Knock on Wood

Knock on Wood

DVD - 2010
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A neurotic American ventriloquist performing in Europe is unable to control the words coming out of his dummy, resulting in a near-nervous breakdown. His manager, and best friend, orders him to see a famous psychiatrist in Zurich. What follows is a zany adventure involving secret weapons, international spies, and the beautiful Dr. Ilse Nordstrom.

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ThomasJWhiting
Feb 16, 2016

VERY GOOD 1954 musical comedy - a little slow beginning, but then it caught on, and had interspersed funny moments all along the way.
Danny Kaye was good, and it was fun for me to see Mai Zetterling for, I think, the first time. She seemed to be coming out of a Doris Day style.
The demo red convertible car scenes were rather amusing.

voisjoe1 Feb 06, 2014

This was a musical/dance/comedy/romance/suspense/spy/murder farce that combined elements of “Northwest by Northwest,” “Blazing Saddles,” and Three Stooges sight gags, and Abbott and Costello type scenes where everybody thinks that Danny Kaye is either crazy or a kind of Jack the Ripper fugitive.

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anthonyeon
Jun 23, 2011

Not Mr. Kaye's best. In fact, he seems to be doing this one because he must. The ventriloquist angle is dropped pretty quickly, as is the psychiatry, and the spy caper is quite ludicrous. The real star of this show is the red convertible.

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