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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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 »

Soundtracks

Hey! What's Your Name?
(1946)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Vera-Ellen (uncredited) (dubbed by Suzanne Ellers (uncredited)),
Frankie Laine (uncredited) and male chorus
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Up there with Danny Kaye's best
20 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As has been said, it does help to like Danny Kaye in order to enjoy the film. However, along with other great Kaye vehicles such as 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', 'The Court Jester' and 'Hans Christian Andersen', those who didn't like him initially may find themselves converted.

The weak link of 'The Kid from Brooklyn' is the songs, pleasant enough and not awful certainly but none of them really are among Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn's better songs, with most of them being pretty forgettable after a few days. "Pavlova" is a gem this said and a great example of Kaye's tongue-twisting/pattering genius.

On the other hand, 'The Kid from Brooklyn' looks great, being beautifully shot in rich Technicolor and the costumes (especially Eve Arden's) are gorgeous. The script sparkles with wit and charm, also being devoid of the sentimentality that could mar some of Kaye's later work, and while some of the story is total nonsense you're just having so much fun and not having much care in the world to properly care.

Kaye is in his element, delivering a performance that's both hilarious and endearing.

He gets sterling support from his supporting cast. Whether in the glamour stakes like with Virginia Mayo and Vera Ellen, or in the snappy ones with Lionel Stander, Steve Cochran and especially sparkling Eve Arden. Fay Bainter is also along for the ride in less subdued form to usual (not a knock at all on the actress, just a comment on her usual roles).

In conclusion, very good and up there with Kaye's best. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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