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Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years

Danny Kaye delights in four of his earliest screen comedies, costarring with the lovely Virginia Mayo in three of them.

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4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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  • Entertaining (7)
  • Classic style (6)
  • Engaging (3)

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    5.0

    Wonderful Dose Of Technicolor Eye Candy

    By Max the Movie Maven

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Collector, Movie Buff

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    Pros

    • Classic
    • Engaging
    • Funny

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      • Entertainment
      • Everyone

      Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

      Thanks to the Goldwyn Company's loving care of their films this release does not suffer from using existing elements and not doing remasters this collection is in stunning Technicolor! Eye candy yes, and add Danny Kaye to the mix and you have some wonderful and classic films that show Hollywood and it's peak during the studio system! I had the honor to speak with Danny's wife Sylvia Fine many years ago and I was thrilled to tell her how much I loved her work and the talent of both her and her husband! I fondly remember seeing these films broadcast here on WPIX usually on Sunday afternoons! Thank you Warners for releasing these fun films on pressed disc!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      FOR SOME, THIS IS ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT

      By Bambi

      from California

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            Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

            For those that were exposed to any of these films as children (including as children during their 1970's repertory theater revivals), the four Goldwyn technicolor Danny Kaye/Virginia Mayo vehiles presented here are the gold standard of pure entertainment. Kaye came on the scene after Skelton and stole his thunder by adding complexity of character and a level of virtuosity to the proceedings. Kaye and Skelton, along with bandleader Spike Jones were the 1940's prototypical satirists in popular culture that may be credited with igniting what would be the spirit that opened the door for Milton Berle, Mad Magazine and other irreverence of the following decade, including aspects that led to the Beatnik revolution. I don't think enough has been said about how the saturation of Kaye's irreverent late-stage update of the Vaudeville aesthetic influenced what would decades down the line become manifested in the camp of Warhol, et al.

            Perhaps the inexpicable absence of these films during most of the DVD era may explain why Kaye's legacy is criminally unknown to youngsters today. Nevermind that there are tedious scenes of dated schtick in each of these films. Watching Kaye films over and over does require remote-in-hand to pass certain overbearing scenes. (For me, it's the mock-Balinese nightclub clowning and the recitalist allergic to flowers numbers in 'Wonder Man', the boxing-training scene midway through 'Kid From Brooklyn', and the endless love-call drum-chant opening musical number in 'The Song Is Born'.) Well, life ain't perfect, but the rest of these films are!

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            5.0

            Well worth the money

            By SMKS

            from Greater Cincinnati Area, OH

            About Me Danny Kaye Fan, Virginia Mayo Fan

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Classic
            • Entertaining
            • Funny
            • Sound quality
            • Video Quality

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              Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

              I had been looking at Wonder Man (alone) at another site but the reviews all mentioned poor video quality. When I saw this movie set (via Pinterest) I was excited to read good reviews of the sound and video quality of all four movies.

              We realized these are still classic movies and wouldn't be at the same sound and video quality as a movie released in theaters now. But for their age and the relatively low price, the movies are beautiful and the sound is fine (we sang along to most of the songs anyway :)

              The movies themselves are fantastic. Danny Kaye is one of our all time favorite actors, Virginia Mayo is in three of the four movies and is always gorgeous and really underrated in my opinion. And Vera Ellen is in two of the movies as well - very athletic in her dance style and sweet.

              Definitely worth the money. Really happy to have all four Danny Kaye movies on DVD for my kids to watch!

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              4.0

              4 Danny Kaye movies

              By bbryant

              from Rio Rancho, NM

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                Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

                These 4 movies are strickly for entertainment. Virginia Mayo and Vera-Ellen are very appealing. The movie "A Song Is Born" is a different kind of movie. "A Song Is Born" and "Wonder Man" have a little suspense and all have comedy.

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                5.0

                Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years

                By Sciu!

                from Reno, NV

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                • Classic
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                  Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

                  I have been a fan of DK since age 6. Now, my children love his movies.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  At last

                  By Movie lover

                  from Hemet, CA

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                    Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

                    I grew up in the 1940s and Danny Kaye was one of the funniest men in the movies. I have hunted for several of these movies for years, notably, Danny's first film, "Up In Arms". When I found it here it was a dream come true. When you toss in the other 3 films it is a treasure trove.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Stunning Collection

                    By dance on film

                    from Orange County, CA

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                      Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

                      The transfer of these 4 films by Warner Archive is pristine. I already have 2 of them on Laser Disc but these DVDs are as good as - if not better than - the LD versions. The glorious Technicolor of the day nearly knocks your eyes out in these films. I only wish that other home entertainment suppliers cared about their films the way that Warner Archive does. Congratulations on a must-have collection for film musical and Danny Kaye fans.

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                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Correction on my last review

                      By Greg

                      from Detroit Michigan

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                        Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

                        I have to rewrite my review. I made a mistake in my last review of wonder man. Wonder man doesn't have a spoof dancer in it spoofing Elainor Powell, that was in a different film actually and Eddie Cantor film. Wonderland is still an interesting quirky movie with laughs and special effects in the movie, which are somewhat dated, but likely state of the art back then. Danny Kaye And the jazz singers are great in the other movie I mentioned in my other review with his costar being excellent as well. I've seen the laserdisc for wonder man and other movies in this collection from other media, not Warner Archive. I'm sure the Archive media will be a step up from what I've seen. It often is. Id still say that the price of the collection is very affordable, considering I'd likely pay almost that price for just A Song Is Born, with it's own screwy comical take on professors studying music and jazz in particular. Having Jazz and big band greats in a movie and hearing a sampling of their talent in music makes this an especially cool movie piece of history.

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                        5.0

                        Laserdisc review, before I get the DVD

                        By Greg

                        from Detroit area

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                        Pros

                        • Entertaining
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                          Comments about Danny Kaye: Goldwyn Years:

                          I don't have this product yet, but have seen the movies. I have Laserdisc versions of WonderMan which is a kind of strange comedy, but has some good stuff in it. Interesting comedy plot and actually a great (uncredited) dancer who does a spoof of a famous tap dancer (Elinor Powell). The other movies are great films as well, nice comedy from the old days. A Song Is Born has some corny parts, but the music played and special appearances by real jazz musicians makes this a real treat. I only wish there was even more music. I'd almost pay the set price for just "A Song is Born". Even though I own these on Laserdisc or another format I'll gladly purchase these official DVD releases.

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