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Release Date:
21 March 1946 (USA) See more »
Shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan accidentally knocks out drunken Speed McFarlane, a champion boxer who was flirting with Burleigh's sister... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Kaye ... Burleigh Sullivan

Virginia Mayo ... Polly Pringle

Vera-Ellen ... Susie Sullivan

Steve Cochran ... Speed McFarlane

Eve Arden ... Ann Westley

Walter Abel ... Gabby Sloan

Lionel Stander ... Spider Schultz
Fay Bainter ... Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne
Clarence Kolb ... Mr. Austin
Victor Cutler ... Photographer
Charles Cane ... Willard
Jerome Cowan ... Fight Announcer
Don Wilson ... Radio Announcer
Knox Manning ... Radio Announcer
Kay Thompson ... Matron
Johnny Downs ... Master of Ceremonies
The Goldwyn Girls
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Handler Carrying Hogan from Ring (uncredited)
Betty Alexander ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Jimmy Ames ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Rudolph Andrean ... Dancer (uncredited)
Larry Anzalone ... Fighter Being Knocked Out (uncredited)
Shirley Ballard ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Enthusiastic Ringsider (uncredited)
Virginia Belmont ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Newsboy #2 (uncredited)
Jody Black ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... News Photographer (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Mrs. LeMoyne's Friend (uncredited)
Mabel Boehlke ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Bond ... Bystander (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Bystander (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Man in Window (uncredited)
Jan Bryant ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Alfred Burke ... Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Cargyle ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Mrs. LeMoyne's Friend (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Woman in Window (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Reporter in Hotel Room (uncredited)
Robert Wade Chatterton ... Man Lifting Up Susie (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Joe Eddelson (uncredited)
Dorothy Clarke ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
J.W. Cody ... Indian Chief (uncredited)
Michael Collins ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tony M. Conde ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Cronin ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Eddie Cutler ... Dancer - 'Old Fashioned' Number (uncredited)
George Davis ... Man in Window (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ... Bystander (uncredited)
Gill Dennis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Reporter at Train (uncredited)
Dan Drake ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Sullivan's Handler (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Bystander (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Man in Window (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Woman in Window (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Man in Window (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Ringsider at First Fight (uncredited)
Charles Fogel ... Bystander (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Guest (uncredited)
Almeda Fowler ... Bystander (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Milkman Getting Water (uncredited)
Gertude Gault ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Bob Gompers ... Dancer (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Arena Usher (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Newpaper Vendor (uncredited)
Donna Hamilton ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Knockdown Timekeeper (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Man in Window (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Title Fight Referee (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ... Dancer - 'Old Fashioned' Number (uncredited)
Jimmy Kelly ... Dancer - 'What's Your Name' Number (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Referee #1 (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Helen Kimball ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Ackerman (uncredited)
Vonne Lester ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Bystander (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Joe (uncredited)
Joyce Mackenzie ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Kenneth McAndish ... Dancer (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
Martha Montgomery ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Fight Manager (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Woman in Window (uncredited)
Diana Mumby ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Billy Nelson ... Sullivan's Ringside Retainer (uncredited)
William Newell ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Milkman (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Arena Callboy (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Timekeeper (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Handler (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Handler (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Man Reacting to Lion (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Butler (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Riggi ... Killer Kelly (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Kelly's Fight Manager (uncredited)
Albert Ruiz ... Dancer - 'Old Fashioned' Number (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Milkman Prankster with Ink (uncredited)
Charles Schaeffer ... Tony Scarlotti (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Ringsider at First Fight (uncredited)

Shirley Sharon ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Reporter (uncredited)
Rudolph Silva ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Simpson ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Girl Greeting Burleigh at Train Station (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Well-Wisher at Train Station (uncredited)
Kismi Stefan ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Robert Stevenson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Photographer (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... 1st Timekeeper (uncredited)
Steve Taylor ... Palooka (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Cop at Train Station (uncredited)
Virginia Thorpe ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Valmy ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Tyra Vaughn ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Selene Walters ... ? (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... E. Winthrop LeMoyne (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Reporter in Hotel Room (uncredited)
Barrett Whitelaw ... Bystander (uncredited)
Ulysses Williams ... Hogan (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... LeMoynes' Butler (uncredited)
Betty Yeaton ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
Writing credits
Don Hartman (adapted by) and
Melville Shavelson (adapted by)

Grover Jones (from a screenplay by) &
Frank Butler (from a screenplay by) and
Richard Connell (from a screenplay by)

Lynn Root (based on a play by) and
Harry Clork (based on a play by)

Ken Englund  additional sequences (uncredited)
Everett Freeman  additional sequences (uncredited)
Eddie Moran  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
Original Music by
Carmen Dragon (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
Art Direction by
Stewart Chaney 
Perry Ferguson 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol (set decorations)
Clifford Porter (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Miles White 
Makeup Department
Marie Clark .... hair stylist
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup
Production Management
Leon Fromkess .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
McClure Capps .... associate art director
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound recorder
Arthur Johns .... effects mixer (uncredited)
Arthur Johns .... re-recording (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special optical effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Shipman .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... clothes designer
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Carmen Dragon .... musical director
Louis Forbes .... music supervisor
Kay Thompson .... vocal arrangements
Frankie Laine .... singing voice: "fatso" (uncredited)
Elmer Raguse .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
John Indrisano .... technical advisor
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Mitchell Kovaleski .... associate technicolor color director
Bernard Pearce .... dances
Lelia Alexander .... research director (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn .... double: Danny Kaye (uncredited)
Billy Newell .... double: Danny Kaye (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #11292) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Movie Connections:
Remade as The Calcium Kid (2004)See more »
The Sunflower SongSee more »


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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Kaye Knocks The World Out, 9 January 2006
Author: Big from United States

If you are looking to see Danny Kaye in his absolute prime, look no further than "The Kid from Brooklyn". This film was the third made by Kaye during his first filming contract (MGM) and it's fresh and funny even now in 2006 for so many reasons. Having cut his teeth in "Up In Arms" and "Wonder Man", he appears more polished and his act has found its place. This is the film where he would "find his mark" and then subsequently hit a grand-slam with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".

Here is the Kaye most beloved by all -- the nervous, lovable milquetoast with a secret extrovert/entertainer side, incredible physical comedy and exuberance; a funny, fast-paced almost screwball script featuring the best on-screen partners Kaye would ever work with (particularly his unscrupulous manager and wonderfully deadpan Eve Arden); the always lovely Virgina Mayo as his love interest; and spectacular music/dance numbers, including his tongue-twisting "Pavlowa". This is Kaye bursting with energy, youth and vitality, on-top-of the world (literally) and knowing it. Kaye could literally do no wrong from 1940 - 1950, and this film captures the confidence and joie de vivre that can only come from knowing that the entire world worships every move you make and word you say. This was Kaye's time in the sun and he soaks up every ray and sends it into the camera.

In addition, this film benefits greatly from a more ensemble feel. Kaye is clearly the star, but there is balance with songs and dancing from other members of the cast. It's my opinion that his best work (if not the most memorable) came when he was still on the rise and had to take orders from the studio bosses. In his later films -- such as "Hans Christian Andersen" -- Kaye would have more control and would even exercise this control to eliminate "competition" from other actors by singing the songs written for other characters. In the "Kid from Brooklyn", we see a humbler, hungrier Kaye.

Also -- this is often overlooked -- the historical context of this film adds much to your enjoyment of it. Not only was Kaye on top of the world, but America was, having emerged victorious from WWII and with a booming economy. The optimism shines through in the songs, the dance, and especially the incredibly saturated, gorgeous color photography. This was a Technicolor picture when most films were shot in black and white (and would continue to be for the next 15-20 years!) and you sense that MGM wanted not just color on the screen, but C-O-L-O-R! Check out some of the outfits, particularly worn by Eve Arden -- they are almost overwhelming in their colorfulness and this adds to the fun. It's almost like watching a Disney cartoon, it is that colorful.

Add to it the period flavor -- the incredible costumes, the inherent dash and style of a bypassed era when even a milkman looked eye-catching -- and you can't help but brim over with fun watching this film. I have watched this many times in my life and here I am, a world-weary Generation Xer hitting 36 and I still let out a pure, spontaneous laugh at the non-cynical humor. This film is just funny and fun -- period.

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