Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the 100th birthday of classic film and television star Danny Kaye with a full day of programming on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Along with some selected television appearances, the channel will air 11 feature films starring the beloved comedian, who was born on January 18, 1913, and is probably best remembered today for his starring role with Bing Crosby in the holiday standard, "White Christmas" (1954).
The schedule begins at 6 a.m. Eastern with an episode of "The Danny Kaye Show" from 1963, followed by the 1944 musical, "Up in Arms," costarring Dinah Shore and Dana Andrews. Kaye then stars with Pier Angeli in the musical comedy, "Merry Andrew" (1958). At 10:30 a.m., TCM offers another television appearance with Kaye on "The Dick Cavett Show" (1971).
More musicals and comedies fill the afternoon hours. At noon, Kaye stars with Virginia Mayo and Vera-Ellen in "The Kid from Brooklyn" (1946). Walter Slezak and Barbara Bates join Kaye for "The Inspector General" (1949) at 2 p.m. (see video for clip), followed by "Me and the Colonel" (1958) at 4 p.m. The afternoon wraps up with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947), costarring Virginia Mayo and Boris Karloff, at 6 p.m.
Kaye still rules the day during the prime time and late night lineup, with one of his signature performances in "Hans Christian Andersen" airing at 8 p.m. "The Court Jester" (1956), widely regarded as one Kaye's best comic films, begins at 10 p.m. and costars Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury. Kaye reunited with costar Virginia Mayo for the Howard Hawks musical, "A Song is Born" (1948), at midnight. TCM airs more of Kaye and Mayo at 2 a.m. in "Wonder Man" (1945). At 4 a.m., the Kaye festival concludes with "The Man from the Diner's Club" (1963).
Other events on TCM this month include films featuring Star of the Month Loretta Young and a series of caper pictures on Tuesdays. Check the official TCM site for a full schedule of movies and times.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.