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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Danny KayeI don't know which film I saw Danny Kaye in first. I was exposed to him at the age of three watching his television program, "The Danny Kaye Show", which aired in 1963. Those skits were marvelous. DANNY KAYE (1913-1987), born David Daniel Kaminski, was a genius at his craft and a great humanitarian. He cared a lot about children and worked tirelessly for UNICEF. Many critics have said that none of his films were worthy of how talented he truly was.

The Court Jester (1956)Haven't you seen The Court Jester (1956)? This is a great film. It's full of fancy sword play, dastardly villains and great comedic moments. A little bit of trivia here. Danny Kaye said in an interview that he had to pad his legs under his tights because he was too skinny.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

White Christmas (1954) This is one of my favorite Christmas classics. It's worth seeing just to see Crosby and Kaye do the "Sisters" number.
Hans Christian Andersen (1952) This was one of my most favorite films as a kid. I loved listening to Danny Kaye, as Hans Christian Andersen, sing his lovely stories to the children, especially "The Ugly Duckling."
The Inspector General (1949) Danny Kaye plays illiterate Georgi mistaken for The Inspector General.
Wonder Man (1945) He plays both Edwin Dingle and Buzzy Bellew. I love the scene where Danny Kaye writes with both his left and right hands simultaneously.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Wed, Oct 12 2005 / 9:22 PST

Academy Awards®
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1954 Honorary and Other Awards: For his unique talents, his service to the Academy, the motion picture industry, and the American people. Winner presented a Statuette.
1981 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award