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The Best Danny Kaye Movies  

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List of the best Danny Kaye movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Danny Kaye's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Danny Kaye movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Danny Kaye movies will be at the top of the list. Danny Kaye has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Danny Kaye movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Danny Kaye films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Danny Kaye role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Danny Kaye performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List includes The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Inspector General and more.

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The Court Jester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Angela Lansbury, Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone
The Court Jester is a 1955 musical-comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker. The movie was co-written, co-directed, and co-produced by ...more
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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film ...more
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The Inspector General is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart
The Inspector General is a 1949 Technicolor musical comedy film. It stars Danny Kaye and was directed by Henry Koster. The film also stars Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart, Barbara Bates, Elsa ...more
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitt... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Boris Karloff, Danny Kaye, Ann Rutherford
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 1947 Technicolor comedy film, loosely based on the short story of the same name by James Thurber. The film stars Danny Kaye as a young daydreaming proof ...more
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Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, John Qualen
Hans Christian Andersen is a 1952 Hollywood musical film directed by Charles Vidor, with lyrics and music by Frank Loesser. The story was by Myles Connolly, screenplay written by Moss Hart and ...more
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The Five Pennies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Louis Armstrong, Tuesday Weld, Danny Kaye
The Five Pennies was a semi-biographical 1959 film starring Danny Kaye as cornet player and bandleader Loring Red Nichols. Other cast members included Barbara Bel Geddes, Harry Guardino, Bob ...more
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Wonder Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen
Wonder Man is a 1945 musical film starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. It is based on a short story by Arthur Sheekman, adapted for the screen by a staff of writers led by Jack Jevne and Eddie ...more
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A Song Is Born is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Louis Armstrong, Danny Kaye, Benny Goodman
A Song Is Born is a 1948 Technicolor musical film remake of the 1941 movie Ball of Fire with Gary Cooper, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. It was directed by Howard Hawks from an original ...more
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The Kid from Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Eve Arden, Virginia Mayo
The Kid from Brooklyn is a 1946 American musical comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen, Steve Cochran, Walter Abel, Eve Arden, and Fay ...more
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Me and the Colonel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Curd Jürgens, Akim Tamiroff
Me and the Colonel is a 1958 film based on the play Jacobowsky und der Oberst by Franz Werfel. It was directed by Peter Glenville and stars Danny Kaye, Curt Jürgens and Nicole Maurey. Kaye ...more
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Up in Arms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore
Up in Arms is a film directed by Elliott Nugent released on Mar 27, 1944.
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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Flip Wilson, Sandy Duncan
Pinocchio is a 1976 TV movie.
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The Emperor's New Clothes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Cyril Ritchard
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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Mia Farrow, Danny Kaye
Peter Pan was a 1976 musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, produced for television as part of the "Hallmark Hall of Fame", starring Mia ...more
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Knock on Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Torin Thatcher, Leon Askin
Knock on Wood is a 1954 comedy starring Danny Kaye and Mai Zetterling. Other actors in the film include Torin Thatcher, David Burns, and Leon Askin. The film was written and directed by Melvin ...more
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Merry Andrew is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Pier Angeli
Merry Andrew is a 1958 American musical film directed and choreographed by Michael Kidd and starring Danny Kaye. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart and I.A.L. Diamond is based on the short story ...more
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On the Double is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Diana Dors, Dana Wynter
On The Double is a 1961 film, directed by Melville Shavelson, who also wrote the screenplay with Jack Rose. It stars Danny Kaye who plays, as in many of his films, two roles — in this case, an ...more
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On the Riviera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Gene Tierney, Danny Kaye, Gwen Verdon
On the Riviera is a 1951 musical comedy film made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Walter Lang, produced by Sol C. Siegel from a screenplay by Valentine Davies and Phoebe and Henry ...more
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The Man from the Diner's Club is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Danny Kaye, Telly Savalas, Martha Hyer
The Man from the Diners' Club is a 1963 comedy film starring Danny Kaye, directed by Frank Tashlin. It was made by Ampersand and Dena Productions and released by Columbia Pictures.
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Skokie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Eli Wallach, Carl Reiner, Brian Dennehy
Skokie is a 1981 television movie directed by Herbert Wise, based on the real life NSPA Controversy of Skokie, Illinois, which involved the National Socialist Party of America. The film ...more
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Here Comes Peter Cottontail is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Vincent Price, Danny Kaye, Casey Kasem
Here Comes Peter Cottontail is a 1971 Easter stop-motion television special made by Rankin-Bass, based on a 1957 novel by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich entitled The Easter Bunny That Overslept. ...more
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The Madwoman of Chaillot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Danny Kaye Movies
Katharine Hepburn, Yul Brynner, Richard Chamberlain
The Madwoman of Chaillot is a 1969 American satirical comedy-drama film made by Commonwealth United Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. It was directed by Bryan Forbes and ...more