The Court Jester

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an usurper who has overthrown the rightful king of England.


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  • ★★★★ review by george 🎅 on Letterboxd

    The Court Jester is a delight. This is my introduction to Danny Kaye and he gives a brilliant comedic performance that made me smile to the brim.

    The songs were fun and the plot was wonderfully insane.


    Lansbury and Rathbone and Johns, oh my!


    This nice little watch (and embarrassingly lazy review) has prompted me to start Musical Mondays. Through my love of musicals and alteration, if I can watch a film on the worst day of the week, it'll be a musical. Classic or modern I don't mind, if you have any suggestions feel free to drop some in. ^_^

  • ★★★★ 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 Carter_Aakhus on Letterboxd

    Loaded with wit and rhyming wordplay, The Court Jester is a fun story with some entertaining musical numbers and a great sword fight. I didn't connect with the material enough to consider it a knockout, but it was good.

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