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Knock on Wood (1954)

Passed | | Comedy | July 1954 (USA)
Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Jerry Morgan / Papa Morgan / Clarence
Mai Zetterling ... Dr. Ilse Nordstrom
Torin Thatcher ... Godfrey Langston
David Burns David Burns ... Marty Brown
Leon Askin ... Laslo Gromeck
Abner Biberman ... Maurice Papinek
Gavin Gordon ... Car Salesman
Otto Waldis ... Brodnik
Steven Geray ... Dr. Kreuger
Diana Adams Diana Adams ... Princess Maya
Patricia Denise Patricia Denise ... Mama Morgan
Virginia Huston ... Audrey Greene
Paul England Paul England ... Chief Inspector Wilton
Johnstone White ... Langston's Secretary
Henry Brandon ... Second Trenchcoat Man
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Storyline

Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and jealous. His fiancée Audrey leaves him and Jerry smashes his two dolls, Clarence and Terrence. Morgan's doll maker Papinek is a member of a spy ring who has stolen secret plans to the top secret Lafayette airplane. Since Morgan is leaving for Zurich the same night, Papinek decides to use Morgan's dolls as a mailbox and hides the secret plans in the heads of the dolls. Another secret spy ring also wants to get their hands on Jerry's luggage and they *also* follow him. Eventually, Jerry is chased by both these organizations as well as the police, who suspects him of murder. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

The No. 1 Song-and-Dance Clown at his best!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Lachbombe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dena Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although set in London, the film was mostly made on Hollywood studio sets. However, a second unit was sent to London to film backgrounds, and in these scenes a double was used for Danny Kaye, mostly filmed from behind or from a distance. The double was in fact a well-known British actor and comedian, Jon Pertwee. This may account for the fact that a character called "Sir Pertwee" appears in Kaye's subsequent film The Court Jester (1955), also made by the team of Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. See more »

Goofs

Supposedly set in England, all of the cars on the streets of London are left-hand drive. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Morgan: Mr. Papinek, you're a Frenchman, and the French are supposed to know about these things. I'd like to ask you something. Now, how can you tell when you're really in love?
Maurice Papinek: [having fixed his dolls] Remember, you must not touch.
Jerry Morgan: Not even if you're in love?
Maurice Papinek: Not until the glue hardens.
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Soundtracks

All About You
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Sylvia Fine
Sung by Danny Kaye and danced by him and Mai Zetterling
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Kaye's Brilliance as a Mimic
6 May 2010 | by bartonsideSee all my reviews

This film is very special to me because when I left home to live in London in 1958, I saw this on my first evening in the city and, as I walked to the cinema, I realised I had not had to ask anyone if I could go or tell anyone where I was going! It was a moment of pure joy - I was free! Other reviewers have carped at the automatic sports car scene but I love this for two reasons: it is very well-constructed, very brief and only a great clown could have carried off. Secondly, Kaye uses his ability as a mimic to produce an impeccable English accent, something which very few Americans can manage (e.g. Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins).


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