Discovering that a ventriloquist is travelling to Zurich, a spy ring hides secret plans in his dummies' heads. When a second spy ring learns of the plans, they descend upon the ventriloquist, causing city-wide pandemonium.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Jerry Morgan / Papa Morgan / Clarence
Mai Zetterling ... Dr. Ilse Nordstrom
Torin Thatcher ... Godfrey Langston
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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The No. 1 Song-and-Dance Clown at his best! See more »

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Comedy

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Final film of Winifred Harris. See more »

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

Quotes

Jerry Morgan: Listen, if this keeps up you'll get us kicked out of Switzerland.
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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All About You
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Sylvia Fine
Sung by Danny Kaye and danced by him and Mai Zetterling
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Danny Kaye as a ventriloquist getting mixed up with Man Zetterling as doctor Nordström, a psychiatrist
22 January 2021 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

He also gets mixed up with two dummies, which he now and then gets into arguments with ending by his smashing them to pieces, so his doll fixer in Paris, Monsieur Papinek, gets very busy with Danny Kaye's doll destructions while at the same time he gets mixed up with some serious spying business, which eventually also involves the totally innocent Danny Kaye, since his dummies are used for smuggling state secrets. That's the beginning of the mess. Danny Kaye in almost all his films excels in getting immersed in unfathomably deep trouble, but somehow he always manages to extricate himself out of it as well, no matter how complicated the mess of circumstances gets. Here it starts in Paris, continues in Zürich and then ends up in London and even at a theatre with a tremendous ballet performance which almost brings the conductor to a nervous breakdown. There are many crooks here, and they are difficult to keep track of, while they gradually one by one are sorted out by constantly accumulating murders. I am afraid anyone could laugh himself to death by this film. It must be one of Danny Kaye's funniest if not the very funniest, and the virtuoso action will never keep you relaxed for a moment. Mai Zetterling though, with her wonderful blue eyes that Danny Kaye instantly falls in love with, seems to be the only one keeping rather cool, while ultimately even she is brought to some smiling by Danny Kaye's indefatigable desperation.


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USA

Language:

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Release Date:

July 1954 (USA) See more »

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Knock on Wood See more »

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Dena Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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