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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 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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
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

Cast

Danny Kaye
as Buzzy Bellew
Danny Kaye
as Edwin Dingle
Virginia Mayo
as Ellen Shanley
Vera-Ellen
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
Eddie Acuff
Luis Alberni
as Prompter
Leon Belasco
as Pianist
Deannie Best
Karin [Katharine] Booth
Maurice Cass
as Stage Manager
Chester Clute
as Man on Bus
Noel Cravat
Cecil Cunningham
as Barker
Harry Depp
Eddie Dunn
as Cop
Ralph Dunn
James Farley
Mary Field
as Stenographer
James Flavin
as Bus Driver
Byron Foulger
as Customer
Carol Haney
as Dancer
Charles Irwin
as Drunk at Bar
Eddie Kane
as Headwaiter
John Kelly
Dorothy Koster
Mary Meade
Frank Melton
as Waiter
Grant Mitchell
as Mr. Wagonseller
William Newell
Jack Norton
as Drunk in Club
Frank Orth
as Bartender
Allen Pinson
as Dancer
Albert Ruiz
Sarah Selby
Ray Teal
as Ticket Taker
Billy Wayne
Edward Gargan
as Policeman in Park
Frank Melton
as Waiter
Eddie Kane
as Headwaiter
Leon Belasco
as Pianist
Carol Haney
as Dancer
Maurice Cass
as Stage Manager
Luis Alberni
as Prompter
Jack Norton
as Drunk in Club
Grant Mitchell
as Mr. Wagonseller
Allen Pinson
as Dancer
Eddie Dunn
as Cop
Chester Clute
as Man on Bus
Ray Teal
as Ticket Taker
James Flavin
as Bus Driver
Frank Orth
as Bartender
Mary Field
as Stenographer
Charles Irwin
as Drunk at Bar
Cecil Cunningham
as Barker
Byron Foulger
as Customer

Crew

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