Opens with the pseudo-Egyptian and Roman ""Cleopatra's procession,"" featuring dance ensemble number of classical Egyptian and African tribal movements and including a surprise appearance by Jack Benny.
Featured parody sketches on how three Broadway composers might have written music on Baseball: ""My Fair Umpire,"" a sports satire of Lerner & Loewe's 'My Fair Lady' in which Higgins (Kaye) and Eliza (Powell) sing songs such as ""The aim of the game is mainly to complain;"" ""Horsehide Story,"" a choreographed parody of Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story' set on the baseball diamond; and ""Baseball Man,"" set to the tune of Meredith Wilson's 'Music Man.' Also, sketch ""The Victim"" about a first-time airline passenger(Kaye & Cooper). ""The Bandstand"" sketch about a cheap clup trio (Kaye, Cooper and Sam D'Andrea) trying to perform as well as impersonating another act on a revolving bandstand.
Musical numbers: Danny Kaye - Consider Yourself / Take Me Out to the Ballgame / (Russian song) May TherRead More
Features a musical revue that might have resulted had Shakespeare written Hamlet for television, including song & dance numbers by Hamlet (Ferrer) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern(Kaye). Also, Tony Charmoli Dancers in a jazz number to march music with a swing influence. ""Gemini"" sketch about two astronauts in space and ""The German Officer"" sketch about a private being asked to impersonate a German general captured by British Intelligence (both sketches with Kaye, Ferrer and Henry Beckman).
Musical numbers: Kaye - Brotherhood of Man Kaye & Ferrer - To Be or Not To Be (in Hamlet sketch) Norvo & Quintet - Devil and the Deep (Blue Sea?) Kaye, Norvo Quintet & Mann Singers - Three Blind MiceRead More
""Dancing Pagodas"" sketch about an Indian trio (Kaye, Knotts & Lawrence) who let their fingers 'do the talking'. ""The Diner"" sketch - a dramatic triangle between a meek diner owner (Knotts), his sultry and unsatisfied wife (Lawrence) and black leather trucker (Kaye) who is willing to murder to win her. ""Toothache"" sketch on a suffering dental patient whose rest is interrupted (Kaye & Knotts).
Musical numbers: Kaye - Together Wherever We Go / Turn Around (dedicated to his daughter) Lawrence - Fools Rush In (song & ballet) Joe & Eddie - They Call the Wind Maria Kaye, Joe & Eddie - I Laid AroundRead More
Parodies of three TV domestic comedies set in the U.S. - ""Father Knows Nothing,"" France - ""Father Knows Plenty"" and Japan - ""Osaka Hillbillies."" [also appearing Harvey Korman, Dino Natali]
Musical numbers: Kaye - S'posin' (song/soft shoe dance) / song medley bemoaning the switch from telephone exchanges to area codes, such as ""As I Walked Out on the Streets of 512"" Moore - Hard-Hearted Hannah (song/dance) Foy - Delightful is the Word (song/dance) Kaye, Moore & Foy - When the Song and Dance Man Came to Town (vaudeville song/dance)Read More
Features Kaye and Kelly in a song & dance tribute to Kelly's dancing career on Broadway and in the movies, including Kelly's tap dance to Kaye's linguini recipe and closing with both dancers' versions of ""Ballin' the Jack."" Other dance numbers are Charmoli's legs-only choreography to ""Days of Wine and Roses"" and a quartet of girls engaging Kaye in playground-style dance while he sings ""You Make Me Feel So Young."" ""Business Lunch"" sketch about a distracting restaurant fashion show at an important business meeting (Kaye, Harvey Korman, Henry Beckman). ""Beauty Expert"" sketch about a visit with Viennese beauty entrepreneur Miss Schmeckenvasser on the fictional TV show 'Wonderful World of Women' (Kaye, Korman, Jackie Joseph, Myrna Ross).
Musical numbers: Lee - I Could Write a Book / By Myself Kaye & Lee - You'll Never Get Away Kaye & Clinger Sisters - Side By SideRead More
""Cowboys of the World"" sketches parody Westerns - including the stereotypical villain, hero, sidekick and woman in need of rescue - set in the U.S. ""My Son the Gunslinger;"" Scotland ""Restless Kilts"" and Russia ""Frontier Cossack"" (with Kaye, Morris, Prowse, Korman and Jamie Farr). Also ""Dr. Yes"" parody of the James Bond film (Kaye, Prowse, Morris, Korman). Kaye discusses his memories of Scottish entertainer Sir Harry Lauder.
Musical numbers: Kaye - Breezin' Along with the Breeze / Will Ye No Come Back Again? Prowse - Love Makes the World Go 'round (with male dancers)
Levee Singers - I Got Plenty o' Nuttin' Kaye & Levee Singers - Everybody Clap Your HandsRead More
Features Kaye, Jourdan & Dancers in two numbers - the song & dance ""Walk Right In"" and an opera parody that presents a game of football as a dance. Also Carl Ballantine's comedy magic act as 'The Great Ballantine.' Trio of sketches on the theme of jealosy as it might appear in movies from the U.S. - ""Dial J for Jealosy,"" Italy - ""Jealousy, Italian-style"" and Turkey - ""Quick Bernice, My Burnoose"" (with Kaye, Jourdan and Talbot).
Musical numbers: Kaye - Gypsy in My Soul Farrell - Danny Boy Kaye & Farrell - Birth of the Blues Kaye & Jourdan - Walk Right In Jourdan - HoneyRead More
Gwen Verdon & Dancers in a trio of dances set to nursery rhymes - ""Pop! Goes the Weasel,"" jazz version of ""Three Blind Mice"" and lullaby ballet. ""Comedy Tonight"" sketch about the attempts - through jestering and square, flamenco, ballet & vaudeville dance - of a band of strolling players who must help the Prince of a mythical kingdom remember how to laugh (Kaye, Verdon, Korman). ""The Drive-in"" sketch about a couple celebrating their anniversary with a newlywed couple at a drive-in restaurant (Kaye, Verdon, Don Penny, Zeme North, Joyce Jameson).
Musical numbers: Kaye - Alouette Kaye & Verdon - Two of a Kind / What Is a Woman (spoken by Kaye, danced by Verdon) Clinger Sisters - High Hopes Kaye & Clinger Sisters - I Get So LonelyRead More
Features Nancy Walker and Kaye in three musical sketches: the comparison of a possible Old Globe Theatre production with the contemporary ""angry young man"" British theatrical approach, both on the subject of love (""Love - Then and Now""); a 'ClichÃ© Light Opera Company' production with the last-minute substitution of chorus girl Walker for the star (""Magnolia Blossoms of 1932""); and a Svengali spoof where the great vocal teacher and hypnotist discovers his maid can sing - but only with her mop in hand (also appearing - Harvey Korman, Sig Rumann, Marni Nixon, Dodo Denney).
Musical Numbers: Kaye - When My Sugar Walks Down the Street / Gypsy in My Soul Jackson - Deep River / Just a Closer Walk with TheeRead More