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The Leonard Lopate Show – Dena Kaye Remembers Danny Kaye

The year 2013 marks the centennial of Danny Kaye’s birth, and Danny’s daughter Dena Kaye talks about the legendary entertainer’s career and Turner Classic Movies special 24-hour marathon of Danny Kaye’s films on January 20. He starred in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Hans Christian Andersen,” “The Court Jester,” and “White Christmas,” and won countless accolades during his lifetime including Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, The French Legion of Honor, The Kennedy Center Honors and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Turner Classic Movies Celebrates Danny Kaye on January 20th

Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the 100th birthday of classic film and television star Danny Kaye with a full day of programming on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Along with some selected television appearances, the channel will air 11 feature films starring the beloved comedian, who was born on January 18, 1913, and is probably best remembered today for his starring role with Bing Crosby in the holiday standard, “White Christmas” (1954).

The schedule begins at 6 a.m. Eastern with an episode of “The Danny Kaye Show” from 1963, followed by the 1944 musical, “Up in Arms,” costarring Dinah Shore and Dana Andrews. Kaye then stars with Pier Angeli in the musical comedy, “Merry Andrew” (1958). At 10:30 a.m., TCM offers another television appearance with Kaye on “The Dick Cavett Show” (1971).

More musicals and comedies fill the afternoon hours. At noon, Kaye stars with Virginia Mayo and Vera-Ellen in “The Kid from Brooklyn” (1946). Walter Slezak and Barbara Bates join Kaye for “The Inspector General” (1949) at 2 p.m. (see video for clip), followed by “Me and the Colonel” (1958) at 4 p.m. The afternoon wraps up with “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (1947), costarring Virginia Mayo and Boris Karloff, at 6 p.m.

Kaye still rules the day during the prime time and late night lineup, with one of his signature performances in “Hans Christian Andersen” airing at 8 p.m. “The Court Jester” (1956), widely regarded as one Kaye’s best comic films, begins at 10 p.m. and costars Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury. Kaye reunited with costar Virginia Mayo for the Howard Hawks musical, “A Song is Born” (1948), at midnight. TCM airs more of Kaye and Mayo at 2 a.m. in “Wonder Man” (1945). At 4 a.m., the Kaye festival concludes with “The Man from the Diner’s Club” (1963).

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Huffington Post – Danny Kaye’s Centennial Year: The Renaissance of a Renaissance Man

“I’ve GOT it! I’ve got it. The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true, right?”

“Right. But there’s been a change. They broke the chalice from the palace.”

“They broke the chalice from the palace?”

“Yes. And replaced it with a flagon.”

“A flagon?”

“With a figure of a dragon.”

“Flagon with a dragon. Did you put the pellet with the poison in the vessel with the pestle?”

“NO! The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon, the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.”

ANY MOVIEGOER worth his salt recognizes that classic exchange between Danny Kaye and Mildred Natwick as a witch, in the 1956 classic The Court Jester. (The scene, which went on for quite some time, with Kaye becoming increasing confused, can still reduce audiences to helpless laughter.) Continue reading

The LA Times – “Getting reacquainted with Danny Kaye”

By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2012, 9:15 p.m.

Dena Kaye is on a mission to reintroduce her father, Danny, to the world.

It may be hard for baby boomers who grew up watching Danny Kaye in movie theaters and on TV to believe that his legacy needs to be resurrected. But in the years since Kaye’s death in 1987, his films, once a staple on television, have all but disappeared and just a handful of his movies have been released on DVD. The 1954 holiday musical “White Christmas” and the 1955 masterwork “The Court Jester” are his only true perennials.

With the centennial of the comic actor-singer’s birth coming up in January, Dena Kaye thought that would provide “a hook around which to build events.”

“I realized there are generations who don’t know who he is,” noted Dena, 67, a journalist and TV broadcaster. “The job of the centennial is to reacquaint people with who he is. Ultimately, what is going to live on about my father is his work.”

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