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Release Date:
9 October 1945 (Portugal) See more »
It;s Gala-Gala with Girls, Gaiety and that Goldwyn Glamour! (original poster)
Boisterous nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew was the witness to a murder committed by gangster Ten Grand Jackson... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A fresh faced faced Danny Kaye in his prime. See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Kaye ... Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew

Virginia Mayo ... Ellen Shanley

Vera-Ellen ... Midge Mallon
Donald Woods ... Monte Rossen

S.Z. Sakall ... Schmidt

Allen Jenkins ... Chimp
Edward Brophy ... Torso
Steve Cochran ... Ten Grand Jackson

Otto Kruger ... District Attorney
Richard Lane ... Asst. District Attorney

Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Hume
Huntz Hall ... Sailor
Virginia Gilmore ... Sailor's Girl Friend
Edward Gargan ... Policeman in Park (as Ed Gargan)
Alice Mock ... Prima Donna
Gisela Werbisek ... Mrs. Schmidt
The Goldwyn Girls
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Pelican Club Doorman (uncredited)
Luis Alberni ... Opera Prompter (uncredited)
Jane Allen ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Pianist (uncredited)
Deannie Best ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Alma Carroll ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Opera Stage Manager (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Man on Bus (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Pelican Club Extra (uncredited)
Noel Cravat ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... The Barker (uncredited)
Maureen Cunningham ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eddie Cutler ... Dancer (uncredited)
Loretta Daye ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Gloria Delson ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Pelican Club Extra (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Cop (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Cop (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Stage Hand (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Pelican Club Extra (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Miss Hutchison - the Police Stenographer (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Pelican Club Extra / Opera Patron (uncredited)
Phyllis Forbes ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Deli Customer (uncredited)
Aldo Franchetti ... Opera Conductor (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Ellen Hall ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Carol Haney ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Pelican Club Extra (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Drunk at Bar (uncredited)
Dorothy Jean ... Dancer (uncredited)
Grace Johnson ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Pierre - the Headwaiter (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Virginia Kepler ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Alice Kersten ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Dorothy Koster ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Barbara La Rene ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
Billie Lane ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Georgia Lange ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Janet Lavis ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Mickey Malloy ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Betty Marion ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Marley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bob Mascagno ... Dancer (uncredited)
Helen McAllister ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Helen McGowan ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Mary Meade ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Frank Melton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Pelican Club Extra (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Baldo Minuti ... Opera Singer (uncredited)

Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Wagonseller (uncredited)
Martha Montgomery ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Mary Moore ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Roseanne Murray ... Chorine (uncredited)
William Newell ... Pelican Club Extra (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Drunk in Club (uncredited)
Ray Nyles ... Dancer (uncredited)

Cathy O'Donnell ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Charlie - the Bartender (uncredited)
Walter Pietila ... Dancer (uncredited)
Allen Pinson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Nino Pipitone ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Albert Ruiz ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Susan Scott ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Sarah Selby ... Woman in Library (uncredited)
Georgann Smith ... Dancer (uncredited)
Alice Stansfield ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Pelican Club Extra (uncredited)
Margie Stewart ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Opera Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Charles Teske ... Dancer (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Doris Toddings ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Valmy ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Willard Van Simmons ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Wardrobe Man (uncredited)
Chili Williams ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Mary Jane Woods ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
H. Bruce Humberstone  (as Bruce Humberstone)
Writing credits
Don Hartman (screenplay) &
Melville Shavelson (screenplay) and
Philip Rapp (screenplay)

Jack Jevne (adaptation) and
Eddie Moran (adaptation)

Arthur Sheekman (original story)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
Original Music by
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (director of photography)
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
Karl Struss (director of photography) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
Art Direction by
Ernst Fegté 
Perry Ferguson (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (costumes)
Mary Grant (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Nina Roberts .... hair stylist
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup
Production Management
Harve Foster .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
McClure Capps .... associate art director
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound recorder
Larry Gannon .... sound (uncredited)
Arthur Johns .... sound effects (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... sound director (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects (as John Fulton)
Editorial Department
Doug Denis .... editorial manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... conductor: musical numbers
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator: musical numbers
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
David Rose .... music director (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Mitchell Kovaleski .... associate technicolor color director
John Wray .... dances
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (1952) | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:15 (1952) | UK:U (tv rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #10658) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Assistant art director McClure Capps was producer Samuel Goldwyn's son-in-law. His wife, Ruth Capps, was Goldwyn's daughter by his first wife, Blanche Lasky. However, that marriage ended so bitterly that Goldwyn never publicly acknowledged it and led people to believe his second wife, Frances Howard, was his only one.See more »
Edwin Dingle:I enjoy it here very much ... uh, I love the smell of leather bindings.See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A fresh faced faced Danny Kaye in his prime., 12 December 2004
Author: Scaramouche2004 from Coventry, England

I have always loved and admired Danny Kaye.

Although I agree his brand of zany comedy will not be everybody's cup of tea, his films (especially his early ones like this one) never fail in creasing me up.

He not only had singing and dancing ability on par with the greats, he had a distinct flair for comedy and performed it expertly not only through his lines and comic timing, but with his body and facial expressions, not to mention his rapid fire double talk and tongue twisters. A truly talented man.

Wonderman made in 1945 shows Kaye at his best in what was possibly his second or third movie appearance. In these transformation days from stage entertainer to movie star, he was able to bring his old acts from the circuits and transfer them to screen with ease, for a new and appreciative audience. Indeed one of the two characters Kaye plays in the film is a nightclub entertainer by the name of Buzzy Bellew not too far removed from the real Kaye himself.

The other character Kaye plays is Bellew's egg-head brother, straight as a die and sensible to the core, thus giving Kaye ample chance to show off both sides to his versatile talents.

When Bellew is murdered by the mob for knowing a trifle more than was good for him, he returns in ghost form to rope in his gawky identical twin brother, to take his place and bring the mobster to account.

The comedy is so funny at times that you fail to realize the real tragedy of the situation, a young man with a beautiful fiancé and successful life in front of him, has been murdered and dumped rather disrespectfully in the river in Prospect Park.

But hey....Bellew seems to be so cool and glib about the whole thing, that if he doesn't care too much about it I'm damned if I will.

Great musical numbers and (for it's day) state of the art special effects compliment the great comic turns delivered by Kaye.

Two funny lines to watch out for are:- "does the acoustic nerve run down that far?" and the powerfully sung, "Frankie SINATRA" in the final opera scene. Not funny written here but put in their correct places in the film they will have you bursting with laughter.

A simple formula, but a great movie that really works.

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