The Court Jester

A 12th century court jester in England becomes involved with a desperate band of outlaws who are attempting to overthrow the king.


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  • ★★★★ review by Kerry Maxwell on Letterboxd

    A perfectly silly Robin Hood-esque parody; with silly wordplay, silly songs, silly sight gags, and lot's of colorfully costumed little people. Danny Kaye is delightful and charming, Glynis Johns makes my knees wobble, and it's mid-50's Technicolor is gorgeous. Delightful family fun.

  • ★★★★★ review by Timcop on Letterboxd

    Danny Kaye's masterpiece, if you'll allow that Danny Kaye can star in a comedy masterpiece. A tour-de-force performance if there ever was one, Kaye plays the oft-hypnotized, mostly competent member of a rogue band plotting to overthrow the king and restore England to its rightful heir. He and his commanding officer, played with cunning precision by the wonderful Glynis Johns, stumble upon the opportunity to infiltrate the castle as the king's bumbling court jester, after hitting John Carradine on the head with a 2x4, of course. Hijinks with a capital "H" ensue.

    Also, the vessel with the pistol and the flagon dragon brew true pazzel wazzle.

  • ★★★★ review by Melissa W on Letterboxd

    My parents taped this off cable when I was a child and we watched it over and over simply to hear Danny Kaye completely talk himself into then out of the correct rhyme to remember the right cup to drink (They broke the flagon with the dragon!). And there was singing and dancing. And I'm pretty sure my brothers had the hots for Angela Lansbury and Glynnis Johns (who were probably around 19 or 20 when the movie was shot).

    And Basil Rathbone skulks about.

    Now that I'm a grownup I have it on DVD and can watch as much as I like!

  • ★★★½ review by StormofCuteness on Letterboxd

    My husband grew up with this one, and I'd never seen it. I do delight in Danny Kaye, and he's given an opportunity to do what he does best--tongue twisters included. The opening credits were unique and fun. I wish more films cared about such things anymore.

    Anyway, it's silly, colorful, and very 50s by way of the middle ages. A Robin Hood parody musical which can also make you go, "Wow, Angela Lansbury was a stone cold hottie."

    Avoid if you hate musicals, comedy bits, and predictability.

  • ★★★★ review by nanci on Letterboxd

    Maid Jean is one of my favourite characters of all time,, what an absolute legend. I love she.

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