> metsfan, this movie sounds like it's alot of fun. I
> am always amazed at how well he can imitate accents
> and facial expressions so well! He had to have been
> a geat person to gain the guest stars' admiration so
> much. I still need to see this tape...
Well, my friends, you won't find a more staunch supporter of Danny Kaye's talent than me. Danny Kaye was the lord almighty in Brooklyn when I was a girl - he was adored, and could do no wrong as far as the populace was concerned.
However . . . . .you might be a bit disappointed in him if you read any biographical material. Apparently, he wasn't the sweetest peach on the tree. And it seems that the farther along in life he got, the more insufferable he became. His obnoxious behavior, both on and off stage, during his last Broadway show is "legendary" in the entertainment industry. I saw an interview some time ago with Madeline Kahn, who was in that show, and although she made an attempt to be polite and civil about her experience, it was evident from what she said (and did not say) that she thought Danny Kaye was a pig.
Don't believe everything you see on TV. There were a great many of his co-stars who, although they wanted to work with him because of his great abilities, didn't care all that much for him personally. I recall once instance I read about in the news, during the run of his TV show. The actor/comedian Godfrey Cambridge, who was a very smart and trenchantly funny standup, was a guest, and most of his routine wound up on the cutting room floor, as they say, because Danny was unhappy with all the laughs Cambridge got. I don't think professional generosity was one of Danny's strong points.
I do think the man was something of a genius at what he did, and sometimes geniuses have a hard time behaving themselves in socially appropriate ways. In his case, I can separate the man from the performer, and I continue to think him one of the world's great entertainers.