Sunday, January 20, 2013

happy (100th) birthday danny kaye

He could dance at times like Fred Astaire, trip and fall like the clumsiest clown, play a hero, a dope, or just be funny. His patter songs became a trademark. Danny Kaye was frequently silly, but also smart and always entertaining. The kid adores him in White Christmas with Bing Crosby. TCM is showing his movies all day today, so I am recording some more for her to see, and for myself, too.

Kaye with frequent costar Virginia Mayo, in stills for  A Song is Born
As familiar as I am with the brilliant Court Jester and his signature film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, there are many, like Merry Andrew, that sound fun but I have never heard of. Should be fun for us both to catch up with the wonderfully talented Danny Kaye.
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