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Wonder Man (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 1945 (UK)
After being murdered by gangsters, an exuberant nightclub entertainer returns as a ghost to persuade his meek twin brother to help bring his killers to justice.

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Don Hartman (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Edwin Dingle / Buzzy Bellew
Virginia Mayo ... Ellen Shanley
Vera-Ellen ... Midge Mallon
Donald Woods ... Monte Rossen
S.Z. Sakall ... Schmidt
Allen Jenkins ... Chimp
Edward Brophy ... Torso
Steve Cochran ... Ten Grand Jackson
Otto Kruger ... District Attorney
Richard Lane ... Assistant District Attorney
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Hume
Huntz Hall ... Sailor
Virginia Gilmore ... Sailor's Girl Friend
Edward Gargan ... Policeman in Park (as Ed Gargan)
Alice Mock Alice Mock ... Prima Donna
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Boisterous nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew was the witness to a murder committed by gangster Ten Grand Jackson. One night, two of Jackson's thugs kill Buzzy and dump his body in the lake at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Buzzy comes back as a ghost and summons his bookworm twin, Edwin Dingle, to Prospect Park so that he can help the police nail Jackson. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>, corrected by dondeanadelaney@gmail.com

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It's Gala-Gala with Girls, Gaiety and that Goldwyn Glamour! (original poster)


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Trivia

Film debut of Steve Cochran. See more »

Goofs

For a couple of shots during their encounter at Prospect Park, it's obviously a body double for Danny Kaye as Buzzy. See more »

Quotes

Edwin Dingle: I want to explain about last night.
Ellen Shanley: Well, it better be good. Making me wait hours for potato salad and telephoning me and barking like a dog, meowing like a cat and hooting like an owl.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: This Is Overseas Program no. 913 TO FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN: Pictures exhibited in this theatre are given to the armed forces for showing in combat areas around the world. WAR ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY See more »

Connections

Referenced in About Mrs. Leslie (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Opera Number
(1945)
Music and Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited) and others
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A fresh faced faced Danny Kaye in his prime.
12 December 2004 | by Scaramouche2004See all my reviews

I have always loved and admired Danny Kaye.

Although I agree his brand of zany comedy will not be everybody's cup of tea, his films (especially his early ones like this one) never fail in creasing me up.

He not only had singing and dancing ability on par with the greats, he had a distinct flair for comedy and performed it expertly not only through his lines and comic timing, but with his body and facial expressions, not to mention his rapid fire double talk and tongue twisters. A truly talented man.

Wonderman made in 1945 shows Kaye at his best in what was possibly his second or third movie appearance. In these transformation days from stage entertainer to movie star, he was able to bring his old acts from the circuits and transfer them to screen with ease, for a new and appreciative audience. Indeed one of the two characters Kaye plays in the film is a nightclub entertainer by the name of Buzzy Bellew not too far removed from the real Kaye himself.

The other character Kaye plays is Bellew's egg-head brother, straight as a die and sensible to the core, thus giving Kaye ample chance to show off both sides to his versatile talents.

When Bellew is murdered by the mob for knowing a trifle more than was good for him, he returns in ghost form to rope in his gawky identical twin brother, to take his place and bring the mobster to account.

The comedy is so funny at times that you fail to realize the real tragedy of the situation, a young man with a beautiful fiancé and successful life in front of him, has been murdered and dumped rather disrespectfully in the river in Prospect Park.

But hey....Bellew seems to be so cool and glib about the whole thing, that if he doesn't care too much about it I'm damned if I will.

Great musical numbers and (for it's day) state of the art special effects compliment the great comic turns delivered by Kaye.

Two funny lines to watch out for are:- "does the acoustic nerve run down that far?" and the powerfully sung, "Frankie SINATRA" in the final opera scene. Not funny written here but put in their correct places in the film they will have you bursting with laughter.

A simple formula, but a great movie that really works.


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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un hombre fenómeno See more »

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