
29
5
Role:
Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew
Starring:
Donald Woods, S.Z. Sakall, Vera-Ellen, Virginia Mayo
Directed By:
H. Bruce Humberstone
7. The Inspector General (1949)
28
4
The Inspector General
28
4
Role:
Georgi
Starring:
Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates
Directed By:
Henry Koster
8. Me and the Colonel (1958)
17
2
Me and the Colonel
17
2
Role:
S.L. Jacobowsky
Starring:
Nicole Maurey, Françoise Rosay, Akim Tamiroff, Curd Jürgens
Directed By:
Peter Glenville
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
9. The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)
24
2
The Kid from Brooklyn
24
2

In this musical comedy remake of Harold Lloyd's 1936 film The Milky Way, milkman Burleigh Sullivan, by a mere good fortune, manages to knock out middleweight boxing champion Speed MacFarlane. Later, he agrees to take up boxing professionally on the insistence of Speed's manager, Gabby Sloane. His success make him arrogant; however, he does not know that the matches have been fixed by Gabby.

Role:
Burleigh Sullivan
Starring:
Eve Arden, Vera-Ellen, Virginia Mayo, Steve Cochran
Directed By:
Norman Z. McLeod
10. A Song Is Born (1948)
19
3
A Song Is Born
19
3
Role:
Professor Hobart Frisbee
Starring:
Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Virginia Mayo, Tommy Dorsey
Directed By:
Howard Hawks
11. Night Shift (1942)
11
2
Night Shift
11
2
Role:
Danny Kaye
Starring:
Kate Smith
Directed By:
Garson Kanin
12. Knock on Wood (1954)
17
3
Knock on Wood
17
3

Jerry takes his ventriloquist dummy to a repairman, but unknown to him, the repairman is actually a spy, who plants secret blueprints inside his dummy. This eventually causes problems, as Jerry becomes the target of several spies.  

Role:
Jerry Morgan / Papa Morgan / Clarence
Starring:
Leon Askin, Mai Zetterling, Torin Thatcher, David Burns
Directed By:
Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
13. Up in Arms (1944)
18
1
Up in Arms
TV-G
18
1

When Danny is drafted in the US Army, his best friend, Joe, also gets himself drafted.  As they set sail for South Pacific, they find that their friends, Virginia and Mary, have also enlisted as nurses. During the voyage, Danny smuggles in Mary and is sent to the brig for it. The story then goes on to narrate how he dupes Japanese soldiers to surrender and becomes a hero. 

Role:
Danny Weems
Starring:
Dinah Shore, Dana Andrews, Constance Dowling, Girls The Goldwyn
Directed By:
Elliott Nugent
14. Merry Andrew (1958)
18
3
Merry Andrew
18
3

Unconventional teacher, Andrew Larabee, decides to travel to ancient ruins in Sussex to unearth a statue. This will allow him to marry his fiancée Letitia. He finds a traveling circus on the site and becomes a part of their comedic act. Then he falls in love with circus performer, Selena, and must decide what he wants from life. 

Role:
Andrew Larabee
Starring:
Pier Angeli, Salvatore Baccaloni, Noel Purcell, Robert Coote
Directed By:
Michael Kidd
15. Money on Your Life (1938)
9
3
Money on Your Life
9
3
Role:
Nikolai Nikolayevich
Starring:
Harry Gribbon, Charles Kemper, Sally Starr, Al Ochs
Directed By:
William Watson
16. On the Double (1961)
14
1
On the Double
14
1
Role:
Pfc. Ernie Williams
Starring:
Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors
Directed By:
Melville Shavelson
17. On the Riviera (1951)
16
2
On the Riviera
16
2

Entertainer Jack Martin can do an uncannily realistic impersonation of Captain Henri Duran, so much so that no one can tell the difference. Henri hires Jack to take his place at a party. Hilarious confusion and circumstances arise when everyone believes Jack to be Henri including Henri’s wife, Jack’s girlfriend, and Henri’s business rival. 

Role:
Jack Martin / Henri Duran
Starring:
Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet, Marcel Dalio, Jean Murat
Directed By:
Walter Lang
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
18. Task Force (1949)
9
2
Task Force
9
2

Naval Aviator, Jonathan L. ‘Scotty’ Scott, has served 28 years in the American navy and has advocated the power of aircraft carriers. When Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese, Lieutenant Commander Scott, first with USS Enterprise, and later with the USS Franklin proves the worth of aircraft carriers in a war. 

Starring:
Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Julie London, Jane Wyatt, Wayne Morris, Bruce Bennett
Directed By:
Delmer Daves
19. The Man from the Diners' Club (1963)
15
1
The Man from the Diners' Club
15
1

Ernest is a clerk working for a credit card company. He makes a big mistake, when he accidentally approves a credit card of a mobster, Pulardos, who is planning to flee to Mexico, with his girlfriend. Now Ernest must fix his mistake before it is too late, in order to avoid criminal charges.

Role:
Ernest Klenk
Starring:
George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Harry Dean Stanton, Telly Savalas, Martha Hyer, Everett Sloane, Cara Williams
Directed By:
Frank Tashlin
20. The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
11
1
The Madwoman of Chaillot
G
11
1

Adapted from Jean Giraudoux’s 1945 play La Folle de Chaillot, the movie follows Countess Aurelia and her three friends as they learn about a big conspiracy to drill oil from beneath the streets of Paris. The women decide to take action against the powerful men that include financiers, military men, and a religious opportunist by putting them on trial for crime against society.

Starring:
Richard Chamberlain, Yul Brynner, Donald Pleasence, Charles Boyer, Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Charles Boyer
Directed By:
Bryan Forbes
21. I Am an American (1944)
10
2
I Am an American
10
2

I am an American is a short historical film which tells the story of a Polish couple who arrives in New York, in the early 1840s, and they eventually settle and prosper in Ohio. However, during the Civil War, the man loses an arm. With every new war, they start lo lose members of their ever-expanding family.

Role:
Danny Kaye
Starring:
Humphrey Bogart, Gary Gray, Gordon Hart, Dick Haymes
Directed By:
Crane Wilbur
22. It's a Great Feeling (1949)
8
1
It's a Great Feeling
8
1
Starring:
Doris Day, Eleanor Parker, Michael Curtiz, Mel Blanc, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Errol Flynn
Directed By:
David Butler
23. Getting an Eyeful (1938)
9
1
Getting an Eyeful
9
1
Role:
Nikolai Nikolaevich
Starring:
Charles Kemper, Sally Starr, Clyde Fillmore, Jack Squires
Directed By:
William Watson
24. Dime a Dance (1937)
7
1
Dime a Dance
7
1
Role:
Eddie
Starring:
June Allyson, Barry Sullivan, Imogene Coca, Hank Henry
Directed By:
Al Christie
25. Cupid Takes a Holiday (1938)
8
1
Cupid Takes a Holiday
8
1
Role:
Nikolai Nikolaevich
Starring:
Douglas Leavitt, Estelle Jayne, Ruth Lockwood, Paulene Myers
Directed By:
William Watson

TV Movie(s)

1. Skokie (1981)
13
2
Skokie
13
2
Role:
Max Feldman
Starring:
Eli Wallach, George Dzundza, Brian Dennehy, Carl Reiner, John Rubinstein, Kim Hunter
Directed By:
Herbert Wise
2. Peter Pan (1976)
6
0
Peter Pan
6
0
Role:
Captain Hook / Mr. Darling
Starring:
John Gielgud, Mia Farrow, Paula Kelly, Lynsey Baxter, Peppi Borza
Directed By:
Dwight Hemion
3. Pinocchio (1976)
11
0
Pinocchio
11
0
Role:
Geppetto / Boris Stroganoff
Starring:
Flip Wilson, Sandy Duncan, Clive Revill, Don Correia, Ben Lokey
Directed By:
Sid Smith, Ron Field

Animation(s)

Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Role:
Seymour S. Sassafras / Antoine / Col. Wellington B. Bunny
Starring:
Vincent Price, Casey Kasem, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner
Directed By:
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes (1972)
The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes
Role:
Marmaduke
Starring:
Cyril Ritchard, Imogene Coca, Allen Swift, Bob McFadden
Directed By:
Jules Bass

TV Shows and Videos

The Danny Kaye Show (1963)
The Danny Kaye Show
Role:
Himself - Host
Starring:
Charles Aznavour, Joyce Van Patten, Harvey Korman
Directed By:
Robert Scheerer, Bill Foster
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series
The Cosby Show (1984)
The Cosby Show
TV-G
Starring:
Lisa Bonet, Anthony Quinn, John Ritter, Christopher Plummer, Elaine Stritch, Tatyana Ali, Angela Bassett
Directed By:
Neema Barnette, Oz Scott, Ellen Gittelsohn, John Bowab, Tony Singletary
The Twilight Zone (1985)
The Twilight Zone
TV-PG
Starring:
Morgan Freeman, Mare Winningham, Andrea Barber, Jeffrey Tambor, Lorna Luft, Tom Skerritt, Danica McKellar
Directed By:
Paul Lynch, Peter Medak, Ryszard Bugajski, Wes Craven, John D. Hancock

Danny Kaye Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Me and the Colonel Best Actor - Comedy or Musical 1959
On the Riviera Best Actor - Comedy or Musical 1952
Primetime Emmy Awards
The Danny Kaye Show Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series 1964