Initial DVD releaseSeptember 28, 2010 Duration LanguageEnglish
Norman Panama Release dateApril 14, 1954 (1954-04-14) WriterNorman Panama, Melvin Frank DirectorsNorman Panama, Melvin Frank CastDanny Kaye (Jerry Morgan / Papa Morgan / Clarence), Mai Zetterling (Dr. Ilse Nordstrom), Torin Thatcher (Godfrey Langston), David Burns (Marty Brown), Leon Askin (Laslo Gromeck) Similar moviesSalt, The Hunting Party, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Interstellar, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
TaglineThe No. 1 Song-and-Dance Clown at his best!
Knock on wood 1954 danny kaye mai zetterling
Knock on Wood is a 1954 comedy starring Danny Kaye and Mai Zetterling. Other actors in the film include Torin Thatcher, David Burns, and Leon Askin. The film was written and directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, with songs by Kaye's wife, Sylvia Fine.
Jerry Morgan (Kaye) is a ventriloquist who is having trouble with love: just when his relationship with a woman gets around to marriage, his dummy turns jealous and spoils everything. Jerry's manager Marty threatens to quit unless Jerry sees a psychiatrist, Ilse Nordstrom (Zetterling), who tries to discover the source of his problem. The two of them eventually fall in love.
At the same time, Jerry becomes unwittingly intertwined with spies and has to run from the police. In his escape, he finds himself impersonating a British car salesman, trying to demonstrate a new convertible with loads of bells and whistles. Later on, he finds himself on stage in the middle of the performance of an exotic ballet.
Danny Kaye as Jerry Morgan/Jerry's father
Mai Zetterling as Doctor Ilse Nordstrom
Torin Thatcher as Godfrey Langston, the film's villain
David Burns as Marty Brown, Jerry's manager
Leon Askin as Lazlo Gromek, a spy
Abner Biberman as Maurice Papinek, a spy
Otto Waldis as Brodnik, a spy
Gavin Gordon as Car Salesman
Steven Geray as Doctor Krüger
Diana Adams as Princess Maya
Patricia Denise as Jerry's Mother
Virginia Huston as Audrey Greene
Paul England as Chief Inspector Wilton
Johnstone White as Langstons Secretary
Henry Brandon as Man with a Trenchcoat
Lewis Martin as Inspector Crawford
Knock on Wood was issued as a region 2 DVD in March 2009, and is on sale through Amazon UK.