Favourite classic films from the 1950s and 60s, starring the one and only Danny Kaye!
With music by Irving Berlin, songs by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire, Holiday Inn is one of the most delightful and memorable musicals of all time, nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Crosby plays Jim Hardy, a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to open a Connecticut Inn. Astaire plays Ted Hanover, Hardy's former partner and rival in love. And of course there are girls (Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale), an agent (Walter Abel) and plenty of lavish song and dance routines with spectacular production numbers.
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Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and jealous. His fiancee Audrey leaves him and Jerry smashes his two dolls, Clarence and Terrence. Morgan's doll maker Papinek is a member of a spy ring who has stolen secret plans to the top-secret Lafayette airplane. Since Morgan is leaving for Zurich the same night, Papinek decides to use Morgan's dolls as a mailbox and hides the secret plans in the heads of the dolls. Another secret spy ring also wants to get their hands on Jerry's luggage and they *also* follow him. Eventually, Jerry is chased by both these organisations as well as the police, who suspect him of murder.
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Kaye pulls and switch and the screen lights up... with a new kind of excitement!
With German troops advancing fast on Paris, the last place has left the airport and thousands of refugees are left stranded. Jacoboswky (Danny Kaye), a mild-mannered Jewish Pole, finds himself helping an arrogant Polish Colonel, Prokoszny (Kurt Jurgens) to escape. It's a bizarre combination... and sparks fly as the two men flee the city in an ancient Rolls-Royce, the only car left in Paris. The highly incompatible duo set out across France, hotly pursued by the Nazis, with the Colonel's valet, his mistress, and Artiside the canary caught up in the hilarious cross-fire!
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American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip East. What Williams is not told is that the Colonel has recently been a target of assassins. After the Colonel's plane goes down, the plan changes and Williams maintains the disguise to confuse the Nazis about D-Day.
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In this swashbuckling comic farce, star Danny Kaye plays kind-hearted entertainer Hawkins who disguises himself as the legendary king of jesters, Giacomo. Hawkins infiltrates the court of the evil villain (Basil Rathbone), but when a sorceress hypnotises him, royal chaos ensues. Giacomo now believes he is also an infamous assasin, and alternates between his identities at the snap of a finger. Between swordplay and wordplay, Danny Kaye displays his fancy footwork...and his comic genius. With a stella supporting cast, including Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury and Mildred Natwick, Kaye sings and dances among duelling knights and damsels in distress. Through it all, this jester proves he's one of the original kings of comedy.
Re-released and hard to find!
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Danny Kaye cuts loose with his trademark musical clowning. Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong plays his horn and croons in that famed gargling-granite voice. Big Band icons Bob Crosby, Ray Anthony and Shelly Manne join the fun. And Barbara Bel Geddes (decades before Dallas) and debuting teen Tuesday Weld add to the excellent performances in The Five Pennies, the success-tempered-with-tears biopic of jazz great Red Nichols (portrayed by Kaye). Superb, too, are the more than 20 tunes peppered throughout the film. Best of all: the Satchmo-Kaye "When The Saints Go Marching In" duet, with the legends scat singing a list of music world saints and adding a little "Frere Jacques" too!
Ref : DVD-TFP
Danny Kaye stars as a timid clerk at Diners' Club who accidently approves an application from a gangster, played to the hilt by Telly Savalas. This slapstick farce, written by William Peter Blatty (The Exorcist) co-stars Everett Sloane, Martha Hyer, George Kennedy and in an early role, Harry Dean Stanton.
Ref : DVD-MFDC
The film includes a veritable treasury of Irving Berlin classics, among them "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the beloved holiday song, "White Christmas."
Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course, there's the requisite fun with the ladies, but the real adventure starts when Crosby and Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who's now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of.
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