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Merry Andrew (20-Mar-1958)

Director: Michael Kidd

Writers: Isobel Lennart; I.A.L. Diamond

From short story: The Romance of Henry Menafee by Paul Gallico

Music by: Saul Chaplin

Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Keywords: Musical, Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Pier Angeli
Actor
19-Jun-1932 10-Sep-1971 Tomorrow Is Too Late
Robert Coote
Actor
4-Feb-1909 26-Nov-1982 My Fair Lady
Danny Kaye
Actor
18-Jan-1913 3-Mar-1987 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Kingsford
Actor
20-Sep-1881 7-Feb-1958 British-American character actor
Noel Purcell
Actor
23-Dec-1900 3-Mar-1985 The Rising of the Moon
Rhys Williams
Actor
31-Dec-1897 28-May-1969 The Bells of St. Mary's

CAST

Starring
Danny Kaye   ...   Andrew Larabee
Co-Starring
Pier Angeli   ...   Selena
Salvatore Baccaloni   ...   Antonio Gallini
Noel Purcell   ...   Matthew Larabee
Robert Coote   ...   Dudley Larabee
With
Patricia Cutts   ...   Letitia Fairchild
Rex Evans   ...   Gregory Larabee
Walter Kingsford   ...   Mr. Fairchild
Peter Mamakos   ...   Vittorio Gallini
Rhys Williams   ...   Constable
Tommy Rall   ...   Giacomo Gallini

REVIEWS

Review by Victor Duclos (posted on 14-Mar-2005)

This movie as far as I am concerned is Danny Kaye at his finest. He is better known for some of his other movies but many critics overlooked this film. The movie was made in 1958 when I was just nine years old. This movie has made a lasting impression on me and I even introduced my son to it and he immediately fell in love with it. I recorded it off TV many years ago because it was considered an educational film. I lent it to someone and I forgot who I lent it to and consquently it was never returned to me. The movie is great because it is a film of pure enjoyment for every age. It has one element that all children can identify with and that is the circus.We saw a person who was driven through his life by education and trying to live up to his father's expectations of him. He realized that by finding the statue of Pan it would probably make his father very proud of him. However, along the way he got involved with the circus and fell in love with one of the girls who performed in the circus. There were nice songs as well as some dance numbers. The whole movie was heartwarming and to this day the one movie I could watch over and over again. I am just surprised there is no video or DVD of this movie. I see DVD's of many of todays movies which are pure trash and this movie which is nothing but pure joy is sitting in the vault somewhere at MGM studios. I hope one day it will be released so todays generation will have the opportunity to see a wonderful film.


Review by anonymous (posted on 3-Dec-2006)

I first saw Danny Kaye on t.v in "Wonder Man", back when I was about 10 years old (around 1979). Over the years I have seen pretty much all of his films, and though I am a huge fan of Danny himself, some of the later films weren't worthy of his time and effort. Merry Andrew however is Danny Kaye batting at somewhere close to his brilliant best. The musical numbers, especially the wonderful "Salud", and the short, but ever so funny "Here's Cheers", belt along at a cracking pace. Infact, it is refreshing to see Danny tackle numbers different in style to the tongue twisters that wife Sylvia Fine usually provided for his movies. While those songs were excellent, and in a style that helped make him a star, it's a case of a change is as good as a rest I feel for this movie and it works splendidly. Pier Angeli is excellent as "Selena Gallini", the circus girl feeling trapped by her over protective brothers, who falls in love with the most unlikely of men (Kaye's stuffy school teacher "Andrew Larabee"). It was a shame her life ended at such a young age. I.A.L Diamond wrote the movie. He was partly responsible for hits such as (this reviewer's all time favourite comedy) "Some Like It Hot". So while "Merry Andrew" may not rank as the author's best work, it's good enough to elevate it above the majority of Kaye's later, rather disappointing film output. If you have a young family, I can heartily recommend this film to you. It's really one for all the family to sit down to and enjoy together. Kind of like a live action Disney film, "Merry Andrew" will leave you feeling warm and content, and if you're like me...singing "Salud" for weeks on end afterwards.


Review by Myrna Davis (posted on 11-Feb-2008)

I became a fan of Danny Kaye after seeing The Court Jester. I also loved Merry Andrew and still have the soundtrack album. I never forgot those wonderful songs, some very touching, some educational (geometrically speaking), and some just full of life, like Salud. Although not one of the best movies he ever made, it was thoroughly entertaining. I would love to see it come out on DVD.


Review by Barb (posted on 7-Jun-2008)

One of the best movies made. I taped it off TV years ago and watched it on a number of occasions. I have tried several times to find a full length copy for sale somewhere. I believe the TV version I tape had been cut, I seem to remember scene from long ago that were not in the version I taped. The alst time I played it, my tape broke. If you know where I can get a copy or if and when it may be aired on TV again please let me know.


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