Saturday, February 5, 2011

Knock on Wood (1954)

1st View
Format: Netflix WI
Venue: Rivendell (Snow Day)

The Good: I'm really glad Laura, the roommate Toni and I had in Baton Rouge, introduced me to Danny Kaye via The Court Jester. The man is a comedic genius and his stuff is consistently funny even to modern audiences. Here, the delivery is just as sharp and the timing is perfect. This feels like what would happen if Kaye were dropped into a Hitchcock film. It's all about the wrong man in the wrong situation and having to deal with international espionage utilizing a MacGuffin.

The Bad: Not quite as tight as The Court Jester and could have benefited from one more musical number.

The Weird: It's weird to me that more people are talking about Danny Kaye's non-White Christmas fare. The guy is brilliant.

Rating: 7/10 Atkins

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