Me and the Colonel (1958)

Golden Globes

Danny won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Comedy/Musical

The movie was also nominated for Best Film Promoting International Understanding and Best Motion Picture - Comedy.

Newspaper Reviews

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!

Film Information

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 Diner’s Club.

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

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