Assignment: Children was a short filmed with the assistance of Paramount. It captured
one of Danny's first experiences with the United Nations' UNICEF as he toured various
countries entertaining children. The short not only captured these precious moments
but was meant to help teach people around the world what UNICEF was all about and
how they were helping to keep children healthy through food and vaccinations.
Danny on his experience: "The first time I saw a case of yaws. I almost fainted from
horror. It is one of the most awful diseases to see. Yaws are boils, one right after
another. A person has them for years. If they break out on his feet, he can't walk--on
the hands, and he can't work. And think, one single shot of penicillin can cure the
infection. My job was to keep the kids laughing while the nurses and doctors filled
the hypodermic needles."
Filmed: June 14 - July 2, 1954
Released: February 9, 1955 (Koenig, David. Danny Kaye: King of Jesters, pg 170)