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David Koenig
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Why The Court Jester Gave Ulcers to Paramount Execs
Big crowd scenes that got out of hand contributed to massive cost over-runs on The Court Jester. What would turn out to be Danny Kaye’s greatest motion picture triumph started out as his biggest bomb. The Court Jester (1956) was supposed to cost comfortably...

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1,001 Rare Danny Kaye Photos
Getty Images has compiled a repository of millions of news, magazine and publicity photos, including more than 1,000 fascinating images of Danny Kaye. Among the ones that caught my eye, there are more than a dozen shots of Danny entertaining in the early 19...

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?
Notice anything unusual in this foreign Danny Kaye poster? This is a half-sheet poster for the 1970s Italian re-release of one of Danny Kaye’s best known movies. Can you tell which one? The cast and crew mentioned make clear it’s The Secret Life of Walter M...

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The Hans Christian Andersen Recordings Made Just for Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye learned his songs for Hans Christian Andersen from a fresh-faced kid just out of college. I discovered Danny Kaye through repeat viewings of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in prime time on KTLA Channel 5. In the late 1970s, Mitty and Kaye’s othe...

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Walter Mitty Goes Dutch
Humorist James Thurber loved Danny Kaye as Walter Mitty of the daydreams, so spent several years encouraging the Studio include more and more dreams. As is well documented in my book Danny Kaye: King of Jesters , James Thurber hated the Danny’s filmed versi...

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Undiscovered Danny Kaye's Around-the-World Burlesque Show
A.B. Marcus played up the girls whenever he advertised “La Vie Paree” (1933). Danny Kaye’s 16 months touring with the A.B. Marcus Show from 1933-34 changed his life. After five summers mired as a toomler in the Borscht Belt, it made him part of a profession...

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Danny & Stannie
Danny Kaye stepped up to receive Stan Laurel's special Academy Award, after the comedian fell ill. Danny Kaye and Stan Laurel didn’t exactly run around in the same circles. Kaye hob-nobbed with the elite in all fields—the finest actors and musicians, nation...

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The Danny Kaye Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for something special this Christmas for the Danny Kaye fan in your life? You can’t go wrong with any of these 10 great suggestions: The Court Jester: Original Soundtrack In teaming with her most accomplished collaborator, Sammy Cahn, Sylvia Fine (D...

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The Sketch Danny Saved by Obliterating
Danny Kaye had a blast helping to destroy this Mikado spoof on a 1964 episode of The Danny Kaye Show, and crack up Imogene Coca and Harvey Korman in the process. The new Danny Kaye: Legends DVD contains several slick entries of the Danny Kaye Show , but one...

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Danny Kaye’s Symphonious Sidekick
Orchestra leader Paul Weston (at far left, on Danny Kaye's right) could be a goofy foil to Danny and was a fine comedian in his own right. I’m anxious to see next month’s DVD release of a new batch of Danny Kaye Show episodes, containing several I’ve never ...
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