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Merry Andrew [Remaster]
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Archaeologist Andrew Larabee tunnels below an English meadow, seeking a rare historical relic. His shoveling takes him back to the surface...and into the lions' cage during a circus act. Just like that, a star - or at least a Joey -- is born. A Joey is circus-speak for clown and who better to play that clown than Danny Kaye? The effusive star unleashes his singing, swooning and jesting talents in this bright musical-comedy tale of circus extravaganza and romantic complications. Famed choreographer Michael Kidd (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) makes his lone movie directorial effort one to cheer the heart, particularly with the rolling-bicycle number Everything Is Tickety-Boo and in the center-ring-romp Salud. Have a Merry Andrew time!
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About a would-be archaeologist who inadvertently digs his way into a lion's cage during a circus show--and becomes a hit--he gets comically & romantically entangled in the affairs of the circus folk..most notably, a young raven-haired beauty which jeopardizes his engagement to someone else as his two worlds threaten to collide.
In truth, MA is not Kaye's best film, nor is it his worst. The songs lack the delightful "novelty" punch where Kaye usually excelled (his wife, composer Sylvia Fine, did not work on this one). The exception--a rowdy ringside song called "Salud"--is the liveliest number, as Kaye cavorts merrily with the cast, highlighted by some good choreography.
But really, any of Kaye's films are never without merit, simply because he was in them; he was such a wonderfully talented performer. Watch him in the scenes with the lion's cage, the malfunctioning ringmaster's costume or the chimp playing chess, and you'll see how good & funny he is.
Again, not Kaye's best, but certainly good enough to include in your collection!
When he reaches the meadow he finds the Gallini Circus has set up right where he wants to dig. He manages to find the statue but Selena Gallini (Pier Angeli), niece of circus owner/ringmaster Antonio Gallini (Salvatore Baccaloni), becomes trapped in the pit with him. When they are discovered in the morning Antonio and Selena's brothers demand that Andrew marry her. While trying to figure out some way to get away without marriage Andrew is forced to become ringmaster for one performance and ends up bringing down the house with his inadvertent clowning.
He escapes and returns to the school with a whole new outlook and begins the new term with a much lighter teaching style. The Gallinis track him down and, in the end, it all works out.
This is one of Danny's best and it is almost never seen on TV. It is loaded with laughs and fun tunes.
After seeing this movie you will never forget what the "square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle" is.
Then my housemate came in, and midst a replay of "Tickety Boo," told me, "Danny Kaye's wife wrote that song...
She wrote all his music." Oh, dear,... now I can't go back in time and... oh, not without causing an uproar. But behold, my housemate had erred! Saul Chaplin and Johnny Mercer wrote the songs for this film, not Kaye's wife.... Maybe I can claim him from Time, after all!
Oh, but he belongs with one of the film's stars...
Loved the songs, loved the silliness, love Merry Andrew's smile.
Here it is. Danny Kaye is a so various talented singer and actor and this movie is brilliant for him.
The court jester is also a very good and a must see for all who liked Merry Andrew.
I'm a big circus fan and also a circus artist, this movie shows what a real circus is about.
Not a circus factory like today, no it's a family tradition. Colourful and Funny !
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