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Knock on Wood (1954)

Passed | | Comedy | July 1954 (USA)
Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and ... See full summary »
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Jerry Morgan / Papa Morgan / Clarence
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Dr. Ilse Nordstrom
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Godfrey Langston
David Burns ...
Marty Brown
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Laslo Gromeck
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Maurice Papinek
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Car Salesman
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Brodnik
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Dr. Kreuger
Diana Adams ...
Princess Maya
Patricia Denise ...
Mama Morgan
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Audrey Greene
Paul England ...
Chief Inspector Wilton
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Langston's Secretary
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Second Trenchcoat Man
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Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and jealous. His fiancée Audrey leaves him and Jerry smashes his two dolls, Clarence and Terrence. Morgan's doll maker Papinek is a member of a spy ring who has stolen secret plans to the top secret Lafayette airplane. Since Morgan is leaving for Zurich the same night, Papinek decides to use Morgan's dolls as a mailbox and hides the secret plans in the heads of the dolls. Another secret spy ring also wants to get their hands on Jerry's luggage and they *also* follow him. Eventually, Jerry is chased by both these organizations as well as the police, who suspects him of murder. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The No. 1 Song-and-Dance Clown at his best!

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July 1954 (USA)  »

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Agárrame si puedes  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although set in London, the film was mostly made on Hollywood studio sets. However, a second unit was sent to London to film backgrounds, and in these scenes a double was used for Danny Kaye, mostly filmed from behind or from a distance. The double was in fact a well-known British actor and comedian, Jon Pertwee. This may account for the fact that a character called "Sir Pertwee" appears in Kaye's subsequent film The Court Jester (1955), also made by the team of Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. See more »

Goofs

Danny Kaye's character turns a corner on Oxford Street and appears on Ludgate Hill, a mile away. See more »

Quotes

Marty Brown: Please, don't say "stomach."
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Connections

Referenced in Big Time Operators (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Monahan O'Han
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye, Phil Tully and others in the bar
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One of Danny Kaye's funniest
14 January 2004 | by (Van Nuys, California) – See all my reviews

This, in my opinion, is one of Kaye's funniest performances, showcasing his comedic, singing, and dancing talents to the fullest. Not to be missed is the movie's finale, where Kaye finds himself on the stage of a London ballet as the leading dancer while simultaneously trying to escape from the baddies.


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