Danny Kaye stars as Ernie Williams, a timid U.S. soldier in World War II who bears a striking resemblance to a British colonel. When his commanders ask him to impersonate the man — to deceive the enemy about his real activities — Ernie complies. What his higher-ups don’t tell Ernie is that he’s also been targeted by assassins and that the colonel’s mistress, Sgt. Stanhope (Diana Dors), is a Nazi agent.
Melville Shavelson (April 1, 1917 – August 8, 2007) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and author. He was President of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw) from 1969 to 1971, 1979 to 1981, and 1985 to 1987. He came to Hollywood in 1938 as one of comedian Bob Hope’s joke writers, a job he held for the next five years. He is responsible for the screenplays of such Hope films as The Princess and the Pirate (1944), Where There’s Life (1947), The Great Lover (1949), and Sorrowful Jones (1949), which also starred Lucille Ball.
Shavelson was nominated twice for Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay—first for 1955’s The Seven Little Foys, starring Hope in a rare dramatic role, and then for 1958’s Houseboat. He shared both nominations with Jack Rose. He also directed both films.
Other films he wrote and directed include Beau James (1957), The Five Pennies (1959) for which he won a Screen Writers Guild Award, It Started in Naples (1960), On the Double… read more