The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and jealous. This is the first film produced by Dena Productions, Danny and Sylvia's production company. As a result, Danny was his own producer and was able to give himself a lot of leeway with ad- libs, though I am unsure how many ad- libs remained in the film or what they may be. Jerome and lyrics by Jack Scholl. Even the set up of Jerry being a neurotic ventriloquist with issues which cause him relationship problems again seems little more than another idea for Kaye to show case those talents of his whilst of course giving his a love interest. . Watching this made me realise that Kaye was always best when he had some one equally as talented alongside him or there was another character to really share the screen with and to stop it from becoming too reliant on Danny Kaye to make it all work.
Danny Kaye and David Burns carry some brilliantly funny dialogues. Such as when Danny Kaye tries to talk to his agent on whether or not he is crazy or peculiar. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and jealous. Perhaps it was only because I knew that bit of information ahead of time, but watching the movie, I felt I could sense that personality, as opposed to many of his other roles. This movie is full of wonderful scenes: the plane ride where Danny's character tries to prevent his friend from getting airsick, groggily walking into the hotel room of Mai Zetterling's character by mistake, ending up in the woman's shower room. Morgan's doll maker Papinek is a member of a spy ring who has stolen secret plans to the top secret Lafayette airplane.
While I don't think any film can top The Court Jester , Knock on Wood is certainly a hilarious movie with an interesting plot. His fiancée Audrey leaves him and Jerry smashes his two dolls, Clarence and Terrence. I, for one, loved this movie! For instance, there's a wonderful, slow dance between them as Danny sings a soft, romantic song. After the latest romantic disaster Jerry smashes his two dolls which means his doll maker Maurice Papinek Abner Biberman has some work to do. His fiancée Audrey leaves him and Jerry smashes his two dolls, Clarence and Terrence.
Capitalizing on the star's recent successful engagement in London, the film casts Kaye as a neurotic American ventriloquist performing in England and Europe. About Knock on Wood: Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. In any case, Knock on Wood was a well- received film. The Dummy Who Knew too Much Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan Danny Kaye is a nice guy who has no trouble in finding a woman, his trouble is keeping them as when ever things get serious his commitment issues come out with the aid of his dolls. The double was in fact a well-known British actor and comedian,. And to make matters all the more complicated the police suspect Jerry of murder.
Eventually, Jerry is chased by both these organizations as well as the police, who suspects him of murder. Eventually, Jerry is chased by both these organizations as well as the police, who suspects him of murder. Kurt Singer, author of The Danny Kaye Story, considered it the funniest of Danny's movies, even above that of The Court Jester. Written by Trivia Although set in London, the film was mostly made on Hollywood studio sets. His fiancée Audrey leaves him and Jerry smashes his two dolls, Clarence and Terrence.
At the same time, Jerry becomes unwittingly intertwined with spies and has to run from the police. What Jerry doesn't know is that Papinek is part of a spy ring who has hidden stolen secret plans to the top secret Lafayette airplane in the heads of his dolls as Jerry is flying out of Zurich. Since Morgan is leaving for Zurich the same night, Papinek decides to use Morgan's dolls as a mailbox and hides the secret plans in the heads of the dolls. I won't tell you how it goes but it's very cool the way his agent lets him know. This film was also an attempt to let Danny's personality filter through the movie, unlike many of his pervious films with other studios. It was written, directed, and produced by the same people responsible for The Court Jester, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank. There is just so much going on in the movie.
While working at his summer job, Dexter meets a new friend Ed and the restaurant competes with a giant fast food chain across the street. The trouble is that the storyline which sees Jerry Morgan becoming the unknowing attention of various spy organizations as well as the police ends up weak with it being little more than a vehicle to show case the extended talents of Danny Kaye. Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has failed with another love affair. Since Morgan is leaving for Zurich the same night, Papinek decides to use Morgan's dolls as a mailbox and hides the secret plans in the heads of the dolls. In a parody of the 1946 thriller Dead of Night, Kaye is unable to control the words coming out of his dummy, resulting in a near-nervous breakdown. Martin Gottfried, author of Nobody's Fool, on the other hand, thought this movie was mediocre at best.
But it isn't just the spy ring which Papinek is involved in which starts following Jerry as another group of spies who want the plans also start following him. This is a really good family movie where everyone will enjoy it. And Danny's romance with Mai Zetterling's character is a serious one, more so than the earlier Goldwyn films ever brought across. Morgan's doll maker Papinek is a member of a spy ring who has stolen secret plans to the top secret Lafayette airplane. Jerry's manager Marty threatens to quit unless Jerry sees a psychiatrist, Ilse Nordstrom Zetterling , who tries to discover the source of his problem.