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The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 21 March 1946 (USA)
Shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan accidentally knocks out drunken Speed McFarlane, a champion boxer who was flirting with Burleigh's sister. The newspapers get hold of the story and ... See full summary »

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Polly Pringle
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Susie Sullivan
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Speed McFarlane
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Ann Westley
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Gabby Sloan
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Spider Schultz
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Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne
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Mr. Austin
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Willard
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Shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan accidentally knocks out drunken Speed McFarlane, a champion boxer who was flirting with Burleigh's sister. The newspapers get hold of the story and photographers even catch Burleigh knock out Speed again. Speed's crooked manager decides to turn Burleigh into a fighter. Burleigh doesn't realize that all of his opponents have been asked to take a dive. Thinking he really is a great fighter, Burleigh develops a swelled head which puts a crimp in his relationship with pretty nightclub singer Polly Pringle. He may finally get his comeuppance when he challenges Speed for the title. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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1.37 : 1
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When this film was shown on Turner Classic Movies, Danny Kaye's daughter Dena Kaye said that her father said the hardest thing about this movie was learning to appear so bad as a boxer, stating that "being good enough to act inept" was the hardest acting he had ever done. See more »

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Virginia Mayo's character name is listed as "Polly Pringle" in the onscreen credits, but she is called "Polly Martin" in the movie. See more »

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Remake of The Milky Way (1936) See more »

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The Sunflower Song
(1946)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by The Goldwyn Girls (uncredited)
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Kid from Brooklyn-The Milkman Was On His Way **1/2
28 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Danny Kaye began to show his comic genius in this so-so film of 1946. He would star with his constant co-star Viginia Mayo. In this film, he plays a milque-toast milkman and often acts like he is ready to do Walter Mytty. He is mistaken for knocking out a prize fighter (Steve Cochran) and that's when the fun starts.

Cochran, managed by Walter Abel with a wise-cracking girlfriend, Eve Arden, tries to recruit Kaye to fight in the ring. Kaye is hilarious in the ring but it doesn't take a genius to note that the fights are fixed so that Kaye will win.

Mayo plays his love interest and sings delightfully. Vera-Ellen plays his charming sister and dances up a storm in a number called "Josie." To complicate the plot somewhat, Ellen and Cochran fall for each other.

Fay Bainter is a steal scener playing a patron of the arts who tries to spar with Kaye. The scenes with them doing this are hilarious.

The picture goes downhill as success spoils Kaye and he goes into inane musical routines.

The film is definitely for the lighthearted. Beautifully filmed in Technicolor.


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