Classic film fans, prepare to have the hap-hap-happiest September since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny effing Kaye!
That’s because Kaye’s arguably most-beloved film that doesn’t involve a white Christmas, “The Inspector General
,” earns a collector’s edition from Shout! Factory, due Sept. 20. In the 1949 musical comedy, Kaye plays an illiterate doofus mistaken for the title person by a town’s corrupt officials. They try to kill them. Yes, that’s right: assassination attempts mixed with musical comedy.
Shout!’s disc features a newly remastered print of the film, 17 minutes of color home movies taken on the set, and the 1938 comedy short “Money on Your Life,” in which Kaye also is chased by people who want to kill him. I’m sensing a pattern. —Rod Lott