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    Probably unissued footage from the unveiling of Danny Kaye waxwork at Madame Tussaud's, London, by the man himself - 1948.

    Comedian Danny Kaye stands on platform with his waxwork behind him. He sings 'Lily of Laguna' with piano accompaniment and gets the audience to join in. He then does a comical soft shoe shuffle and pretends to fall off the stage. He conducts the audience then takes a close look at a camera held by cameraman.

    Back at the microphone, Danny gives funny introduction to song in foreign accent. He keeps stopping, saying he can't tell which are waxworks and which are real people in the hall. He then sings 'Deenah' ('Dinah', in his inimitable way, complete with tongue-twisting ending). Nice bit where two girls in the audience shout out his usual improvisation at one point in the song and he asks them to do it again then jokes about their pronunciation.

    M/S of Danny sitting on piano and blowing kiss to audience. He is then surrounded by photographers wanting some shots of Danny and waxwork together. Great (mute) shots of Danny mugging for the camera with his likeness. Several mute C/Us of men in the audience, presumably Tussaud's or showbiz / theatrical personalities or officials. More mute shots of Danny moving through the audience and shaking hands with people he is introduced to. Waxworks seen in background.

    This is fabulous footage of a great star comedian in action with audience, and some nice candid moments. Great for illustrating the mutual affection between Danny Kaye and British audiences.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:37:00 / 01:34:37:00
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  • Appears in...

    Historical Figures & Celebrities Entertainment & Humour
    Turns 1946 - 49 group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look
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