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Old 21st August 2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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Danny Kaye and The Secret Life of Walter Mittty

Like Abbott and Costello I grew up watching a lot of Danny Kaye. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of my favorite films. I have heard that it being remade and am, to say the least, apprehensive about the actor that ha to fill those shoes. Knowing that it Mike Myers is not comforting after his latest film, The Guru, died a quick and deserved death at the box office.

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Born David Daniel Kaminsky to Jewish Ukrainian immigrants in Brooklyn, Kaye became one of the world's best-known comedians. He spent his early youth attending Public School 149 in East New York, Brooklyn, before moving to Thomas Jefferson High School, but he never graduated. He learned his trade in his teen years in the Catskills as a tummler in the Borscht Belt

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty:

The remake of the film (more accurately a new film adaptation of the original short story) has a troubled on-again off-again history. At first, producer-directors Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg, with a host of screenwriters, and Kevin Anderson as Mitty, were going to re-do the film, but it fell through. Then it was to be made at Paramount Pictures, by producers Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., his brother John Goldwyn, and Richard Vane, with director Mark Waters and Owen Wilson cast as Mitty, with a screenplay by Richard LaGravenese. It was supposed to be released in 2007. It has since been taken over by 20th Century Fox, with Mike Myers in the title role, and scheduled to be shown in 2009.
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Old 21st August 2008, 06:46 PM   #2
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Old 22nd August 2008, 04:35 PM   #3
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I dunno, but remaking that one seems a little like redoing The African Queen with Harrison Ford or something.
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a short story, and a very short short story by James Thurber. How Danny Kaye managed to take that character and morph him into a whole movie is one of the greatest miracles of Hollywood.

For my money, The Court Jester was his best movie. As a kid, I really liked his variety show. He was a very good singer too.
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Hi

The movie that was groovy had the awe and guffaw;
The remake with the mistake has the mule that's a fool.

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Okokok - best I could do on short notice.
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Old 22nd August 2008, 05:21 PM   #6
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I'm sorry, but I just cannot stand Mike Myers. He makes me nauseous.
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Old 22nd August 2008, 06:10 PM   #7
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Mike Myers is fine as Mike Meyers. He is no Danny Kaye.
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Old 22nd August 2008, 06:16 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Tricky View Post
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a short story, and a very short short story by James Thurber. How Danny Kaye managed to take that character and morph him into a whole movie is one of the greatest miracles of Hollywood.
Another Thurber fan? Yes! Did you ever watch "My World and Welcome To It"?

I really don't want to see Mike Myers in a Thurber story. I really, truly don't.

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For my money, The Court Jester was his best movie. As a kid, I really liked his variety show. He was a very good singer too.
No argument from me on that score.

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Old 22nd August 2008, 06:24 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Tricky View Post
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a short story, and a very short short story by James Thurber. How Danny Kaye managed to take that character and morph him into a whole movie is one of the greatest miracles of Hollywood.

For my money, The Court Jester was his best movie. As a kid, I really liked his variety show. He was a very good singer too.
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