Monday, January 7, 2013

Danny Kaye Rarities

Danny Kaye clowns on the set of The Court Jester with his little princess, Dena. Author David Koenig will share rare images from Kaye’s early years and tales from the making of The Court Jester Jan. 12, 2013, during the Danny Kaye Film Festival.

This Saturday January 12, 2013, as part of a two-day Danny Kaye Film Festival in Pasadena, Ca., I’ll be dellivering a multimedia presentation on “Danny Kaye Rarities,” featuring about 50 rare photos of the pre-famous Danny.

You’ll see images of his earliest years as a Brooklyn tike, at Borscht Belt summer camps, and in New York nightclubs. I’ll also share extremely youthful images of his wife/content provider Sylvia Fine and even a few of daughter Dena!

Admission to the presentation is included with registration for the festival at the Pasadena Convention Center, and gets underway about 8 p.m., right before the showing of Kaye’s whimsical MGM musical Merry Andrew.

About 7 p.m., right after the showing of The Court Jester, I’ll also be delivering a brief presentation on “Tales of the Court Jester” and signing copies of my new book, Danny Kaye: King of Jesters.

Cost for the festival is $50 for one day or $95 for both days, Saturday Jan. 12 and Sunday Jan 13.

The tentatiave schedule is:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
9:30 a.m. The Kid From Brooklyn
12:30 p.m. Hans Christian Andersen
3:00 p.m. Wonder Man
5:00 p.m. The Court Jester, followed by “Tales of the Court Jester”
8:00 p.m. “Danny Kaye Rarities,” followed by Merry Andrew

Sunday, January 13, 2013
9:30 a.m. Up in Arms
12:00 p.m. The Inspector General
2:30 p.m. On the Riviera
4:30 p.m. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
7:30 p.m. A Song is Born

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  1. I'm getting more and more upset about being unable to attend the festival (I am beside myself, my favourite position). May I suggest a nice glossy publication of captioned pictures of Danny Kaye, Sylvia and Dena, available on Amazon, as a future project to delight the fans who are unable to attend all the great events taking place? I would pre-order my copy here and now.

  2. Yikes! I didn't mean to upset you!
    The ultimate Danny-Sylvia-Dena photo book would be the book Dena reportedly has written and has been shopping to publishers. Hopefully one day this book will appear!

  3. Great photo, David! Thanks for sharing with those of us who didn't make it to the festival!