Amusing Snippets Regarding Walter Mitty

Column by Bob Thomas

Reading Eagle – Apr. 23, 1946

Danny Kaye is getting more like Bob Hope every day. So concludes Virginia Mayo, who might be called an expert on both. She’s been in one picture with Bob and three with Danny, the current one being “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

“When I worked with Danny in our first picture he was very serious,” said the St. Louis, Mo., beauty. “Now Danny seems to enjoy making pictures, just like Bob. Another thing—Danny has had a practice golf-driving range installed on the set.”

Real proof of Virginia’s thesis came when Danny tip-toed over to her, placed a kiss on her cheek and tip-toed away.

“Danny Kaye’s Joke”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Aug. 28, 1946

When Boris Karloff remarked that his dressing room on the set for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” would be more attractive with pictures, Danny Kaye took care of the matter. During Karloff’s absence Danny hung more than 50 portraits of Karloff in horror makeup on the bare walls.

“Danny Kaye: Carefree Gagster”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Sep. 6, 1947

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Most comedians are glad to relax and forget the funnyman business when Hollywood’s studio cameras cease turning. But not Danny Kaye. The gibbering master of tongue-twisting now appearing in the title role of the new Goldwyn release “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”—is a spontaneous gagster. A film audience of several million or a sound-stage audience of 20 are much the same to Danny. He loves to wow them. Here are some of the gags Danny perpetrated during the “Mitty” filming.

Below are the captions that were beneath the pictures:

In one of his many day dreams, Walter Mitty (Danny Kaye) imagines himself a great singer called upon to perform in a North American café.

Between takes, Danny amuses director Norman McLeod with proof of the bond of firm friendship that he has forged with a trained pigeon.

Danny can take a joke as well as dish one out. Florence Bates turns the tables on the comedian when she professes to admire his legs.

Virginia Mayo is Danny’s heart-throb in the film, and so he entertains workers on the set by acting like a love-stricken youth.

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