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Wonder Man (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 1945 (UK)
After being murdered by gangsters, an exuberant nightclub entertainer returns as a ghost to persuade his meek twin brother to help bring his killers to justice.

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(as Bruce Humberstone)

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Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew
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Ellen Shanley
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Midge Mallon
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Monte Rossen
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Schmidt (as S. Z. Sakall)
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Chimp
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Torso
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Ten Grand Jackson
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District Attorney
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Asst. District Attorney
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Mrs. Hume
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Sailor
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Sailor's Girl Friend
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Policeman in Park (as Ed Gargan)
Alice Mock ...
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Storyline

Boisterous nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew was the witness to a murder committed by gangster Ten Grand Jackson. One night, two of Jackson's thugs kill Buzzy and dump his body in the lake at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Buzzy comes back as a ghost and summons his bookworm twin, Edwin Dingle, to Prospect Park so that he can help the police nail Jackson. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>, corrected by dondeanadelaney@gmail.com

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It;s Gala-Gala with Girls, Gaiety and that Goldwyn Glamour! (original poster)


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Un hombre fenómeno  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: This Is Overseas Program no. 913 TO FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN: Pictures exhibited in this theatre are given to the armed forces for showing in combat areas around the world. WAR ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY See more »

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Soundtracks

Otchi Tchorniya Number
(1945)
Music and Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited) with Leon Belasco (uncredited) on piano
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Kaye's Klassik!
19 September 2004 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This has always been my favourite Danny Kaye movie, it sustains the humour and story up to the end pretty well. All of his films are a roller-coaster for me: helpless tearful laughter one second, grim pained winces next, and WM is no exception to this rule, even though I love it. Perhaps he only needed a little more ... discipline in his comedy routines, to know when to stop, maybe at the 3rd joke stopped sneeze in a row etc. Sylvia Fine could have been a bigger help in this regard of course. On the other hand maybe we should be grateful for what we've got, and anyway in the end who'd really have wanted him any other way?

It may seem a little rough for the charismatic Buzzy Bellew to get murdered and come back as a ghost seeking proxy justice through the intermediary of his mono-zygotic twin brother Edwin Dingle, both comically played by Kaye. But this was just after the War and people generally weren't too sensitive at that point and didn't normally morbidly dwell on Sam Goldwyn's Technicolor fantasies. And that's basically all there is to it, a fine cast make the most of a good script. The special effects are OK but Time has wreaked its usual havoc on the actual film itself, and technology has also ruined us in the intervening years.

Favorite bits: Kaye repeatedly asking Cuddles in the delicatessen for a pint of Prospect Park; Kaye pretending he was in a pet shop (not a theatre) over the phone to Virginia Mayo; the sudden change into an operatic tenor; hearing Richard Lane's voice scything through everything. Bad bits: the Goldwyn Girls' one scene - no wonder Mayo stood out! The gaps in the mortals' conversation for the ghost to speak his lines was also too apparent - but hey, I said that I love this film!


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