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The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 21 March 1946 (USA)
After a timid milkman knocks unconscious a boxing champion who was accosting his sister, he decides to take up boxing himself in order to impress a beautiful nightclub singer.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Don Hartman (adapted by), Melville Shavelson (adapted by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Charles Cane ... Willard
Jerome Cowan ... Fight Announcer
Don Wilson ... Radio Announcer
Knox Manning ... Radio Announcer
Kay Thompson Kay Thompson ... Matron
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Storyline

Shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan accidentally knocks out drunken Speed McFarlane, a champion boxer who was flirting with Burleigh's sister. The newspapers get hold of the story and photographers even catch Burleigh knock out Speed again. Speed's crooked manager decides to turn Burleigh into a fighter. Burleigh doesn't realize that all of his opponents have been asked to take a dive. Thinking he really is a great fighter, Burleigh develops a swelled head which puts a crimp in his relationship with pretty nightclub singer Polly Pringle. He may finally get his comeuppance when he challenges Speed for the title. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Held des Tages 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 ringside announcer for Burleigh's first bout is played by Don Wilson, the announcer for 'The Jack Benny Program.' Jack Benny was a close friend of Danny Kaye's. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Let's Go to the Movies (1949) See more »

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Pavlova
(1939)
Words and Music by Sylvia Fine and Max Liebman
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited)
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Danny's up for the count
23 November 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Cute, silly very lightweight comic musical with Kaye antic as ever and an amazing array of wonderful supporting actresses.

As for the main story it's a bit of nonsense about beanpole milkman Danny somehow becoming a winning prize fighter after accidentally knocking out the reigning champ. As preposterous as it sounds, the cast still make it fun by playing the goofy situations straight faced.

About those supporting actresses. Eve Arden is acerbic and terrifically droll as a wised up gal with an astounding wardrobe and a way with a quip. Vera-Ellen in only her second film is youthful, fresh and she dances like a dream. She hadn't at this point succumbed to the over dieting that would make her emaciated with a frighteningly tiny waist and is buoyant and peppy. Fay Bainter is all fractured dignity as a society matron with a pugilistic bent and then there's Virginia Mayo sweetly charming and at the height of her beauty. They all perform expertly and since the film is shot in old style Technicolor they are all attired in primary hues which makes the screen alight with color.

Best for Danny's fans but a fun comedy for anyone who is willing to suspend belief for a couple of hours.


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