From the hidden treasures lurking in the racks of Florence's wondrous Alberti Dischi on Borgo San Lorenzo comes this little item. The copy itself is immaculate, beautifully conserved Technicolour but when you look at the cover after watching the film you realise there's something wrong here. For those who need a leg-up the film is Up in Arms directed, as the cover says, by the redoubtable Elliott Nugent. It has the distinction of being the first film in which Danny Kaye appeared. He arrived as a fully formed Broadway star and, somewhat regrettably, immediately was cast as the timid guy too easily pushed around. Danny had several middling numbers, some by Harold Arlen and some by Kaye's wife Sylvia Fine. One of the numbers was one of those mindbender tests of oral dexterity similar to but lesser than his most famous riff on the names of the Russian composers.
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