Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years
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All four movies are good "clean" fun. "Up In Arms", a bit of an Army spoof, was Mr. Kaye's first movie and it is a delight to see Dinah Shore performing as well. "A Song is Born", while entertaining, doesn't have any of the performances featuring Mr. Kaye's unique style and panache. It is great fun to see many of the big band heroes from the 1940s like Benny Goodman, Luis Armstrong and others while Professor Frisbee (Kaye) and the professors are writing a history of music. "Wonder Man" is a favorite. Seeing Mr. Kaye playing twin brothers with quite opposite personalities is entertaining. “The Kid From Brooklyn” is a fun boxing show with night club performances thrown in for good measure. Vera Ellen is spectacular as always.
One thing to note about all of these movies is that they are from the 1940s and this is reflected in the films. However, even if unversed on the era, you can enjoy all of these movies.
After viewing many of WB Archives great MGM & WB classic musical collections, this transfer has to be one of the worst.
Over saturated colour, colour bleeding, very hazy resolution, when it is sharp there is a very prominent herring bone pattern that overlays the image. There is hardly a sign of film grain. Where did Warners get this this transfer from?? Fox Archives.
Definitely not recommended.
The movies worked fine in my DVD player, but that is because I only have a player. The package arrived on time, shrink wrapped and the movies in excellent condition. Price is fantastic, especially when I was trying to find "A Song is Born," and the prices on the Amazon marketplace were double the price than what I paid for these four movies combined.
Very pleased with the entire purchase.
Disc 1: UP IN ARMS (1944): This was Kaye's feature-film debut, in which he plays a hypochondriac who is drafted into the Army. The military fraternization rules put a cramp into his love life, but in the end, he becomes a war hero by doing an impersonation of the commanding officer, tricking the Japanese soldiers, who had been holding him captive, into surrendering to the Americans. The supporting cast includes Dana Andrews, Constance Dowling, and Dinah Shore. This is the weakest of the four films. Three stars.
Disc 2: WONDER MAN (1945): In 2003, I purchased this film on VHS tape, having seen it on television several times, and have always enjoyed it. Kaye plays a dual role, as nightclub entertainer Buster Dingle (a.k.a. Buzzy Bellew) and his bookworm brother Edwin, who haven't seen each other in years. When Buzzy is called to testify in a murder trial, he is bumped off by the mob and his body is dumped in the river; Buzzy's ghost then enlists Edwin to take his place until the trial is over by inserting himself into Edwin's body at various intervals. This creates a complication, because Buzzy was engaged to nightclub dancer Midge Mallon (Vera-Ellen), while Edwin is in love with librarian Ellen Shanley (Virginia Mayo).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was so much fun to watch movies that I had watched as a kid. Thanks Amazon for making it possible for me to share these movies with other family members.Published 16 days ago by Nikita
Love Danny Kaye and love most of his movies. He was truly a gifted actor, dancer and singer. This is a good quality production overall with some minor glitches probably from the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of a Kind and can't even be copied! Danny Kaye is a real classic and deserves to be pare to everyone's life experience! This set is great and has Vera Allen at her best too!Published 4 months ago by Goldfinger
Danny Kaye is a great actor and comedian. I love his films!Published 4 months ago by Pamela Gormley
An old collection of hard to find movies...all top notch showsPublished 5 months ago by Alan Anderson
What a fantastic find. Very excited to have gotten this.
A year ago, I wanted to get my girl a Danny Kaye movie "A Song Is Born" for Christmas, as she'd... Read more
A master of the performing arts. A comedic genius, exceptional singer, actor and dancer. They don't make like Danny Kaye anymore. Truly missed.Published 6 months ago by Robert Boyd
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