Photographs of the inimitable Danny Kaye. His musical ability and flair for physical comedy and tongue-twisting lyrics made him one of my favorite comedic actors growing up. The Inspector General, Hans Christian Andersen, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty were constants in my childhood. Kaye is joyous onscreen, and the palpable fun he has dancing and erupting into seemingly improvised nonsense is irresistible. While searching for these photos, I learned that his wife, Sylvia Fine, wrote the majority of his lyrics which is just so cute, no? There's a quote from her on IMDB about Kaye:
"I can't say what Danny Kaye is like in private life. There are too many of them."
Given her writerly wit and his vivid performances, I'd say they were a perfect creative match.
If you're unfamiliar with Kaye, here are a couple clips to get you warmed up: the gypsy drinking song (by Fine) from The Inspector General (1949), and the pellet with the poison bit from The Court Jester (1956).
Photographs via the Life photo archive.