Danny Kaye was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian and musician who, starting his film career portraying a fast-talking Russian maniac in a number of low-budget short films, went on to appear in the hit Broadway comedy 'Lady in the Dark' and the musical 'Let's Face It!'.
He made his feature film debut with 'Up in Arms' in 1944. He next gained popularity on the CBS radio program 'The Danny Kaye Show' in 1945-46. He eventually starred in a string of successful films like 'Wonder Man' (1945), 'The Kid from Brooklyn' (1946), 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (1947), 'The Inspector General' (1949), 'White Christmas' (1954) and 'The Court Jester' (1956). He has acted in 'Hans Christian Andersen' (1952), based on the life of the Danish story-teller, and 'The Five Pennies', (1959) about jazz pioneer Red Nichols. He has received the 'Golden Globe Award for Best Actor' twice.
He entered television with the CBS show 'See It Now' 1956 and went on to host his own variety show, 'The Danny Kaye Show' (1963–1967). He has also appeared on the live-action musical specials 'Pinocchio' and 'Peter Pan', and has guest starred on 'The Muppet Show' and 'The Cosby Show'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Danny Kaye Awards
|Me and the Colonel||Best Actor - Comedy or Musical||1959|
|On the Riviera||Best Actor - Comedy or Musical||1952|
|The Danny Kaye Show||Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series||1964|