Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hans down his finest film moments

Paul Whitington

The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)

Kaye was hilarious in Norman Z MacLeod's screwball comedy as a mild-mannered milkman who becomes an inadvertent prizefighter. Burleigh Sullivan is defending Virginia Mayo's honour outside a nightclub when he accidentally knocks out a drunken prizefighter. He becomes an overnight star, and a boxer with an uncanny knack for ducking.

Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Danny Kaye was exactly the right man to play the childlike Danish storyteller in this fanciful but moving musical drama. An only child from a small village, Andersen goes to Copenhagen to become a great poet but discovers his gifts lie elsewhere. This winning film boasts some of Kaye's best musical performances, including 'The Ugly Duckling'.

The Court Jester (1955)

In for me his funniest film of all, Kaye played Hubert Hawkins, a mild-mannered carnival performer who is drawn into a plot to overthrow an evil, usurping ruler called Sir Ravenhurst (Basil Rathbone). Kaye's physical comedy in this film is sublime, particularly during a hilarious sword fight with Rathbone.

Irish Independent

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