Cinema: Oh, Kaye

On the Double (Paramount). Danny Kaye is one of a precious clutch of performers who can still appear alone on a bare stage and hold audiences from riffraff to royalty rapt for hours. Yet Hollywood insists on ballooning his Pied Piper image with Panavision, or multiple-tracking his slap-happy sounds, or painting simple comedy in exotic new colors. His recent films, including this one, have added enough gimmicks and gewgaws to throttle Danny's vintage gitgatgittle. What was once A-OK is now beginning to seem just Oh, Kaye.

Double was suggested by a trick played by...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!