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Knock on Wood(1954)

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  • Knock on Wood (1954)

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 9/24/14

    I bought this DVD on the strength of the amazing Court Jester, which was made two years later by the same pair of producers, screenwriters, and directors. Unfortunately, Knock On Wood is rather lackluster by comparison. There are a few good moments, but they are just that--moments. The car salesman bit was probably the best part but it was too limited a scene and far too brief. There is so much wasted film time with Danny Kaye running up and down streets, which isn't funny at all. Worse, most of these scenes were filmed with a stand-in (perhaps done in post-production when the producers realized they needed more run-time padding). I really wish everything could have clicked on this one and that the film had turned out much better than it had. Oh, well. 3/5 stars.

  • Knock On Wood - Danny Kaye

    • Joe Morgan
    • 12/31/12

    TCM has shown almost every other Danny Kaye film made, why not this one? You appear to have it in your library. Ths is one of his funniest!!

  • KNOCK ON WOOD

    • Bernard Kuszak
    • 7/8/10

    If you haven't seen this movie you should buy it sight unseen because it is a great Kaye movie. I rank it right up there with "The Court Jester." just check some of the posts on this thread and you'll see the ones that have seen it. love it.

  • I'm puzzled too

    • Donatella
    • 7/12/09

    Such an entertaining film, one of Kaye's best. Our local station used to air it regularly but decades ago. Yet another Paramount film (I referred also to the Henry Aldrich series earlier)which never gets aired, and for which no copies appear to be available.

  • It's Time For An answer

    • Rod Starling
    • 5/25/09

    Many fans have asked why Knock On Wood, starring Danny Kaye, is never aired by TCM whose website has no information from media or from its own archives. What's the story? Has the film been destroyed or lost? TCM has not answered the question as far as I can tell and I think that it is time that it did.

  • Why Doesn't TCM Show This Great Film?

    • Jay Barry Glenn
    • 11/27/08

    I've never understood why this movie hasn't been shown on TV for many years, or why it has never been available on home video. Bits from the film were included in a biography of Danny Kaye called "A Legacy of Laughter." Some of the scenes are priceless: such as when Danny Kaye impersonates a British car salesman, and an Irishman in a pub. Then, while being chased by both the police and the bad guys, he goes into a theater, ends up on stage, and takes the place of the lead male dancer in a ballet of sorts. No one today can come anywhere close to matching the dazzling talent of Danny Kaye.

  • Great Danny Kaye Classic.

    • John
    • 6/8/07

    A definite must see movie for the Danny kaye fan in your family. It matches the hilarity of the famous "Court Jester".

  • NO Movie like this one.

    • Kusz
    • 3/6/06

    This movie it just terrific, It's completely original and has to be one of Danny Kayes best performances. This ranks right up there with "The Court Jester." Read the TCM movie synopsis and you'll see that there is quite a lot of potential for Danny Kaye to do his best stuff. It has all the things that make him terrific in movies, song, dance, and especially quirky comedy at it's best.

  • This is like Court Jester Funny.

    • Bernard
    • 1/31/06

    If you like the court jester then you will more than likely enjoy this movie as well or more. It is definitely funny. If you can spell Brodnik then you're doing great. In order to enjoy that last line you must see the movie.

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