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Johnny Mann Started, But Didn't Finish, "The Danny Kaye Show"
The Johnny Mann Singers left The Danny Kaye Show weeks before they would have recorded this promotional album. Composer Johnny Mann, who passed away last night at the age of 85, worked with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and even voice Theodore ...
The Johnny Mann Singers left The Danny Kaye Show weeks before they would have recorded this promotional album. Composer Johnny Mann, who passed away last night at the age of 85, worked with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat Kin...
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Danny Kaye Almost Wasn't the Man from the Diners Club
Frank Tashlin (lower right) directs Danny Kaye and Martha Hyer in The Man from the Diners Club. He very nearly could have been instructing Jack Lemmon and Elizabeth Montgomery. In almost every movie role he played, Danny Kaye became the character, in large ...
Frank Tashlin (lower right) directs Danny Kaye and Martha Hyer in The Man from the Diners Club. He very nearly could have been instructing Jack Lemmon and Elizabeth Montgomery. In almost every movie role he played, Danny Kaye...
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The Last Day of The Danny Kaye Show
The curtain came down after four years of The Danny Kaye Show with a bang. In researching my book Danny Kaye: King of Jesters , I interviewed almost the entire creative staff of the show (both producers, two of the three directors, the main song writer, nin...
The curtain came down after four years of The Danny Kaye Show with a bang. In researching my book Danny Kaye: King of Jesters, I interviewed almost the entire creative staff of the show (both producers, two of the three dire...
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Grandfather of "The Lobby Number"
Danny Kaye wasn't the first to poke fun at "Apple Blossom Time" in Up in Arms' "Lobby Number." My favorite Danny Kaye number is “The Lobby Number,” from his first feature, Up in Arms. The song’s convoluted creation (which continued even after the number was...
Danny Kaye wasn't the first to poke fun at "Apple Blossom Time" in Up in Arms' "Lobby Number." My favorite Danny Kaye number is “The Lobby Number,” from his first feature, Up in Arms. The song’s convoluted creation (which con...
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3 Danny Kaye Movies You’ve Never Heard Of—But May Have Seen
Have you ever seen Danny Kaye in The Ladies Have Charms ? The Ladies Have Charms ? Running Risks ? Blind Man’s Bluff ? Even the biggest Danny Kaye fan probably has never even heard of these movies. Yet there’s a chance you’ve seen them—under a different nam...
Have you ever seen Danny Kaye in The Ladies Have Charms? The Ladies Have Charms? Running Risks? Blind Man’s Bluff? Even the biggest Danny Kaye fan probably has never even heard of these movies. Yet there’s a chance you’ve see...
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Outtakes on New "Mitty" DVD
It may have made the poster, but it didn't make the movie. The image of Danny Kaye in this poster is straight from a Chinese restaurant scene deleted from the theatrical release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty . The one downside to the recent flurry of D...
It may have made the poster, but it didn't make the movie. The image of Danny Kaye in this poster is straight from a Chinese restaurant scene deleted from the theatrical release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The one do...
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The Top 12 Roles Danny Kaye Turned Down
Danny Kaye's hit recordings of Gilbert & Sullivan songs earned him an offer to appear with the world-renowned  D'Oyly Carte company Walter Mitty, Hans Christian Andersen, the Court Jester—Danny Kaye played several iconic roles over the years. But there were...
Danny Kaye's hit recordings of Gilbert & Sullivan songs earned him an offer to appear with the world-renowned  D'Oyly Carte company Walter Mitty, Hans Christian Andersen, the Court Jester—Danny Kaye played several iconic role...
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Rare Footage Released of Danny Kaye on Stage... and Backstage
Sylvia and Danny Kaye are greeted by newsreel cameras and throngs of fans during his November 1948 trip to London to appear in the Royal Command Performance. Last week, newsreel archive British Pathé uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, ...
Sylvia and Danny Kaye are greeted by newsreel cameras and throngs of fans during his November 1948 trip to London to appear in the Royal Command Performance. Last week, newsreel archive British Pathé uploaded its entire colle...
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The Sequel to Danny Kaye's "Knock on Wood"... Starring Bob Hope
While Sam Goldwyn always wanted to make a sequel to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty , it was Kaye's first film for Paramount, Knock on Wood , that came closer to inspiring a follow-up picture. Knock on Wood was intended to be Danny Kaye’s first of two movie...
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Sid Caesar and Danny Kaye Followed in Each Other's Footsteps
Sid Caesar borrowed early Danny Kaye's producer, early co-star Imogene Coca, and revue format for his historic TV variety show. Fourteen years later, Kaye would return the favor. This morning, TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar passed away at the age of 91. Altho...
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Secret Outtakes on New "Mitty" DVD
It may have made the poster, but it didn't make the movie. The image of Danny Kaye in this poster is straight from a Chinese restaurant scene deleted from the theatrical release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty . The one downside to the recent flurry of D...
It may have made the poster, but it didn't make the movie. The image of Danny Kaye in this poster is straight from a Chinese restaurant scene deleted from the theatrical release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The one dow...
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2013: The Worst of Danny Kaye
As wonderful as this Year in Danny Kaye has been, there were a few jeers. 2013 has been an almost perfect year for Danny Kaye fans, as illustrated by yesterday’s list of highlights. Unfortunately, there were a few low lights, as well: (1) Farewells. My favo...
As wonderful as this Year in Danny Kaye has been, there were a few jeers. 2013 has been an almost perfect year for Danny Kaye fans, as illustrated by yesterday’s list of highlights. Unfortunately, there were a few low lights,...
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Magazine editor and author of five books, including Mouse Tales, Realityland, and the new Danny Kaye: King of Jesters.