November 4, 1964 (S2 E7): Lucille Ball and John Gary,
December 9, 1964 (S2 E12): Tony Bennett, Imogene Coca, and the Clinger Sisters (there were four of them).
September 25, 1965 (S3, E3): Shirley Jones and the Righteous Brothers.
January 4, 1967 (S4, E16): Louis Armstrong and the Kessler Twins (singer-dancers Alice and Ellen).
January 11, 1967 (S4, E17): Liberace and Vikki Carr.
March 1, 1967 (S4, E24): George Burns and French singer Mirelle Mathieu.
The first two episodes are in B&W, but the other four show off the colorful costumes and sets. As indicated above, Kaye mixed well-known guest stars with promising young talent, such as Mirelle Mathieu. The French songstress was just 18 when she sang on the show--in her native language, no less. (Although she never gained fame in the U.S., she forged a long, successful career in France.)
|George Burns and Danny Kaye.|
|Satchmo on his trumpet.|
|Lucy and Danny as the Scottish butler.|
|Kaye and the lovely Ms. Jones.|
The DVDs are packaged nicely, but there are no extras. There is a series of separate menus that conveniently list all the song performances separately. Visual quality is fine for a 50-year-old television series.
Classic television fans, and especially Danny Kaye admirers, will enjoy this two-disk set. The only downside is that Danny Kaye - Legends will leave you wishing there was a larger set featuring other guests such as Gene Kelly, Mary Tyler Moore, Glynnis Johns, Nat King Cole, Dick Van Dyke, and Harry Belafonte.
Danny Kaye - Legends is available from the MVD Entertainment Group and retail outlets. Jonas PR provided a copy of this DVD set for this review.