Song of the Day: Danny Kaye, “The Ugly Duckling”

Actor, singer, dancer, comedian, musician, philanthropist, and cook Danny Kaye was born on this day in 1911. He starred in 17 movies, including Hans Christian Andersen in 1952, from which today’s song, "The Ugly Duckling," is taken.

14 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Danny Kaye, “The Ugly Duckling”

        1. I don’t think I ever saw “The Court Jester,” though I do remember seeing the title sequence. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled on the streaming services. There are so many great movies that were made before 1990 that never get shown anymore, unless you’re lucky enough to have something like Turner Classic Movies, where they show some of the strangest movies…

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          1. Hubby likes to watch the Russian films on youtube as the stories are so good. We also liked the Mandarin and Chinese films like House of Flying Daggers, The Banquet, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.


  1. Danny Kaye is admirable who loved children and worked for Unicef oftebn donating his time, money and talent for them. He also loved classical music and I remember him as a guest conductor where he was so funny but the main conductor stated Kaye was quite good. This is a sweet movie and I watched this at a time when I felt quite ugly since kids told me this, spat at me and told me to wear a bag over my head. When I saw this scene, I cried and could not wait to grow up a bit more and become a swan.


  2. I remember him well. Danny Kaye was a person whom everyone loved, who dedicated his prodigious talents to bring joy to everyone who saw him, a rare and supremely noble calling. I can think of someone we both know on the same path, el mismo camino.


  3. I love Danny Kaye. I had a tape of his music for kids (Danny Kaye for Children) that I played in the car and sang to when the Barbarians were teeny Barbarians. Tubby the Tuba, The Little Fiddle… One of my very favourite tapes.


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