On August 20th, Olive Films released “Knock on Wood” and “On the Double” on Blu-Ray for the first time ever!
Danny Kaye stars as a neurotic American ventriloquist performing in Europe. In a parody of the 1946 thriller Dead of Night, Kaye is unable to control the words coming out of his dummy, resulting in a near-nervous breakdown. His manager and best friend (David Burns) orders him to see a famous psychiatrist in Zurich. What follows is a zany adventure involving secret weapons, international spies and the beautiful Mai Zetterling (Only Two Can Play). This classic Danny Kaye comedy was written, produced and directed by the great team of Norman Panama and Melvin Frank (The Court Jester). Panama and Frank received an Academy Awardr nomination for their hilarious screenplay.
Danny Kaye headlines this wacky WWII comedy he plays a timid American soldier, Private Ernie Williams who bears a striking resemblance to a famous British Colonel. The Military Intelligence decides to use the poor chap as a pawn and recruit the naive soldier to impersonate the legendary Colonel, who’s highly targeted by the Nazi assassins. Co-starring Dana Wynter (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) as the Colonel’s suspicious wife, Diana Dors (Blonde Sinner) as the Colonel’s personal driver and mistress, Margaret Rutherford (Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple) as the Colonel’s crazy aunt, Jesse White (It’s Only Money) as Ernie best friend and Wilfrid Hyde White (My Fair Lady) as the Colonel overseeing the mission. This zany action-comedy with classic Danny Kaye routines was directed by Melville Shavelson (The Five Pennies).