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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 ... 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

Film debut (uncredited) of Marjorie Stapp. See more »

Goofs

When Gabby Sloan reads about Burleigh knocking out the Champ, the headline calls Burleigh a truck driver rather than a milkman as it does when every other character reads it. See more »

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

Soundtracks

An der schönen blauen Donau Walzer (The Blue Danube Waltz) Op. 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Hummed by Eve Arden several times
Played at the title fight
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Kid from Brooklyn-The Milkman Was On His Way **1/2
28 December 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Danny Kaye began to show his comic genius in this so-so film of 1946. He would star with his constant co-star Viginia Mayo. In this film, he plays a milque-toast milkman and often acts like he is ready to do Walter Mytty. He is mistaken for knocking out a prize fighter (Steve Cochran) and that's when the fun starts.

Cochran, managed by Walter Abel with a wise-cracking girlfriend, Eve Arden, tries to recruit Kaye to fight in the ring. Kaye is hilarious in the ring but it doesn't take a genius to note that the fights are fixed so that Kaye will win.

Mayo plays his love interest and sings delightfully. Vera-Ellen plays his charming sister and dances up a storm in a number called "Josie." To complicate the plot somewhat, Ellen and Cochran fall for each other.

Fay Bainter is a steal scener playing a patron of the arts who tries to spar with Kaye. The scenes with them doing this are hilarious.

The picture goes downhill as success spoils Kaye and he goes into inane musical routines.

The film is definitely for the lighthearted. Beautifully filmed in Technicolor.


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