Wonder Man (1945)


“Holy jumping Republicans, throw this maniac outta here! ” – District Attorney

Number of Times Seen – At least three times (Video in the 80’s and 4 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After his musician identical twin brother is killed by a mobster, a bookworm must pretend to be him in order to catch the murderer.

My Take on it – This is a movie that was a favorite of a good friend of mine in high school and we watched it a few times together on video.

I didn’t recall much about the film besides the fact that Danny Kaye plays two roles in it and was curious to refresh my memory of things.

Kaye does a great job here but the story is a bit too absurd for its own good and things are presented in a very silly way which hurts things more than helps.

As a comedy, this film loses some points since it doesn’t manage to be very funny in the kind of things that it does especially given the fact that it stars Kaye who even tones down his slapstick bits too much.

The music in the film is good and allows for some enjoyable song and dance numbers.

Kaye’s performance in the dual roles is quite enjoyable especially when he needs to play some of his scenes to the extreme.

Unfortunately tho, despite a few good scenes, this film doesn’t manage to work as well as one might hope it would.

Bottom Line – Fun Kaye film that is a bit too absurd for its own good. The film isn’t as funny as one would expect and the slapstick is a bit too tame especially when dealing with a talent like Kaye. The music is good and he does a nice job in the dual roles especially in scenes where he must play things to the extreme, but overall the story just doesn’t work as well as one would hope it could.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The giant vases in the set of the Pelican Club were a last-minute inspiration of art director Ernst Fegté. He had originally commissioned legendary sculptor Tony Duquette to do large statues for the set, but producer Samuel Goldwyn, who’d approved the sketches of Duquette’s sculptures, decided he didn’t like them once they were actually built. Eventually, Fegté arranged to sell Duquette’s sculptures to MGM and thought of using the giant vases to replace them.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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