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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Steve Cochran. See more »

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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

Ellen Shanley: [Talking on the phone] But, I just have to talk to the District Attorney about a young man he arrested. He's not really out of his mind. I upset him because he's not used to girls.
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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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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Opera Number
(1945)
Music and Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited) and others
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light-hearted comic fantasy
18 January 2019 | by myriamlenysSee all my reviews

A fanciful, light-hearted comedy with cheerful dance numbers and jolly jokes. This means that the movie was pretty much the polar opposite to what had been happening in the real world for the last ten years or so.

The visual and special effects were superb for their time - they're still quite successful - but this was about the only aspect in which the movie was innovative and progressive. The general subject matter (twins and twin-related confusion) is as classic as can be, going back all the way to Antiquity. Moreover, the movie's denouement rests on one of the great staples of comedy and farce, to wit a royally messed-up opera performance. (Still, the person who wrote the lines "Choo-Choo.. Laverne... is.. is.. is... Minnie Smith !" deserved a pay rise the size of China.)

Well worth a watch, although the colours may seem somewhat harsh and gaudy to the modern eye.


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