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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever made
This movie is a childhood favourite. Danny Kay is at his best in this one. The songs are sweet and one of my favourite scenes is the one in the Irish pub, the other is the final scene when by accident he finds himself on the stage in the title role of a prince in a ballet! Brilliant comedy, it aged very well in my opinion. If you do not know this movie and want a nice...
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by Mrs. A. Pinteaux

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Danny Kaye classic
Knock On Wood from 1954 was one of Danny Kaye's best yet least-known films. Danny bumbles his way through European intrigue involving the theft of plans for a secret weapon. To escape his pursuers, he pretends to be a high-class English car saleman, a drunken Irish tenor in a pub and finally, a hilarious and catastrophic dancer in a Russian ballet. His fast-talking and...
Published on 27 April 2010 by Michael J. Oldfield


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Danny Kaye classic, 27 April 2010
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Michael J. Oldfield (Vancouver, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Knock On Wood from 1954 was one of Danny Kaye's best yet least-known films. Danny bumbles his way through European intrigue involving the theft of plans for a secret weapon. To escape his pursuers, he pretends to be a high-class English car saleman, a drunken Irish tenor in a pub and finally, a hilarious and catastrophic dancer in a Russian ballet. His fast-talking and frantic actions are as good as anything he did in "The Court Jester" or "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty"

This film has been sitting on the shelf of some film vault for decades and most people have never heard of it. Regrettably, this DVD release which appears to have been made in Italy is not exactly of digital quality. Quite the opposite.
It seems to have been made from a 16mm print with numerous colour shifts. Hopefully, someday we will get a really sharp copy of this delightfully funny film released on DVD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever made, 4 Feb 2011
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Mrs. A. Pinteaux "A. Bergman" (Greater-Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Knock on Wood [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This movie is a childhood favourite. Danny Kay is at his best in this one. The songs are sweet and one of my favourite scenes is the one in the Irish pub, the other is the final scene when by accident he finds himself on the stage in the title role of a prince in a ballet! Brilliant comedy, it aged very well in my opinion. If you do not know this movie and want a nice retro feel, have a good laugh and look back at a time when love was still alive and innocent then watch this movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars knock on wood, 17 May 2010
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have waited a long time for this to be available.
Now having received it [from Germany] I can state that this is the very worst dvd I have ever had.
The film was one of the best Kaye made, but the quality of the copy is dreadful, and impossible to listen to.
It is a real case for subtitling, which would have made it viewable. I'm not sure if there are better copies, but this one just is not worth buying.
The packaging and speed of delivery were both fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only okay because, 25 Jan 2013
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The film is brilliant but the copy I was sent though marked as new had distortions where the picture disapperared several times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knock on Wood, 6 Mar 2012
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G. Scott (Nottingham England) - See all my reviews
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A delight to see this film again. The ballet sequence was one I've always remembered and it hasn't lost anything of its humour since I first saw it over 50 years ago. Perhaps nostalgia is what it used to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars always loved this film, 1 Jun 2014
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I was so pleased to get this because its never shown on tv and is one of the funniest of his films
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3.0 out of 5 stars dvd KNOCK ON WOOD, 18 Jan 2014
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Jules Desmedt (Brussels) - See all my reviews
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I BUY THIS MOVIE TWICE.
AND TWICE WAS MY DISAPPOINTMENT.
ON SEVERAL PLACES OF THE MOVIES (ON EACH COPY)THERE ARE TRACES OF LINES (UNMAGNETISATION.
THUS POOR QUALITY OF DUPLICATION.
I EXPECT THAT AN OTHER PRODUCER WILL EDIT THIS ITEM.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Knock on Wood, 15 Mar 2012
This review is from: Knock on Wood [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I was unable to play this DVD as it was for the wrong region. This is something I knew nothing about when ordering DVD's and has cost me £11.99 as a lesson because I have not had any refund despite sending it back.

Further more how can I star rate an Item I have been unable to watch.

Jean Halliday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Kaye at his best. So many great scenes, 11 Dec 2014
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Danny Kaye at his best. So many great scenes: the Irish pub, the car seller (very, very English), the ballet scene of course, and many, many more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It takes a while before this film gets into gear ..., 27 Dec 2014
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This review is from: Knock on Wood [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
It takes a while before this film gets into gear but once it does it flies.
BEWARE the Red haired Ripper!
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