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Wonder Man (1945)

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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... See full summary »

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District Attorney
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Mrs. Hume
Huntz Hall ...
Sailor
Virginia Gilmore ...
Sailor's Girl Friend
Edward Gargan ...
Policeman in Park (as Ed Gargan)
Alice Mock ...
Prima Donna
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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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Release Date:

9 October 1945 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Csuda pasi  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The giant vases in the set of the Pelican Club were a last-minute inspiration of art director Ernst Fegté. He had originally commissioned legendary sculptor Tony Duquette to do large statues for the set, but producer Samuel Goldwyn, who'd approved the sketches of Duquette's sculptures, decided he didn't like them once they were actually built. Eventually Fegte arranged to sell Duquette's sculptures to MGM and thought of using the giant vases to replace them. See more »

Quotes

Edwin: I don't want to go to Brooklyn. You can't make me. I don't *want* to go to Brooklyn.
Bus Driver: None of us want to, bud, but we all gotta go sooner or later.
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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 in combat areas around the world. WAR ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY" See more »


Soundtracks

Bali Boogie
(1945)
Music and Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited) and Vera-Ellen (uncredited) (dubbed by June Hutton (uncredited))
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The Best Of Danny Kaye
21 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the confusing name of this movie, this is actually a top notch ghost story with a twin brother who gets killed and then has to use his living brother to finish his earthly business. Kaye is in top form as he portrays two different characters. As some sort of precursor to Quantum Leap, Kaye is visited by the ghost of his brother who only he can see and hear. Forced out of his rigid and safe world of libraries and research, he has to enter his brother's world of drinking, performing and gangsters. The clashes and confusion of style are much of the humor as lovely Virginia Mayo shifts from loving him to hating him to worrying about him. The somewhat out-dated comedy bits and entertainment peices still work today as does the little mystery story that hides on the background. The movie ends up with Kaye turning an opera upside down with his unusual style for flair, timing and nimbleness. It's still a very wonderful movie for anyone to see.


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