Knock on Wood

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Specifications

Studio Olive Films
SKU 216563743
UPC 887090024907
UPC 14 00887090024907
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Keywords
Action
Espionage
Spies
Spy
Thriller
Editors Note
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.
Actors
David Burns
Leon Askin
Torin Thatcher
Danny Kaye
Cast & Crew
David Burns - Star
Leon Askin - Star
Torin Thatcher - Star
Danny Kaye - Star
Mai Zetterling - Star
Paul England - Co-Star
Helen Dickson - Co-Star
Johnstone White - Co-Star
Phil Tully - Co-Star
Philip Van Zandt - Co-Star
Otto Waldis - Co-Star
Eric Wilton - Co-Star
Abner Biberman - Co-Star
Genevieve Aumont - Co-Star
Henry Brandon - Co-Star
Daniel L. Fapp - Director of Photography
Helen Chapman - Co-Star
Patricia Denise - Co-Star
Noel Drayton - Co-Star
Rex Evans - Co-Star
Steven Geray - Co-Star
Gavin Gordon - Co-Star
Winifred Harris - Co-Star
Kenneth Hunter - Co-Star
Virginia Huston - Co-Star
Donald Lawton - Co-Star
Alphonse Martell - Co-Star
Lewis Martin - Co-Star
Carl Milletaire - Co-Star
Christopher Olsen - Co-Star
Melvin Frank - Screenwriter
John Fulton - Special Effects
Michael Kidd - Choreographer
Norman Panama - Screenwriter
Victor Young - Music Director
Sylvia Fine - Composer
Francisco Day - Assistant Director
Diana Adams - Co-Star
John Alderson - Co-Star
Norman Panama - Director
Melvin Frank - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1954
UPC 00887090024907
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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