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Knock on Wood (1954)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 216563743
UPC: 887090024907
UPC 14: 00887090024907
Category Keywords: Action  Espionage  Spies  Spy  Thriller
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Editor's Note
With the exception of the brilliant THE COURT JESTER, KNOCK ON WOOD must rank as the best of Danny Kaye's movie vehicles. Capitalizing on the star's recent successful engagement in London, the film casts Kaye as a neurotic American ventriloquist performing in England and Europe. In a parody of the 1946 thriller DEAD OF NIGHT, Kaye is unable to control the words coming out of his dummy, resulting in a near-nervous breakdown. On the advice of his manager (David Burns), Kaye seeks out the help of a psychiatrist, who turns out to be beautiful Mai Zetterling. But first, he heads to a local repair shop to pick up one of his dummies. What Kaye doesn't know is that a set of stolen blueprints for a top-secret weapon have been secreted into his dummy's head. Before he knows what's happening, our hero is up to his ears in spies, counterspies, and corpses. Falsely accused of murder, Kaye spends the rest of the film adopting one disguise after another to elude both the authorities and the various enemy agents roaming about. Filled to overflowing with musical and comedy highlights, KNOCK ON WOOD includes the famous "under the table" bit wherein Kaye finds himself literally between two warring spy factions, and a climactic ballet sequence reminiscent of (and superior to) the comic-opera finale of Kaye's WONDER MAN (1945). And of course, the audience is treated to the tongue-twisting patter songs written for Kaye by his wife Sylvia Fine.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Olive Films
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1954
Video UPC UPC: 00887090024907
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info David Burns
Video Cast Info Leon Askin
Video Cast Info Torin Thatcher
Video Cast Info Danny Kaye
Video Cast Info Mai Zetterling
Video Cast Info Paul England - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Helen Dickson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Johnstone White - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Phil Tully - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Philip Van Zandt - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Otto Waldis - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Eric Wilton - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Abner Biberman - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Genevieve Aumont - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Henry Brandon - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Daniel L. Fapp - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Helen Chapman - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Patricia Denise - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Noel Drayton - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rex Evans - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Steven Geray - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gavin Gordon - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Winifred Harris - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kenneth Hunter - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Virginia Huston - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Donald Lawton - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Alphonse Martell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Lewis Martin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Carl Milletaire - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Christopher Olsen - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Melvin Frank - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John Fulton - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Michael Kidd - Choreographer
Video Cast Info Norman Panama - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Victor Young - Music Director
Video Cast Info Sylvia Fine - Composer
Video Cast Info Francisco Day - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Diana Adams - Co-Star
Video Cast Info John Alderson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Norman Panama - Director
Video Cast Info Melvin Frank - Director

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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