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Wonder Man Details


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 Vera-Ellen), Danny's allergic rendition of "Otchi Chornya," and a wonderful vignette wherein Kaye imitates all the "inhabitants" of a pet shop. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1945


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Louis Forbes Best Score - Musical 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leo Robin Best Song 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Heindorf Best Score - Musical 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John P. Fulton Best Special Effects 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gordon Sawyer Best Sound 1945 Nominee


Danny Kaye
as Buzzy Bellew
Danny Kaye
as Edwin Dingle
Virginia Mayo
as Ellen Shanley
as Midge Mallon
S.Z. Sakall
as Schmidt
Donald Woods
as Monte Rossen
Allen Jenkins
as Chimp
Steve Cochran
as Ten-Grand Jackson
Otto Kruger
as District Attorney R.J. O'Brien
Edward S. Brophy
as Torso
Richard Lane
as Assistant District Attorney Grosset
Natalie Schafer
as Mrs. Leland Hume
Huntz Hall
as Mike the sailor
Virginia Gilmore
as Sailor's Girlfriend
Maurice Cass
as Stage Manager
Grant Mitchell
as Mr. Wagonseller
Luis Alberni
as Prompter
Albert Ruiz
Jack Norton
as Drunk in Club
Carol Haney
as Dancer
Leon Belasco
as Pianist
William Newell
Eddie Acuff
Frank Melton
as Waiter
Edward Gargan
as Policeman in Park
Eddie Kane
as Headwaiter
Dorothy Koster
Eddie Dunn
as Cop
Allen Pinson
as Dancer
Deannie Best
Chester Clute
as Man on Bus
Karin [Katharine] Booth
John Kelly
Cecil Cunningham
as Barker
Byron Foulger
as Customer
Charles Irwin
as Drunk at Bar
Ralph Dunn
Mary Field
as Stenographer
Harry Depp
Mary Meade
Sarah Selby
Noel Cravat
James Farley
Ray Teal
as Ticket Taker
Billy Wayne
James Flavin
as Bus Driver
Frank Orth
as Bartender


H. Bruce Humberstone
Samuel Goldwyn
Melville Shavelson
Philip Rapp
Don Hartman
Arthur Sheekman
Screen Story
Eddie Moran
Jack Jevne
Victor Milner
Louis Forbes
Composer (Music Score)
Louis Forbes
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ray Heindorf
Composer (Music Score)
Dan Mandell
McClure Capps
Art Director
Ernst Fegte
Art Director
Howard Bristol
Set Designer
Travis Banton
Costume Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
John Wray