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February 13: Danny Kaye ~ Symphony for Unstrung Tongue, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (1947)

This is the reason why I skipped Ben Stiller’s 2013 remake of the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” which was in turn based on a James Thurber short story. I just couldn’t bring myself to see the king of deadpan take the classic I adore and bend it to his will.

Danny Kaye didn’t read music. That never ever mattered. I don’t think there are many (any?) actors alive today who could actually do what he did in his movies.

No, the movie didn’t have that much to do with the original short story. And that’s okay. The new one didn’t, either. And that’s another story.

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January 9: Louis Armstrong & Danny Kaye ~ When The Saints Go Marching In

Trust me when I say this is just the first of the Danny Kaye clips you’ll see this year. This clip comes from Kaye’s movie The Five Pennies (1959), .

I had SUCH a crush on him back when I first started watching the Golden Age musicals. I have as many of his films on DVD as I can get my hands on. I just love his work.

Louis Armstrong is such a great partner for this piece. Sit back and enjoy the patter and scat.

Can’t get enough?

Here’s another clip, from Kaye’s television series.

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