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Kaye with Ann Rutherford, Florence Bates, and Fay Bainter in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (1947), an elaborate Samuel Goldwyn adaptation of the James Thurber short story about a man who daydreams of glory.

Memorable Quotations:

  • "You're happy for the wrong reasons and that's the same as being lonely and miserable except it's worse." --as Phil Davis in WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954).
  • "My dear partner, when what's left of you gets around to what's left to be gotten, what's left to be gotten won't be worth getting, whatever it is you've got left." --as Phil Davis in WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954).
  • "No, Countess.  The world has changed.  The garbage has changed." --as The Ragpicker in THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT (1969).
  • "The world is being taken over by the pimps." --as The Ragpicker in THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT (1969).
  • "Only the rich can afford morals." --as The Ragpicker in THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT (1969).


In a scene with Virginia Mayo from A SONG IS BORN (1948) , the last of their five films together. Directed by Howard Hawks, this film was a musical remake Hawks' 1941 comedy BALL OF FIRE, and featured musical guest stars Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet, Lionel Hampton, and Tommy Dorsey.


With Vera-Ellen, Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby in WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954), a now-classic holiday musical featuring supporting players Dean Jagger and Mary Wickes as well as songs by Irving Berlin.

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Further Reading:

  • Nobody's fool: the lives of Danny Kaye by Martin Gottfried (New York: Simon & Schuster, c1994).
  • The secret life of Danny Kaye by Michael Freedland (New York: St. Martin's Press, c1985).

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