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20 May 1963 (Sweden) See more »
The wildest screen comedy of the year!
An employee at Diner's Club issues a credit card to a well-known mobster and has to retrieve it in order to keep his job. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Danny Kaye ... Ernest Klenk

Cara Williams ... Sugar Pye

Martha Hyer ... Lucy

Telly Savalas ... Foots Pulardos

Everett Sloane ... Mr. Martindale
Kaye Stevens ... Bea Frampton

Howard Caine ... Claude Bassanio

George Kennedy ... George

Jay Novello ... Mooseghian

Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Ella Trask

Ronald Long ... Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Henry Beckman ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Close ... Patrolman Charlie Kinley (uncredited)
Critt Davis ... Florist Driver (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Francis ... Comet Messenger (uncredited)

John Hart ... Motorcycle Patrolman (uncredited)

Bernie Kopell ... Comet Messenger (uncredited)
Shepard Menken ... Reservation Clerk (uncredited)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Beatnik (uncredited)
Ken Strange ... Motorcycle Patrolman (uncredited)
Lizanne Truex ... Beatnik (uncredited)
Paul von Schreiber ... Beatnik (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Tashlin 
Writing credits
William Peter Blatty (screenplay) (as Bill Blatty)

William Peter Blatty (story) (as Bill Blatty) and
John Fenton Murray (story)

Produced by
William Bloom .... producer (as Bill Bloom)
Original Music by
Stu Phillips (music)
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon (film editor)
Art Direction by
Don Ament 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Costume Design by
Pat Barto 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Other crew
Carl Shain .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min | USA:91 min (Cinemax)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Persistent rumors (never confirmed) about this film suggest that it was originally intended as a vehicle for Jerry Lewis and ended up starring Danny Kaye instead. Lewis made many films with director Frank Tashlin, and the previous year they had had a success (written by John Fenton Murray, who also worked on this film) with "It's Only Money". Many critics noted that the physical comedy involved in this film would have seemed more suited to a younger man than the 50-year-old Kaye - Lewis was 13 years his junior.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the closing chase scene, when the boss pulls away from the church, several crew members are reflected in the side of the car, including someone wearing very white shoes.See more »
Spinster:There's a dumb body in my dead waiter!See more »
Movie Connections:
References From Here to Eternity (1953)See more »
How Dry I AmSee more »


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The same set of feet, 13 February 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although another viewer said that Danny Kaye looks like he was doing something originally meant for Jerry Lewis, The Man From The Diner's Club actually is taken part and parcel from the Bob Hope comedy Alias Jesse James.

In the Hope film he plays a life insurance salesman who sells a policy to Jesse James and spends the whole film trying to get it back and rescinded. In this film Kaye works at the Diner's Club Credit Card company and accidentally okays a credit card for gangster Telly Savalas.

Savalas has enough of his own problems, his American assets are frozen in lieu of an income tax liability and he's trying to flee the country to Mexico where he's got cash stashed away. Savalas has a distinct physical trait in that he's got one foot a size 10 and the other a size 11. He's got a guy picked out for a homicide with the same characteristics who goes and gets killed in traffic accident.

But when Kaye comes to call about the Diner's Club card, Savalas notices he has the same set of feet. Another pigeon, but Kaye in his usual bumbling way manages to get through it all.

The Man From The Diner's Club sports a good supporting cast in Martha Hyer who is so beautiful you can't conceive of a bumbling Danny Kaye getting anywhere near here. Cara Williams plays a nice part as Savalas's brain dead moll and she has a terrific drunk scene. George Kennedy plays a similarly brain dead muscle guy for Savalas and he shows a nice flair for comedy that rarely was utilized in his career. Everett Sloane is Kaye's excitable boss and Martin Caine is his sneaky rival in the company.

Kaye has some good moments in the final chase scene where just about the entire cast gets involved. His best moment is with Ann Morgan Guilbert who has designed a system for information retrieval on those old punch cards that computers back in the stone age utilized. Twice in the film the bungling Kaye flips a switch that sends a blizzard of punch cards spewing around the office. That bit was partially taken from the Tracy/Hepburn comedy Desk Set. In fact I think some of the set for that film's computer Emirac was used in this film also from Columbia.

It's not Danny Kaye's best film and it certainly was cobbled together from other sources, but I think his still legion of fans will be pleased with it.

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