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One of the silver screen's greatest
Kaye's first film role was as a hypochondriac in the Army in UP IN
ARMS (1944), a musical comedy which also featured Dinah Shore, Dana
Andrews and Virginia Mayo (as a chorus girl). Mayo actually appeared with
Kaye in each of his first five films.
left is a still from their
second film together, WONDER MAN (1945), in which he plays twins, one a
musical comedy entertainer who gets bumped off by a gangster and frequently
comes back to inhabit the body of his brother, a quiet bookworm. Mayo is
his librarian girlfriend. Both the comedy and special effects hold up pretty
well in this one, making it a fun picture. Also featured in WONDER MAN
and S.Z. Sakall.
A poster from THE KID FROM BROOKLYN (1946),
another fun Kaye comedy, this time featuring him as a shy milkman named
Burleigh Sullivan who accidentally knocks out a prize fighter and gets
recruited to play a dupe champion boxer, all of whose opponents get paid
to take a dive for him. Thinking he's a real "Tiger," Burleigh
gets an ego which threatens to spoil his relationship with his nightclub
singer girlfriend, Polly Pringle (played by Mayo). Songs in this musical
comedy include "You're The Cause Of It All" and "Hey! What's
Remember this famous dialog from THE COURT JESTER (1956)?
Hawkins: I've got it! I've got it!
pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from
the palace has the brew that is true! (a 45KB .WAV file) Right?
Griselda: Right. But there's been a change:
they broke the chalice from the palace!
Hawkins: They broke the chalice from
Griselda: And replaced it with a flagon.
Hawkins: A flagon...?
Griselda: With the figure of a dragon.
Hawkins: Flagon with a dragon.
Hawkins: But did you put the pellet with the
poison in the vessel with the pestle?
Griselda: No!!! The pellet with the poison's
in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew
that is true!
Hawkins: The pellet with the poison's in the
flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is
Griselda: Just remember that.
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