The Inspector General
An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge. The town's corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general whom they think is traveling in disguise. Fearing he will discover they've been pocketing tax money, they make several bungled attempts to kill him.
Danny Kaye is incredibly fun to watch in "The Inspector General," in which he plays a poor beggar who, after being mistaken for the inspector general, finds himself the target of attempted murders. This is a loony, zany ride that hasn't aged well. Though Kaye is fun to watch prance around the screen, the movie drags more often than it should. Part of this has to do with the fact that the movie hasn't aged well, as is shown in multiple musical numbers that more often that not go on far too long. Worth the watch for Kaye's antics, but not much more.
Yet another Danny Kaye film that finds the talented singer, dancer, and comedian assuming the role of someone else, in this instance a snake oil salesman impersonates an inspector general and in so doing wins the hearts of the common folk. Meanwhile he enrages those who seek to make a profit to the people's expense. Kaye is a delight, making the best use of his manic energy and rubbery face. However, the story itself is a tad lackluster and does little to sustain interest.
Though Kaye is always hilarious, I didn't find the story quite as strong as I was lead to believe, nor it is strong as others in his canon. Still very much worth the watch though.
It was on Netflix, and I do love Danny Kaye. The film itself isn't all that good. Fun to watch Danny sing and dance.
Mostly for fans of Danny Kaye's antics and the occasional light musical number. Not amazing, but he was certainly good at his brand of silly, charming comedy.