“THE BEST OF THE DANNY KAYE SHOW”— “Six uncut episodes of the Emmy-winning 1963-1967 variety show”

the best of danny kaye

“The Best Of The Danny Kaye Show”

 “Six uncut episodes of the Emmy-winning 1963-1967 variety show”

Amos Lassen

Danny Kaye was at the height of his popularity when The Danny Kaye Show debuted on CBS in the fall of 1963. A pair of Broadway hits “Lady In the Dark” and “Let’s Face It” and a succession of classic films including The Secret Life of Walter MittyThe Inspector GeneralKnock On WoodUp In ArmsThe Court JesterHans Christian Andersen, and White Christmas made Danny Kaye one of the biggest stars in show business.


His international humanitarian work for UNICEF, and sold out concerts at places like the London Palladium and the Palace Theater in New York, helped make Kaye a worldwide sensation. He won the Emmy Award for best variety performer in 1964, and the show was honored with three more Emmys, including outstanding variety series. 

The Danny Kaye Show was the perfect showcase for its stars unequaled range of talents. In this collection of six uncut episodes – available now for the first time – Danny sings with Ella Fitzgerald, Nana Mouskouri and Harry Belafonte. He sings and dances with Liza Minnelli and Gene Kelly, and deftly clowns his way through comedy sketches with Art Carney, Rod Serling, Jackie Cooper, and a certain perennially 39-year old legend of comedy, who makes an unannounced cameo appearance.

Also featured in this collection are Michelle Lee, Buddy Greco, John Gary, Joe & Eddie, Lovelady Powell and Alan Young. Series regulars include Harvey Korman, Jamie Farr, Joyce Van Patten and orchestra leader Paul Weston. 

Among the numerous gems found in The Best of the Danny Kaye Show: Danny conducting the Television City Philharmonic, a spoof of The Twilight Zone with Rod Serling, and performances of Danny Kaye classics “Pavlova” written by Danny’s wife Sylvia Fine and originally seen in the film The Kid From Brooklyn, and “Ballin’ the Jack” from On the Riviera. 

Danny’s other numbers include, “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “Pennies From Heaven,” and a rollicking duet with Harry Belafonte on “Hava Nagila.” 

Whether experiencing the joy that is Danny Kaye for the first time, or revisiting his extraordinary gifts, viewers of all ages will find the irresistible and legendary entertainer at the top of his game on The Best of the Danny Kaye Show. Below is a listing of what you will find on the two DVD set.

Disc 1:

Consider Yourself (from Oliver)

Bye Bye Blackbird

Cherry Pies Ought to Be You (from Out of This World)

Ain’t Misbehavin’ (from Hot Chocolates)

Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (from Top Hat)

Boo Hoo (You’ve Got Me Crying For You)

Children, Go Where I Send Thee

The Rain In Spain (from My Fair Lady) (parody)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

(You Got) Trouble (from The Music Man) (parody)

You Make Me Feel So Young

I Could Write a Book (from Pal Joey)

By Myself (from Between the Devil)

You’ll Never Get Away

Medley:I Could Write a Book (from Pal Joey), New York, New York (from On the Town) , Long Ago and Far Away (from Cover Girl) , ‘S Wonderful (from Funny Face), Singin’ In The Rain

Ballin That Jack

Side By Side

I Like the Likes of You

Do You Ever Think of Me

 

Disc 2:

Who Will Buy? (from Oliver)

Pavlova

Raindrops

Walk On

Mama Look a Boo Boo

Telalima

Opa Ni Na Nai

Gonna Build a Mountain (from Stop the World…)

Hava Nagila

Pennies From Heaven

For Every Man There’s a Woman (from Casbah)

Maybe This Time

Let’s Talk It Over

Just An Honest Mistake

Hawaiian Wedding Song

A Fellow Needs A Girl (from Allegro)

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing

We Like Each Other

Mood Indigo

Body and Soul

Moment of Truth

Satin Doll

Charade

Going Out of My Head

Medley: Where Or When, September in the Rain, New Sun In the Sky, Great Day, Happy Days Are Here Again

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