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Kid from Brooklyn, The (RKO 1946, Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo))



In the mid 40’s, Danny Kaye was just hitting his stride, as his third starring feature The Kid From Brooklyn amply demonstrates. The musical comedy remake of the Harold Lloyd silent, ‘The Milky Way’, stars Kaye again as an everyman plunged into fantastic circumstances (a year before his finest role in ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’), a musically inclined milkman who accidentally becomes a prizefighter by knocking out the champ in a street fight.

Songs include ‘Sunflower Song,’ ‘You’re the Cause of It All,’ ‘I Love an Old-Fashioned Song,’ and ‘Josie.’

As mentioned The Kid From Brooklyn is a remake of Harold Lloyd’s The Milky Way (1936). Lionel Stander played the same role in both films: dopey fight trainer Spider Schultz.

production details
USA | RKO | 113 minutes | 1946
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Script: Melville Shavelson, Don Hartman,

Tom Kennedy as Referee #1 (uncredited)
Knox Manning as Radio Announcer
Charles Cane as Willard
Kay Thompson as Matron
Danny Kaye as Burleigh Sullivan
Virginia Mayo as Polly Pringle
Vera-Ellen as Susie Sullivan
Steve Cochran as Speed McFarlane
Eve Arden as Ann Westly
Walter Abel as Gabby Sloan
Lionel Stander as Spider Schultz
Fay Bainter as Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne
Clarence Kolb as Mr. Austin
Victor Cutler as Photographer
Jerome Cowan as Fight Announcer
Don Wilson as Radio Announcer