Sexy chat without sing
I once saw "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" on AMC, and the narrator who tells trivia between commercial breaks said that Kaye wanted to meet and befriend Olivier so badly after having seen him in some movie (Hamlet?) that in the SLo WM scene where he plays a WW2 British fighter pilot, he did a flawless impression of Olivier, as a sort of shout-out. First, there is not one person that has any evidence of Danny being anything but straight. Thanks to everyone wanting to sell a book or papers, people believe anything.And he was very sexy in an offbeat in the day, performers like Kaye and Mostel were known for going off the track of the book in musicals; it wasn't a big deal. Jacques Pepin on the other hand (his wife worked there for a while) was delightful. Didn't he get his first real taste of fame doing the song about Russian composers in Lady In the Dark? I believe that was supposed to have been Donald O'Connor but for some reason he dropped out.If he was an asshole during that production, it most likely wasn't because of that. Danny Kaye was good friends with the owner, as one of his hobbies was gourmet cooking. Then he did a similar song about a VERY gay hat designer called Anatole of Paris ("I reek with chic! He had some hero worship for Bing Crosby and tried too hard to make him like him.
It's inarguable that Kaye was very enamored of Olivier -- platonically or otherwise, Kaye is the one who pursued that friendship, by all accounts.No one has yet definitely established his sexuality, and his children have died his affairs with men, but the evidence is pretty good he was bisexual.If it's true he and Laurence Olivier were lovers, I can see why: he was such a sexy guy. While in the show, his on and off-stage abuse of his fellow cast members, not to mention his flagrant disregard for performing his role as written, were so immediate and so well known that he wasn't even nominated for a Tony.She was a big hit with my fellow military men, but I'm afraid Danny was just too fucking silly with his so-called scatting and funny faces and overall goofiness to do anything for the guys. Well, his refusal to stick to the book of TWO BY TWO and improvising is not something I would hold against him.
It was a terrible book, and it's widely agreed that Kaye's improvising was the only thing that kept audiences coming to the show: moreover, to hire Danny Kaye, of all people, and complaining about having him improvise is ridiculous: it would be like hiring Julie Andrews and complaining after you hired her she enunciated too clearly.
I've seen that movie a thousand times, and that scene always amazes me.