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Jerry Colonna is a Actor American born on 17 september 1904 at Boston (USA)

Jerry Colonna

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Birth name Gerardo Luigi Colonna
Nationality USA
Birth 17 september 1904 at Boston (USA)
Death 21 november 1986 (at 82 years) at Woodland Hills (USA)

Gerardo Luigi "Jerry" Colonna (September 17, 1904 – November 21, 1986) was an American comedian, singer, songwriter, and trombonist best remembered as the zaniest of Bob Hope's sidekicks in Hope's popular radio shows and films of the 1940s and 1950s.

With his pop-eyed facial expressions and walrus-sized handlebar moustache, Colonna was known for singing loudly "in a comic caterwaul," according to Raised on Radio author Gerald Nachman, and for his catchphrase, "Who's Yehudi?", uttered after many an old joke, although it usually had nothing to do with the joke. The line was believed to be named for violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, and the search for Yehudi became a running gag on the Hope show.

Colonna played a range of nitwitted characters, the best-remembered of which was a moronic professor. Nachman wrote:

Colonna brought a whacked-out touch to Hope's show. In a typical exchange, Hope asks, "Professor, did you plant the bomb in the embassy like I told you?", to which Colonna replied, in that whooping five-alarm voice, "Embassy? Great Scott, I thought you said NBC!"


Colonna married Florence Purcell, whom he reportedly met on a blind date in 1930; the couple adopted a son, Robert, in 1941. The marriage lasted 56 years. After his guest shot on The Monkees, Colonna suffered a stroke. Its paralytic effect forced his retirement from show business (save for a couple of brief cameo appearances in late '60s/early '70s Bob Hope specials), and a 1979 heart attack forced him to spend the last seven years of his life in the Motion Picture and Television Hospital. Florence stayed by his side to the end, when he died of kidney failure in 1986. She died eight years later at the same hospital.

Colonna's great-great niece is American stand-up comedian Sarah Colonna. It is not known if he was related to the Italian Colonna family of nobles.

Best films

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Usually with

Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(5 films)
Hans Dreier
Hans Dreier
(5 films)
Edith Head
Edith Head
(5 films)
Jack Kinney
Jack Kinney
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jerry Colonna (26 films)

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Andy Hardy Comes Home, 1h20
Directed by Howard W. Koch
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Mickey Rooney, Patricia Breslin, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker, Sara Haden, Joey Forman
Roles Doc
Rating59% 2.995622.995622.995622.995622.99562
Returning to his home town of Carvel after several years absence - and twelve years since the last Andy Hardy movie - Andrew Hardy (Mickey Rooney), now a high-flying west coast lawyer, reminiscences about his past (with flashbacks to his earlier filmed exploits alongside Judy Garland and Esther Williams et al.) and reconnects with his mother, aunt, sister (returning co-stars Fay Holden, Sara Haden and Cecilia Parker respectively) and nephew Jimmy (Johnny Weissmuller, Jr.) as he attempts to convince the skeptical small-townsfolk to let his company build a factory there.
Meet Me in Las Vegas, 1h52
Directed by Roy Rowland
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Henreid, Jim Backus, Lena Horne
Roles Jerry Colonna - MC at Silver Springs
Rating60% 3.049973.049973.049973.049973.04997
Le film se déroule à l'intérieur et aux alentours de l'hôtel Sands à Las Vegas; un joueur découvre que tout ce qu'il a à faire pour gagner à la roulette est de prendre la main d'une danseuse.
Alice in Wonderland, 1h15
Directed by Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Films about cats, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Musical films, Films based on Alice in Wonderland, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna, Verna Felton
Roles March Hare
Rating73% 3.696583.696583.696583.696583.69658
On a golden spring day at the bank of a tranquil river, a young 12-year-old girl named Alice grows bored listening to her older 19-year-old sister read aloud from a history book of William I of England. When her sister chastises Alice's daydreaming, Alice tells her kitten Dinah that she can live in a nonsensical magical land called Wonderland. While daydreaming, Alice spots a waistcoat-wearing White Rabbit passing by, exclaiming that he is "late for an important date". Alice gives chase and follows him into a rabbit hole, and falls into a large furnished hole. Her dress catches her fall like a parachute and she floats gently down. She sees the White Rabbit disappear into a tiny door and tries to follow, but the door's talking knob advises her to alter her size using a mysterious bottle marked "Drink Me." The contents shrink her to a fraction of her normal size, but the door is locked and the key is out of reach. She then takes a bite of a cookie that says “Eat Me” and grows large enough to fill the entire room. She begins to weep large tears that flood the room. The doorknob then tells Alice to drink from the bottle again, which causes her to shrink once more. Alice falls into the bottle and passes through the door's keyhole and into Wonderland. She meets several strange characters including the Dodo and Tweedledee and Tweedledum who recount the tale of "The Walrus and the Carpenter".
One Hour in Wonderland
Directed by Richard Wallace, Robert Florey
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors Walt Disney, Kathryn Beaumont, Bobby Driscoll, Edgar Bergen, Hans Conried, Adriana Caselotti
Roles March Hare
Rating74% 3.74873.74873.74873.74873.7487
Edgar Bergen informs Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd that Walt Disney has invited them to a tea party. Charlie is hesitant to go, but reluctantly changes his mind when he learns Kathryn Beaumont will be there. While driving to the studio, Edgar tells the story of Alice in Wonderland, much to Charlie's dismay. When they arrive, Walt Disney tells everyone that he was able to buy the Magic Mirror from Snow White (who apparently got it from the Wicked Queen). Charlie insults the mirror, calling it a "hopped-up television set." This enrages the mirror but Walt calms him down. The Mirror then shows everybody what they wish to see. He shows Kathryn a scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Charlie the Mickey Mouse short Clock Cleaners (although Charlie wanted to see himself), Bobby Driscoll a Br'er Rabbit story, Mortimer a Pluto short, and Edgar a performance by Firehouse Five Plus Two. At the end of the song, they see Walt, and frantically finish a scene with Tweedledee and Tweedledum. The Mirror at first refuses to show the unfinished Alice in Wonderland, but changes his mind when everyone wants to see it. The Mirror then reluctantly shows a scene from Alice in Wonderland. At the end of the special, Edgar has acquired the Magic Mirror. Charlie tries to make a deal with the mirror, but it turns out Mortimer is the new slave of the magic mirror. Charlie changes his mind and goes to sleep.
The Brave Engineer, 7minutes
Directed by Jack Kinney
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Children's films
Actors Jerry Colonna, Ken Darby
Rating68% 3.4285453.4285453.4285453.4285453.428545
Casey Jones, un conducteur de train à vapeur, doit s'assurer de la bonne livraison du courrier par le rail... Plusieurs problèmes surviennent sur le trajet, tels qu'une inondation consécutive à une tempête (on voit le train cheminer sous l'eau comme un sous-marin), un pont dynamité par un fou (le train s'arrache cependant du fond du canyon en grimpant à la verticale), l'archétypique demoiselle-en-détresse ligotée sur la voie par un assassin, des bandits (que Casey assomme et balance par dessus bord en usant de sa pelle à charbon comme un chasse-mouches) et une vache sur la voie. À toute vitesse, mettant les roues et les rails en fusion, rivetant les fuites de la chaudière debout sur les bielles en plein mouvement, Casey parvient à rejoindre sa destination avec une locomotive en grande partie détruite mais tenant le sac postal.
Melody Time, 1h15
Directed by Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Films about birds, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Roy Rogers, Dennis Day, Frances Langford, Bob Nolan, Pinto Colvig, Bobby Driscoll
Rating62% 3.1498153.1498153.1498153.1498153.149815
Mélodie Cocktail a pour maître de cérémonie un masque ayant la voix de Buddy Clark. Chacune des séquences, dont le titre s'anime grâce à un pinceau sur une partition de musique, est chantée par un artiste des années 1940-50.
Road to Rio, 1h40
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod, Oscar Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musical films, Road movies, Buddy films
Actors Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard, Frank Faylen, Frank Puglia
Roles Himself
Rating69% 3.496483.496483.496483.496483.49648
Scat Sweeney and Hot Lips Barton, two out-of-work musicians, travel the United States trying to find work and stay away from girls. After running from state to state, each time running because of a girl, they try their luck in Louisiana.
Make Mine Music, 1h15
Directed by Joe Grant, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador, Jack Kinney
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Musical, Animation
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Jerry Colonna, Sterling Holloway, Andy Russell, Ken Darby
Roles narrateur (Casey At the Bat)
Rating61% 3.093213.093213.093213.093213.09321
Le film se présente comme une séance dans une salle de spectacle. Il se compose de dix séquences nommées différemment lors de leurs rééditions en dehors du long métrage :
Atlantic City, 1h27
Directed by Ray McCarey
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Constance Moore, Charley Grapewin, Jerry Colonna, Dorothy Dandridge, Adele Mara, Pierre Watkin
Rating61% 3.09963.09963.09963.09963.0996
In 1915, Atlantic City is a sleepy seaside resort, but Brad Taylor, son of a small hotel and vaudeville house proprietor, has big plans: he thinks it can be "the playground of the world." Brad's wheeling and dealing proves remarkably successful in attracting big enterprises and big shows, but brings him little success in personal relationships. Full of nostalgic songs and acts, some with the original artists.
My Favorite Blonde, 1h18
Directed by Frank Butler, Sidney Lanfield
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Spy
Themes Spy films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard, George Zucco, Macdonald Carey, Walter Kingsford
Rating71% 3.590633.590633.590633.590633.59063
When a British secret agent is murdered in the line of duty, agent Karen Bentley inherits the mission from her partner. The mission is to deliver a flight plan for a hundred American bomber planes to a British agent in Chicago. The plans are hidden in a small medallion of a scorpion that Karen wears.
Star Spangled Rhythm, 1h39
Directed by Ralph Murphy, George Marshall, Frank Tuttle, A. Edward Sutherland, Lewis Allen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Betty Hutton, Eddie Bracken, Victor Moore, Walter Abel, Anne Revere, Cass Daley
Roles Bob Hope skit
Rating65% 3.293573.293573.293573.293573.29357
Pop Webster (Victor Moore) is a former silent movie star once known as "Bronco Billy" who now works as the guard on the main gate at Paramount Pictures. However, he's told his son Johnny (Eddie Bracken), who's in the Navy, that he's the studio's Executive Vice President in Charge of Production. When Johnny shows up in Hollywood on shore leave, Pop and the studio's switchboard operator Polly Judson (Betty Hutton) go all-out to maintain the illusion for Johnny and his sailor friends that Pop's a studio big-wig. Things get a bit complicated when Pop offers to put on a variety show for the Navy, featuring all of Paramount's stars, but Polly convinces Bob Hope and Bing Crosby to do the show, and they convince the rest of the stars on the lot.
True to the Army, 1h17
Directed by Albert S. Rogell
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Actors Allan Jones, Ann Miller, Jerry Colonna, Clarence Kolb, Edward Pawley, William Wright
Roles Pvt. 'Pinky' Fothergill
Rating67% 3.35193.35193.35193.35193.3519