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Monday, March 05, 2007

Wonder Man (1945)

A very cute romantic comedy. Buzzy Bellew (Danny Kaye) is a nightclub entertainer. One day he witnesses a murder committed by the gangster Ten Grand Jackson (Steve Cochran) and is going to testify against him at trial. However, Ten Grand wants him bumped off and has some of his flunkies kill him and dump him in Prospect Park. Now Buzzy's ghost is wandering the Earth in hopes of getting justice. Buzzy decides to find his super identical twin brother, Edwin Dingle, and enlist his help. Edwin is the complete opposite of Buzzy. Edwin is a researcher and a very brilliant man. He spends his days in the library where he meets one of the librarians, Ellen Shanley (Virginia Mayo). Soon Edwin and Ellen begin a tentative romance. However, with Buzzy inhabiting Edwin's body their relationship is soon threatened.

I really enjoyed this movie. Kaye was wonderful as the brothers who are as different as night and day. Mayo was also wonderful as Edwin's love interest Ellen. This movie won an Oscar for best visual effects and I can see why. The effects actually stand the test of time and do not seem cheesy like many effects from the films of that time period. If you like romantic comedies check this one out.



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