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Me and the Colonel (1958)

 -  Comedy | War  -  October 1958 (USA)
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Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England. Jurgens learns to appreciate Kaye, despite their ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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S.L. Jacobowsky
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Colonel Prokoszny (as Curt Jurgens)
Nicole Maurey ...
Suzanne Roualet
Françoise Rosay ...
Madame Bouffier (as Francoise Rosay)
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Szabuniewicz
Martita Hunt ...
Mother Superior
Alexander Scourby ...
Major Von Bergen
Liliane Montevecchi ...
Cosette
Ludwig Stössel ...
Dr. Szicki (as Ludwig Stossel)
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German Captain (as Gerard Buhr)
Franz Roehn ...
Monsieur Girardin
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Mme. Arle
Clément Harari ...
Man of the Gestapo (as Clement Harari)
Alain Bouvette ...
Rothschild's Chauffeur
Albert Godderis ...
M. Gravat
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Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England. Jurgens learns to appreciate Kaye, despite their competition for the same woman, and together they outwit their pursuers. Written by Nicholas Palmer <76276.2147@compuserve.com>

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October 1958 (USA)  »

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Ego kai o syntagmatarhis  »

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The Broadway musical, The Grand Tour, was based on this film. Joel Grey played the Danny Kaye role of S. L. Jacobowsky and 'Ron Holgate' played Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky. Opening at the Palace Theatre in NYC, it ran only 61 performances in 1979. That same year on Broadway, Sweeney Todd, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and They're Playing Our Song also premiered. It is memorable for its lyrics by 'Jerry Herman'. It was up for a Tony Award for best original score, best leading actor in a musical and best featured actor in a musical, winning nothing against such steep competition. See more »

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Although the story takes place in 1940, all of Nicole Maurey's hairstyles and costumes are strictly in the 1958 mode. See more »

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A Danny Kaye movie that more than stands the test of time
6 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie, well made and well acted, that gives us the chance to get to know the characters as the story unfolds.

As the movie begins, the setting in Paris as the Nazi army takes power in World War II is a familiar one. We're given a gentle introduction to Danny Kaye's character, one S.L. Jacobowsky, as he copes with the privations of wartime and finds creative ways around them.

The familiar setting also gives this movie more of a timeless feel than some of Danny Kaye's "camp" films such as The Court Jester (which I nonetheless put in my system recently while testing new connections and then sat down to watch to the end.)

I'm a great fan of Danny Kaye the entertainer, including the shtick (usually), but I like this movie precisely because it shows a side of his talents that we saw in only a handful of films, and perhaps on his television show. So sit back and relax and stop worrying the movie will dissolve into one of those camp musicals - it won't.

This is a wonderful role for Curd Jürgens as well, though almost anything I say would be telling too much. Nicole Maurey does a lovely job filling out the list of main characters.


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