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List of Danny Kaye Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Court Jester (1955)
40
4
The Court Jester
40
4

The Court Jester

As:
Cast
Role:
Hubert Hawkins
Director:
Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Musical, Adventure
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Angela Lansbury, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone
2. White Christmas (1954)
40
5
White Christmas
40
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Phil Davis
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bing Crosby, George Chakiris, Mary Wickes, Dean Jagger, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
3. The Five Pennies (1959)
36
3
The Five Pennies
36
3
As:
Cast
Role:
'Red' Nichols
Director:
Melville Shavelson
Genres:
Biography, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Bobby Troup, Barbara Bel Geddes, Harry Guardino, Louis Armstrong, Bob Crosby
4. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
40
3
Hans Christian Andersen
TV-G
40
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Hans Christian Andersen
Director:
Charles Vidor
Genres:
Biography, Family, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh, Philip Tonge
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
31
0
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
31
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Walter Mitty
Director:
Norman Z. McLeod
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Robert Altman, Boris Karloff, Fay Bainter, Ann Rutherford
6. Wonder Man (1945)
25
5
Wonder Man
25
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew
Director:
H. Bruce Humberstone
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Donald Woods, S.Z. Sakall, Vera-Ellen, Virginia Mayo
7. The Inspector General (1949)
25
3
The Inspector General
25
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Georgi
Director:
Henry Koster
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates
8. Me and the Colonel (1958)
16
2
Me and the Colonel
16
2
As:
Cast
Role:
S.L. Jacobowsky
Director:
Peter Glenville
Genres:
Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Nicole Maurey, Françoise Rosay, Akim Tamiroff, Curd Jürgens
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
9. A Song Is Born (1948)
19
3
A Song Is Born
19
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Professor Hobart Frisbee
Director:
Howard Hawks
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Virginia Mayo, Tommy Dorsey
10. The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)
22
2
The Kid from Brooklyn
22
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Burleigh Sullivan
Director:
Norman Z. McLeod
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Eve Arden, Vera-Ellen, Virginia Mayo, Steve Cochran
11. Night Shift (1942)
11
1
Night Shift
11
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Kaye
Director:
Garson Kanin
Genres:
Short, Documentary
Star Cast:
Kate Smith
12. Knock on Wood (1954)
14
3
Knock on Wood
14
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.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry Morgan / Papa Morgan / Clarence
Director:
Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Leon Askin, Mai Zetterling, Torin Thatcher, David Burns
13. Up in Arms (1944)
17
1
Up in Arms
TV-G
17
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Weems
Director:
Elliott Nugent
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Dinah Shore, Dana Andrews, Constance Dowling, Girls The Goldwyn
14. Merry Andrew (1958)
15
2
Merry Andrew
15
2

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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Andrew Larabee
Director:
Michael Kidd
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Pier Angeli, Salvatore Baccaloni, Noel Purcell, Robert Coote
15. Money on Your Life (1938)
9
2
Money on Your Life
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nikolai Nikolayevich
Director:
William Watson
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Harry Gribbon, Charles Kemper, Sally Starr, Al Ochs
16. On the Double (1961)
11
1
On the Double
11
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Pfc. Ernie Williams
Director:
Melville Shavelson
Genres:
Comedy, War, Adventure
Star Cast:
Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors
17. On the Riviera (1951)
13
2
On the Riviera
13
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Martin / Henri Duran
Director:
Walter Lang
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet, Marcel Dalio, Jean Murat
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
18. Task Force (1949)
8
2
Task Force
8
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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Delmer Daves
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Jane Wyatt, Julie London, Wayne Morris, Bruce Bennett
19. The Man from the Diners' Club (1963)
13
1
The Man from the Diners' Club
13
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ernest Klenk
Director:
Frank Tashlin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
George Harris Kennedy, Jr, Harry Dean Stanton, Telly Savalas, Martha Hyer, Everett Sloane, Cara Williams
20. The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
10
1
The Madwoman of Chaillot
G
10
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Bryan Forbes
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
21. I Am an American (1944)
8
2
I Am an American
8
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Kaye
Director:
Crane Wilbur
Genres:
Short, History
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Gary Gray, Gordon Hart, Dick Haymes
23. Getting an Eyeful (1938)
9
1
Getting an Eyeful
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Nikolai Nikolaevich
Director:
William Watson
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Kemper, Sally Starr, Clyde Fillmore, Jack Squires
24. Dime a Dance (1937)
7
1
Dime a Dance
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie
Director:
Al Christie
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
June Allyson, Barry Sullivan, Imogene Coca, Hank Henry
25. Cupid Takes a Holiday (1938)
7
1
Cupid Takes a Holiday
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Nikolai Nikolaevich
Director:
William Watson
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Douglas Leavitt, Estelle Jayne, Ruth Lockwood, Paulene Myers

TV Movie(s)

2. Peter Pan (1976)
5
0
Peter Pan
5
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Hook / Mr. Darling
Director:
Dwight Hemion
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Musical
Star Cast:
John Gielgud, Mia Farrow, Paula Kelly, Lynsey Baxter, Peppi Borza
3. Pinocchio (1976)
9
0
Pinocchio
9
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Geppetto / Boris Stroganoff
Director:
Sid Smith, Ron Field
Genres:
Fantasy, Musical, Family
Star Cast:
Flip Wilson, Sandy Duncan, Clive Revill, Don Correia, Ben Lokey

Animation(s)

Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
As:
Cast
Role:
Seymour S. Sassafras / Antoine / Col. Wellington B. Bunny
Director:
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Family, Musical
Star Cast:
Vincent Price, Casey Kasem, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner
The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes (1972)
The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes
As:
Cast
Role:
Marmaduke
Director:
Jules Bass
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Fantasy, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
Cyril Ritchard, Imogene Coca, Allen Swift, Bob McFadden

TV Shows and Videos

The Danny Kaye Show (1963)
The Danny Kaye Show
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Host
Director:
Robert Scheerer, Bill Foster
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Aznavour, Joyce Van Patten, Harvey Korman
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series

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