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The Kid from Brooklyn Details


Danny Kaye's The Kid From Brooklyn is a virtual scene-for-scene remake of Harold Lloyd's Harold Lloyd (1936), with music and Technicolor added to the proceedings. Kaye is cast as timid milkman Burleigh Sullivan, who through a fluke knocks out prizefighting champion Speed McFarlane (Steve Cochran). Sensing a swell publicity angle, McFarlane's manager Gabby Sloan (Walter Abel) promotes Burleigh as the next middleweight champ-and to insure this victory, Gabby fixes several pre-title bouts. Unaware that his fighting prowess is a sham, Burleigh develops a swelled head, which alienates him from everyone he cares about, including his sweetheart Polly Pringle (Virginia Mayo). The truth comes out during the climactic title fight, but a chastened Burleigh emerges victorious thanks to a series of incredible plot twists. The strong supporting cast includes Vera-Ellen as Burleigh's sister Susie, Eve Arden as Gabby's wisecracking girl friday Ann Westley, and, repeating his role from Eve Arden, Lionel Stander as Speed's lamebrained trainer Spider Schultz. Danny Kaye does his best to play Burleigh Sullivan rather than Danny Kaye, though his efforts are undermined by the interpolated "specialty" number "Pavlova," which just plain doesn't belong in this picture. Like Harold Lloyd, The Kid From Brooklyn was adapted from the Broadway play by Lynn Root. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Danny Kaye
as Burleigh Sullivan
Virginia Mayo
as Polly Pringle
as Susie Sullivan
Steve Cochran
as Speed McFarlane
Eve Arden
as Ann Westley
Lionel Stander
as Spider Schultz
Walter Abel
as Gabby Sloan
Fay Bainter
as Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne
Clarence Kolb
as Wilbur Austin
Victor Cutler
as Photographer
Charles Cane
as Willard
Jerome Cowan
as Fight Ring Announcer
Knox Manning
as Radio Announcer
Kay Thompson
as Matron
Johnny Downs
as M.C.
William Newell
Al Hill
Frank Moran
as Fight Manager
Jack Norton
as Guest
Betty Blythe
Shirley Ballard
Lester Dorr
Mary Forbes
William Forrest
William Benedict
George Sherwood
George Chandler
as Reporter
Robert Strong
Billy Bletcher
Torben Meyer
Vonne Lester
Ralph Dunn
as Seconds
Eric Wilton
Jack Gargan
Jay Eaton
Billy Wayne
Billy Nelson
John Indrisano
as Boxing Instructor
James Carlisle
as Mrs. LeMoyne's Friend
Jan Bryant
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. LeMoyne
Dulce Daye
Sid Saylor
Joyce MacKenzie
Donald Kerr
Hal K. Dawson
Betty Alexander


Norman Z. McLeod
Samuel Goldwyn
Melville Shavelson
Frank R. Butler
Play Author
Don Hartman
Grover Jones
Play Author
Lynn Root
Play Author
Harry Clork
Play Author
Gregg Toland
Jule Styne
Jule Styne
Composer (Music Score)
Max Liebman
Max Liebman
Composer (Music Score)
Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn
Composer (Music Score)
Dan Mandell
Stewart Chaney
Art Director
Howard Bristol
Set Designer
Miles White
Costume Designer