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Don Hartman (original screenplay) &
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Release Date:
27 March 1944 (Brazil) See more »
Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Kaye ... Danny Weems

Dinah Shore ... Virginia

Dana Andrews ... Joe
Constance Dowling ... Mary Morgan
The Goldwyn Girls ... Dancing Ensemble
Knox Manning ... Narration (voice)

Louis Calhern ... Colonel Ashley
George Mathews ... Blackie
Benny Baker ... Butterball

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Info Jones

Lyle Talbot ... Sgt. Gelsey
Walter Catlett ... Major Brock
George Meeker ... Ashley's Aide

Tom Keene ... Ashley's Aide (as Richard Powers)

Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Willoughby
Donald Dickson ... Singer at Dock
Charles Arnt ... Mr. Higginbotham

Charles Halton ... Dr. Roger B. Freyheisen
Tom Dugan ... Pitchman
Sig Arno ... Waiter
Harry Hayden ... Dr. Weavermacher
Charles D. Brown ... Mr. Campbell
Maurice Cass ... Dr. Jones
Fred Essler ... Head Waiter
Rudolf Friml Jr. ... Band Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maryon Adair ... Girl in Trailer (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Man in Midget Car (uncredited)
Betty Alexander ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Gale Amber ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Gloria Anderson ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Maxine Armour ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bonnie Barlowe ... Dancer (uncredited)
Al Benault ... Cop (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Draft Board Member (uncredited)
Betty Bryant ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Jan Bryant ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Alma Carroll ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Joan Chaffee ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Peter Chong ... Japanese Lieutenant (uncredited)

Linda Christian ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Boat Captain (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Thomas Cowan ... Theatre Doorman (uncredited)
Virginia Cruzon ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... Fish Vendor (uncredited)
Helen Darling ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Maxwell (uncredited)
Myrna Dell ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Sherwood - Draft Board Member (uncredited)
Maude Eburne ... Dowager in Cable Car (uncredited)
Lynn Eubanks ... Military Policeman at Dock (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Englishman on Theatre Stairway (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Spinster in Theatre (uncredited)

Benson Fong ... Japanese Sentry (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Ship's Engineer (uncredited)
Cindy Garner ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Garner ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Inna Gest ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Stanley Gilbert ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Jon Gilbreath ... Lieutenant at Dock (uncredited)
Renee Godfrey ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Ellen Hall ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Businessman in Theatre Lobby (uncredited)
June Harris ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
James Harrison ... Sentry (uncredited)
Eloise Hart ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Alex Havier ... Japanese Sentry (uncredited)
Ruth Herscher ... Homely Nurse (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Corporal of the Guards (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hyde ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Military Policeman on Cable Car (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Karen Knight ... Dancer (uncredited)

Audrey Korn ... Dancer (uncredited)
June Lang ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
George T. Lee ... Japanese Sentry (uncredited)
Rosalyn Lee ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Florence Lundeen ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Sailor (uncredited)
Mickey Malloy ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Virginia Mayo ... Nurse Joanna (uncredited)
Helen McAllister ... Dancer (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Doorman at Medical Clinic (uncredited)
George McKay ... Old Stevedore / Loading Dock Foreman (uncredited)
Dorothy Merritt ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Lorraine Miller ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Mary Moore ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Kay Morley ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Captain at Dock (uncredited)
Diana Mumby ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
David Newell ... Captain at Dock (uncredited)
Lee Nugent ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Spinster in Theatre (uncredited)
Dorothy Patrick ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Shelby Payne ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph ... Black Woman in Cable Car (uncredited)
Terrance Ray ... Sentry in Hold (uncredited)
Marjorie Raymond ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joette Robinson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frosty Royce ... Bakery Man (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Nazi Spy in Theatre Lobby Number (uncredited)
Eleanor Shaw ... Dancer (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Draft Board Member (uncredited)
Leonard Strong ... Japanese Interrogator in Cave (uncredited)
Helen Talbot ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Dink Trout ... Startled Man in Cable Car (uncredited)
Diedra Vale ... Heavy Nurse (uncredited)
Ruth Valmy ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Ricki Van Dusen ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Charles Vincent ... Sentry (uncredited)
Alice Wallace ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Milkman (uncredited)
June Wayne ... Dancer (uncredited)
Virginia Wicks ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)
Matt Willis ... Sentry in Hold (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ... Businessman's Wife (uncredited)
Bruce Wong ... Japanese Sergeant (uncredited)
Audrey Young ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Elliott Nugent 
Writing credits
Don Hartman (original screenplay) &
Allen Boretz (original screenplay) and
Robert Pirosh (original screenplay)

Owen Davis (suggested by the character: "The Nervous Wreck")

Bernard Schubert  contributor to original story (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
Don Hartman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
James E. Newcom (film editor) (as James Newcom)
Art Direction by
Stewart Chaney 
Perry Ferguson 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Miles White (costumes)
Makeup Department
Nina Roberts .... hair stylist
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup
Production Management
Walter Mayo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director
Art Department
McClure Capps .... associate art director
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound recorder
Special Effects by
Ray Binger .... special photographic effects (as R.O. Binger)
Clarence Slifer .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... arranger: musical numbers
Ray Heindorf .... conductor: musical numbers
Howard Jackson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Daniel Dare .... dances directed by (as Danny Dare)
Daniel Dare .... dances staged by (as Danny Dare)
Richard Day .... technical advisor (as Lieut. Richard Day)
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Eunice Hatchitt .... technical advisor (as Lieut. Eunice C. Hatchitt)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director
Marvin C. Beck .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
D. Harms .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Hamilton Templeton .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Walter Voegler .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9782)

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This was the first time that Danny Kaye appeared with Virginia Mayo who went on to star with him in four additional films. She appears as one of The Goldwyn Girls.See more »
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Not Only Funny -- But Psychedelic FreakyWeird: Way Ahead of Its Time, 25 June 2006
Author: kent-wicker from United States

I just saw this for the first time. I'm an old Danny Kaye fan -- grew up with Court Jester & other DK films; always appreciated his particular genius.

I only saw the second half of this film -- but it just blew me away. Of course, it already features the trademark Danny Kaye combination of showmanship, clowning, doe-eyed sincerity, patter-songs and absolutely beautiful vocal control that others mention here. And that is truly impressive. Also impressive in this film is the playing with gender, which is something DK could always get away with, but here comes out as particularly hyper and intense.

But what really shocked me was how ahead of its time this film was. Made during WWII, and absolutely full of patriotism and wartime idealism, all somehow mixed together with the idealism of romance and home and family, this was clearly a 1944 deal, with fake-looking classic Hollywood sound stage warships and sea scenes. But it looks much more like something out of 1955 or, God help us, 1966.

They don't really hide from that sound-set fakeness, esp. in the truly weird dream sequences, and the whole thing ends up looking more like Bob Fosse than the WWII propaganda film it's also trying to be. These sequences feature sets and costumes in co-ordinated "hot" pastels, a bartender-cum-minister-cum-scat singer, and I kid you not a bright sky blue goat. This segues into a scene with intense women in skimpy black clothing (think Robt Palmer's "Addicted to Love" video from the 1980s meets a 1890's bordello), some of whom are mounted/pinned/crucifed on trees/crosses/black wings set on poles.

In front of this, Danny Kaye in a devilish red suit does some of the most pure and outrageous absurdities I have EVER seen him do -- phasing in and out like the young Robin Williams on cocaine, switching into and out of a pastiche of popular song styles, slang, scat and African-American impersonation as if he were a black guy pretending to be a white guy pretending to be a black guy pretending to be a black guy. (In most of this, he is echoed capably -- but not brilliantly -- by Dinah Shore.) He is manic and brilliant and so very American and post-modern.

He is also incredibly young, and looks quite a bit like some manic, visionary rock star of today. (He resembles a bit the young Sting or Billy Idol.) And esp. in those fantasy scenes, the intensity combined with the costuming and showmanship made me realize that DK can be seen in that line of intense musical innovators/showmen that includes Prince and probably Jack White of the White Stripes.

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