Comedy-variety (1945 - 46)
red-haired, tongue-twisting entertainer invited his audience
of children, and adults alike, in an all-out, knee slapping
half hour of comedy fixed with musical acts. Danny Kaye,
born David Daniel Kaminski and a one of the first owners
of Seattle's baseball club, the Mariners, splashed onto
the scene in 1940 when he appeared in the Broadway smash "Lady in the Dark," which boosted his career.
Danny's career musical career was so demanding that he
had to play in a musical, "Two by Two," with a
broken leg that he suffered a day before, since he did not
use understudies. Nineteen-forty must have been a very interesting
year for Danny for that was the year that he met, and married,
Sylvia Fine,who then took immediate charge of Danny's career.
You could say that Sylvia defined Danny, who he himself
so eloquently put it "[Sylvia] has a fine head on my
Danny built such a following in the 1940s that even Samuel
Goldwyn, famous producer and partial owner of the movie
studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, jumped on Danny's "train."
Goldwyn was so smitten with Danny that he tried and tried
tirelessly for two straight years to sign Danny to contract
that stipulated that he strictly do Technicolor musicals,
which started with "Up in Arms." The contract
also specified that Danny be paid a whopping $150,000 per
film! This led to a string of musicals, one being the famous
partnership with Bing Crosby in "White
Christmas" in 1954; Danny served as a last minute replacement
for "Singing in the Rain" star Donald O'Conner.
Toward the latter end of his career and life, Danny made
a memorable appearance as a zany dentist on the "Cosby
Show." One of his most famous personal quotes goes,
"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you
can at it."