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Wonder Man (1945)

Approved | | Comedy , Fantasy , Musical | 1945 (UK)
After being murdered by gangsters, an exuberant nightclub entertainer returns as a ghost to persuade his meek twin brother to help bring his killers to justice.

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Don Hartman (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew
Virginia Mayo ... Ellen Shanley
Vera-Ellen ... Midge Mallon
Donald Woods ... Monte Rossen
S.Z. Sakall ... Schmidt
Allen Jenkins ... Chimp
Edward Brophy ... Torso
Steve Cochran ... Ten Grand Jackson
Otto Kruger ... District Attorney
Richard Lane ... Assistant District Attorney
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Hume
Huntz Hall ... Sailor
Virginia Gilmore ... Sailor's Girl Friend
Edward Gargan ... Policeman in Park (as Ed Gargan)
Alice Mock Alice Mock ... Prima Donna
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Storyline

Boisterous nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew was the witness to a murder committed by gangster Ten Grand Jackson. One night, two of Jackson's thugs kill Buzzy and dump his body in the lake at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Buzzy comes back as a ghost and summons his bookworm twin, Edwin Dingle, to Prospect Park so that he can help the police nail Jackson. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>, corrected by dondeanadelaney@gmail.com

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It's Gala-Gala with Girls, Gaiety and that Goldwyn Glamour! (original poster)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un hombre fenómeno See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The giant vases in the set of the Pelican Club were a last-minute inspiration of art director Ernst Fegté. He had originally commissioned legendary sculptor Tony Duquette to do large statues for the set, but producer Samuel Goldwyn, who'd approved the sketches of Duquette's sculptures, decided he didn't like them once they were actually built. Eventually, Fegté arranged to sell Duquette's sculptures to MGM and thought of using the giant vases to replace them. See more »

Goofs

For a couple of shots during their encounter at Prospect Park, it's obviously a body double for Danny Kaye as Buzzy. See more »

Quotes

Edwin Dingle: I want to explain about last night.
Ellen Shanley: Well, it better be good. Making me wait hours for potato salad and telephoning me and barking like a dog, meowing like a cat and hooting like an owl.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: This Is Overseas Program no. 913 TO FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN: Pictures exhibited in this theatre are given to the armed forces for showing in combat areas around the world. WAR ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY See more »

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Soundtracks

Bali Boogie
(1945)
Music and Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited) and Vera-Ellen (uncredited) (dubbed by June Hutton (uncredited))
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Fantastic
26 June 2004 | by ElgroovioSee all my reviews

I love this film! I can't believe that people can love Danny Kaye in such mediocre films as "Hans Christian Anderson" or "The Court Jester" and not even have heard of this one. Kaye simply steals the show as both a nervous book-worm and as his popular night-club performer brother. "Cuddles" Sekall is equally great with his rib-splittingly hilarious delicatessan-owner ("I ask you vot you vant?") and Otto Kruger also has a role in the film. A part to look out for is the part where the ghost of the murdered night-club performing brother Buster gets inside the body of his brother for the first time, making the shy book-worm start dancing all over the place insanely. The only thing that I would say is wrong with this film (and with many other Samuel Goldwyn films for that matter) are the ghastly scenes featuring the Goldwyn Girls. But this film does contain a very funny sequence in which Kaye sings Orci-cogna (I don't know how you spell it) only getting continuous bouts of hay-fever. Oh, and I certainly couldn't write a review on this film and omit the great opera scene at the end where Kaye ends up having to have to sing clues about a murder to the police. This film a rightly deserved oscar for best special effects, and was nominated for a few others including best song. All in all, a highly underrated film that is well worth seeing. Enjoy! 10/10


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