The Court Jester

The Court Jester

Streaming Video - 1956
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This spectacular production features the tremendous pageantry and color of 12th century England and the considerable talents of Danny Kaye. Kaye plays a court jester who becomes involved with outlaws trying to overthrow the king. In between singing, dancing and clowning, he still finds time for some jousting with knights, dangerous duels with swordsmen, and rescuing damsels in distress. A delightful comedy for the whole family.
Audience: Rated UNK.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount : Made available through hoopla, 1956.
ISBN: 9780792161561
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 101 min.)) : sound, color

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Danny Kaye is brilliantly goofy. Also look out for Angela Lansbury and Glynis Johns!


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BritCrimeDramaFan
Jun 09, 2017

Classic Danny Kaye with his penchant for both physical and intellectual comedy! Enjoy it all over again!

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ChicaBooks16
Dec 06, 2016

Fantastic dancing, hilarious story line, excellent duel. Basil Rathbone (who plays the villain) was a seasoned fencer, but Danny Kaye had never fenced before making this film. Kaye proved to be such a quick learner (and was younger than Rathbone by quite a few years) that it wasn't long before he was besting Rathbone in their practices. If you like musical-dance comedy, especially in Busby Berkeley's huge-dance-troop style, you'll be delighted by the dancing in this film! Karen

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hur74Vety
Jun 09, 2010

Very clever and hilarious! Great for adults and their kids!

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Calgovin
Jul 24, 2008

A classic comedy. Danny Kaye at his best. This movie was one of the first comedies I remember watching as a child. It has influenced me in my love of the big screen.

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Calgovin
Jul 24, 2008

Calgovin thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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sparkkitten
Jan 18, 2010

This is one of my favorite movies including comedy, a royal take-over, protection of a young heir, a band of out-laws much like Robin Hood and his group, and some confusing wordplay about poison....

(SPOILER ALERT!! SERIOUSLY, TURN BACK DOWN, IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE BECAUSE I WILL BE GIVING AWAY EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE VERY END!!)

The Court Jester is mainly about a young man, who follows the Black Fox (Robin Hood-like character) and is constantly impersonating his master, and amusing the other men in the Black Fox's group with a few circus friends.

However, the nearby castle has been taken over by a powerful and spiteful being, who has assumed king. He killed the real king and queen, but their infant child managed to escape and is in the care of the Black Fox.

The out-laws quickly form a plan to regain the throne to it's rightful owner, and send spies inside the castle--including the head of entertainment and the Captain.

The Captain and the young man--disguised as an old grandfather--head into town with the infant king hidden in a wine cart.

They quickly intercept some of the "king's" men, but eventually persuaded them to let them proceed.

An evening storm breaks out, and they duck into a vacant cottage for the night.

Soon they are settled, but an odd visitor comes knocking, introducing himself as the "King of Jesters, and Jester of Kings".

The Captain's quick-thinking brain and silver tongue gets the mysterious traveler to talk, and she finds out that he is on his way to the castle to serve as (big surprise) the court jester.

The Captain, having all the information needed, clobbers the jester on the head, saying, "You dress up as him, and get into the castle. I'll take care of him." (And that's the last we hear of the jester.)

The next day, dressed as the court jester, the young man heads toward the castle on a different route than the Captain.

But, no sooner had he arrived, than the "king's" daughter falls in love with him.

Her father wills her to marry a warrior from the North, whom the princess hates.

Long story short, the warrior and the new jester arrange a joust--or rather the "king" does, for he is not fond of his love to the princess, and would gladly see him dead--for the princess's hand.

(Here's where the wordplay comes in.) It is traditional before jousts to have a drink.

With the help of the princess's servant, a witch-like type, they poison one of the drinks, and tell the jester.

They use such confusing rhymes as: "the vessel with the pestle," "the flagon with the dragon," and the "chalice with the palace."

However, one of the Northern warrior's followers hears them conversing, and tell the princess's suitor.

So, when it comes to the drink, they are both trying to get the un-poisoned one (which is really hilarious) and they keep fighting over whose drink is whose, that the "king" eventually skips the drink, and tells them to go straight on to the battle.

Will the jester survive the mighty warrior?

Will the throne be returned to the rightful royal infant?

And what will become of the princess and her love to the jester...?

Find out in...The Court Jester!

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sparkkitten
Jan 18, 2010

"King of Jesters, and Jester of Kings."

"Flagon with the Dragon."

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