Wonder Man

Wonder Man

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone, Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen

Cast: H. Bruce Humberstone, Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen

     
 

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Danny Kaye plays the first of his cinematic dual roles in Goldwyn's Wonder Man. Kaye appears as timid librarian Edwin Dingle and Edwin's extroverted twin brother, nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew. When Buzzy witnesses a gangland shooting, he himself is rubbed out by mob boss Ten-Grand Jackson (Steve Cochran, in his movie debut).

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Danny Kaye plays the first of his cinematic dual roles in Goldwyn's Wonder Man. Kaye appears as timid librarian Edwin Dingle and Edwin's extroverted twin brother, nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew. When Buzzy witnesses a gangland shooting, he himself is rubbed out by mob boss Ten-Grand Jackson (Steve Cochran, in his movie debut). Before long, Edwin is visited by Buzzy's ghost, who persuades his bookish brother to help bring Jackson to justice. For the rest of the film, poor Edwin is possessed by his brother's sportive spirit, causing no end of confusion for Edwin's demure lady friend Ellen Shanley (Virginia Mayo) and Buzzy's more outgoing girlfriend, dancer Midge Mallon (Vera-Ellen, also making her first film appearance). Done up in splashy Technicolor, Wonder Man is perhaps Kaye's best Goldwyn-produced vehicle, permitting him to play a character (or characters) rather than a caricature. Highlights include an opera spoof (a variation of which showed up in Kaye's 1954 feature Knock on Wood), Danny's allergic rendition of "Otchi Chornya," and a wonderful vignette wherein Kaye imitates all the "inhabitants" of a pet shop.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of Danny Kaye will be delighted with Wonder Man, one of those films that gives the comedian the opportunity to play two roles. Kaye, never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, makes the very most of the opportunity, putting so much energy and commitment into his work that he makes most viewers forget that the material he's working with is only so-so. Wonder is filled with the kind of coincidences and plot turns that can only happen in a movie, so any viewer expecting anything approaching reality is well advised to steer clear. For those willing to check their suspension of disbelief at the door, however, Wonder should provide ample entertainment. Kaye gets to display all of the facets of his talent, and has the chance to play an urbane, charming, in-control leading-man type to boot. He's well supported by the charming and attractive Virginia Mayo and Vera-Ellen, with the latter demonstrating her superb dancing skills in a very diverting solo-with-chorus that is exceptional. Wonder Man is slight, but it's a fine showcase for its star comic.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/25/2012
UPC:
8809154131385
Original Release:
1945
Source:
Imports
Sales rank:
9,241

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Kaye Buzzy Bellew,Edwin Dingle
Virginia Mayo Ellen Shanley
Vera-Ellen Midge Mallon
S.Z. Sakall Schmidt
Donald Woods Monte Rossen
Steve Cochran Ten-Grand Jackson
Allen Jenkins Chimp
Otto Kruger District Attorney R.J. O'Brien
Edward S. Brophy Torso
Richard Lane Assistant District Attorney Grosset
Natalie Schafer Mrs. Leland Hume
Huntz Hall Mike the sailor
Virginia Gilmore Sailor's Girlfriend
Gisela Werbiseck Mrs. Schmidt
Eddie Acuff Actor
Luis Alberni Prompter
Leon Belasco Pianist
Deannie Best Actor
Karin [Katharine] Booth Actor
Alma Carroll Actor
Maurice Cass Stage Manager
Chester Clute Man on Bus
Noel Cravat Actor
Cecil Cunningham Barker
Harry Depp Actor
Eddie Dunn Cop
Ralph Dunn Actor
James Farley Actor
Mary Field Stenographer
James Flavin Bus Driver
Byron Foulger Customer
Karen X. Gaylord Actor
Ellen Hall Actor
Carol Haney Dancer
Charles Irwin Drunk at Bar
Eddie Kane Headwaiter
John Kelly Actor
Dorothy Koster Actor
Betty Lane Actor
Bob Mascagno Actor
Mary Meade Actor
Frank Melton Waiter
Grant Mitchell Mr. Wagonseller
Mary Moore Actor
William Newell Actor
Jack Norton Drunk in Club
Frank Orth Bartender
Allen Pinson Dancer
Nino Pipitone Actor
Albert Ruiz Actor
Susan Scott Actor
Sarah Selby Actor
Margie Stewart Page Girl
Ray Teal Ticket Taker
Nick Thompson Actor
Ruth Valmy Actor
Billy Wayne Actor
Chili Williams Goldwyn Girl
Martha Montgomery Actor
Jane Allen Actor
Charles Teske Actor
Walter Pietila Actor
Eddie Cutler Actor
Mickey Malloy Actor
Edward Gargan Policeman in Park

Technical Credits
H. Bruce Humberstone Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
McClure Capps Art Director
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Louis Forbes Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Don Hartman Screenwriter
Ray Heindorf Score Composer
Jack Jevne Screenwriter
Dan Mandell Editor
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Eddie Moran Screenwriter
Philip Rapp Screenwriter
David Rose Score Composer
Melville Shavelson Screenwriter
Arthur Sheekman Original Story
William Snyder Cinematographer
John Wray Choreography

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