The Court Jester (1955) - Adventure, Comedy, Family

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A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful King.

IMDB: 7.9
Director: Melvin Frank
Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 7 out of 115 found boring (6.08%)

One-line Reviews (34)

The story is very fast paced,and Kaye never misses a beat.

However, "The Court Jester" gives this cliché a nicely satirical twist, by stating that the infant bears his special sign on his butt...

Of course, nowadays we don't have physical comedians that skillful, personable, or engaging.

Yes, the effect reversing directions as Kaye is dragged around is cheesy and dated.

The costumes are gorgeous and the fight choreography is truely stunning.

Many of the songs are enjoyable as well.

And, to the movie's credit, the songs are pretty entertaining as well.

The movie itself is an entertaining, (and very, very funny), pastiche of all those Norman/Saxon swashbucklers.

At this stage in his life he was bored with his public persona as a tongue-twisting milquetoast and it made me feel like he was going through the motions a bit.

quite a typical output for a film of this genre in this era) and entertaining songs.

For instance, you've got the Infant Heir In Danger, saved and protected at great risk by a small band of faithful subjects : it's a thundering great big old cliché, which goes back to storytelling conventions already old when Homer was young.

As a person that is very interested in medieval films, I found this movie to be very funny, very laughable and most entertaining.

The cast is filled with outstanding actors - Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, and many others - who make their characters entertaining and memorable.

I have seen Basil Rathbone in the Adventures of Robin Hood, and knew Basil was the best swordsman in cinema history but Danny made the fencing sequence more thrilling with his constant switch from a klutz to an adroit at the twinkling of an eye.

The tongue-in-cheek attitude of its players make this a pleasing family film that both children and adults can enjoy, even those who find swashbuckler movies to be predictable and pedestrian.

The few panoramic landscape shots are stunning and almost surreal.

We want to see his snappy performance of "You'll Never Outfox the Fox" which he performs to boost morale within the camp.

Fun,nuttily enjoyable Danny kaye comedy .

Meanwhile grey fox Basil Rathbone and others are all plotting and being counter-plotted against/by King Cecil Parker and others and – it's all rather confusing really!

The scene where he is in and out of a trance while engaging in swordplay is terrific.

Also take note of the beautiful Angela Landsbury (in one of her earliest roles) and Glynnis Johns who add the sparkle to this enjoyable film.

Empty Pestles .

This film is worth watching if only to see how beautiful Angela Lansbury (the princess) was when she was younger.

The infant heir is bearing a distinguishing mark on his body : again, this is a cliché so old that it travels back for many, many centuries, to a time where people believed that rulers were special, either because they were gods or because they were in close contact with gods.

The songs I can take or leave, but the dancing (and I speak as a dance agnostic) is thrilling and colourful.

Very enjoyable spoof of the swashbuckling genre with Danny Kaye in effervescent form in the lead role.

The story could have easily been tired (comedy of errors is not a new concept, and has had variable results when executed on film) and admittedly it's a bit sketchy, but that doesn't matter because the time just flies by, the spoofs are so much fun to spot and very cleverly incorporated and it's just so greatly entertaining, good-natured and warm-hearted.

I saw it when it first came out, and we enjoyed it so much, we nearly bought tickets to see it again, right away.

Terrifically Entertaining Comic Adventure .

Brisk and snappy, packed with charm.

Well worth watching.

Here he gets to play both the coward and the hero in a delightful dual role that is as energetic as it is mirthful - and thankfully the supporting cast (Cecil Parker, Angela Lansbury and Basil Rathbone in particular) are clued into the nature of the film to bring about top entertaining results.

It starts off slow and as the drums quicken, and Kaye is literally carried through.

Similarly the second thing, about the identification of the chalices (with poison vs without) was not only sillier, but soon became outright boring.