The scenes below are another example of that gripe. For a film about a musician, there is
only one dance scene, and that is in a nightclub. Out on the floor, "Red" Nichols
(Danny Kaye) finds out his wife is pregnant and chases after her to prevent her from
"straining" herself. While that is the central theme of this particular scene, it is
highighted by a blazing Charleston performed by the foxiest little blonde I have ever seen
(ahem). Our "little" pixie-cut Lizanne is four years older now (the movie was released in
1959), and boy, has she grown up! She has blossomed into one very lovely young woman,
with her hair a little longer for this film.
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venting my spleen over the lack of recognition of this very lovely and exceptionally talented
dancer/actress. (Lizanne was uncredited in this film.)
Just after Danny's discovery, he and his wife (Barbara Bel Geddes, far right) are seperated
by the "Change your partner" call. Suddenly Lizanne roars in like a tornado from stage
left, does some "let it all hang out" arm-swinging, high-kicking, exaggerated Tango-like
partner-holding and then flits away stage right - all in 20 seconds.
|While Kaye is wandering about the dance floor,
Liz grabs him for her partner before he knows what's going on.
|She flashes that killer smile and begins an energetic Charleston
while Danny tries to keep up.
|Reminiscent of her "knocks Will's hat off" bit in Oklahoma's "Kansas City" routine,
Liz flashes a shapely drumstick while Danny stares in wonder.
|Liz's usual exuberance is in evidence here as lucky Danny gets an armful of loveliness.
The lady in red in the background is Barbara Bel Geddes.
|"What hit me?"Danny seems to be thinking as Liz flits off stage right.
This whole routine lasts only 20 seconds, and I'll warrant that she burned up
1,000 calories in that brief time.
As mentioned above, this is the only dance routine in the whole movie, and Liz is the
only individual dancer singled out -- the others are merely bodies in motion in the
background, yet the producers couldn't even credit her with "Charleston Dancer" to
identify this standout talent.
|Three rare Dress Rehearsal shots before the First Take in "The Five Pennies".