Me and the Colonel is Danny's first dramatic role. While there's definitely some
humor in the movie, it is mainly a dramatic movie as both Danny's character, S. L.
Jacobowsky, and Colonel Prokoszny are attempting to leave France as the Germans move
in. People were so moved by Danny's performance that he won a Golden Globe award
for this movie. In fact, early on it was rumored that he was going to be nominated
for an Oscar but unfortunately he never was. This isn't an easy movie to find, and
it is not one of his more well-known movies. However, it's a wonderful movie! Danny
made the character of Jacobowsky so sweet and loveable that you can't help but fall
in love with him. You feel for him as he's searching for a way to leave France as
well as help the Colonel. And the contrast in Curd Jurgens proud and honorable Polish
colonel plays nicely against Danny's soft Jacobowsky. If ever you have the chance
to see this movie, do so!
Filmed: Nov. 18, 1957 - Jan. 30, 1958
Released: August 26, 1958 (Koenig, David. Danny Kaye: King of Jesters, pg 186)
This movie is based off a play by Franz Werfel. (Oct. 16, 1958)
This movie is Danny’s first black-and-white movie. The second is The Man From the
Danny’s comment on Me and the Colonel from Kurt Singer’s book: “I liked the script.
I’d been away from the screen for a long time and suddenly here was an excellent
part. So I’m doing it. Particularly, I like this Jacobowsky. I don’t know how it
will do as a picture–there’s no great violence in it, no love story. It’s really
just the story of two men–vastly different men thrown together. In some ways I guess
it’s the story of people in general, of how they can get along with others when they
must. You know, there was a time when I couldn’t see myself playing a part like this.
It would have been wrong for me. I really think until I made the tour for the United
Nations children that I would not have been able to do this part. I think it was
what I learned about myself that made me ready for a role like Jacobowsy. Before
that UNICEF tour, I would have had to reach–to play this part. Now I think I can
understand him a little more because I have more understanding of myself.” (The Danny
Kaye Story, pg 200)
“Why Danny Kaye is Laughing…” - interview with Danny about Me and the Colonel and
laughing during hard times; Nov. 1961
“Oscar for Danny Kaye Big Rumor in Filmland” - interview with Danny about Me and
the Colonel; Oct. 1958