The Court Jester

The Court Jester

Director: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama Cast: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns


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Danny Kaye spoofs medieval swashbucklers in this classic musical comedy. While the infant King of England awaits his rightful place as leader of the British Empire, his rule is usurped by Roderick (Cecil Parker), an evil pretender to the throne. Brave rebel leader The Black Fox (Edward Ashley) intends to remove Roderick from the palace and bring the crown back to its true owner, but in the meantime the baby king needs to be looked after, which is the job of a man named Hawkins (Kaye). The Black Fox travels with the little king and his rebels as they search for the key to a secret tunnel that will allow them passage into the castle. Maid Jean (Glynis Johns), one of the rebels, meets a man en route to the Castle who is to be Roderick's new jester. The rebels quickly hatch a plan: detain the jester and send Hawkins in his place; the king can then find the key and initiate the overthrow. Hawkins is able to persuade Roderick and his men that he is indeed a jester, but his espionage work gets complicated when Princess Gwendolyn (Angela Lansbury) falls in love with him, and he runs afoul of Sir Ravenhurst (Basil Rathbone), the evil genius behind Roderick. Court Jester features Kaye's famous "Pellet with the Poison" routine.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2019
UPC: 0032429277589
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 2,315

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Kaye Hawkins
Glynis Johns Maid Jean
Basil Rathbone Sir Ravenhurst
Angela Lansbury Princess Gwendolyn
Cecil Parker King Roderick
Mildred Natwick Griselda
Robert Middleton Sir Griswold
Michael Pate Sir Locksley
Herbert Rudley Captain of the Guard
Noel Drayton Fergus
Edward Ashley Black Fox
John Carradine Giacomo
Alan Napier Sir Brockhurst
Lewis Martin Sir Finsdale
Patrick Aherne Sir Pertwee
Richard Kean Archbishop
Eric Alden Actor
Leo Britt Actor
Bill Cartledge Actor
Billy Curtis Actor
Frank Delfino Actor
Leslie Denison Actor
Irving Fulton Actor
Russell Gaige Actor
Len Hendry Actor
Robin Hughes Actor
Charles Irwin Actor
Ray Kellogg Actor
Michael Mahoney [uncredited]
Paul Newlan Actor
John O'Malley Actor
Tudor Owen Actor
William Pullen Actor
Robert Smith Actor
Trevor Ward Actor
Lloyd Nelson Actor
Joel Smith Actor
Harry Monty Actor
Phyllis Coughlan Actor
Larry Pennell Novice Knight
Vic Schoen Conductor

Technical Credits
Melvin Frank Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Norman Panama Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Roland Anderson Production Designer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John R. Coonan Asst. Director
Sylvia Fine Songwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray June Cinematographer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Tom McAdoo Cinematographer,Editor
Hal Pereira Production Designer
Irmin Roberts Special Effects
Vic Schoen Score Composer
James Starbuck Choreography
Wally Westmore Makeup
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Court Jester
255. Scene Selection

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Court Jester 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all need a good laugh now and then and this film delivers plenty. This is Danny Kaye at his best. The film is well made, well cast and well executed in beautiful color. It contains the famous, 'The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true, the flagon with the dragon has the poison!' routine. Kayes genius at alternating between timid soul and fearless master swordsman is hilarious (as is the 'knighting ceremony'). This film is SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES and is highly recommended for a fun time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best movie I've ever seen. The sword fight left me in stitches. I highly recommend it.
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RobertaSZ More than 1 year ago
I am a BIG Danny Kaye fan and have been since the 1950s when I was a child and first was exposed to this wonderful entertainer. As they say, the don't make them like they used to! I wish there was someone like him for the children of today but he ages well, thank goodness!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This "oldie" is absurdly funny, it keeps you on your toes trying to keep up with all the silly word play and craziness. Even younger kids can get a real laugh out of this one! It's my all time favorite old movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie for the first time in 8th grade - my English teacher brought it as a treat for our class and we all screamed our heads off. It's suitable for all ages and incredibly funny! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many fans of this magnificent jester rightly see this as the highlight movie of Danny Kaye's long running career. Beware, he is not the only one with the gift of the twisted tongue. Sylvia Fine, his wife, is the one responsible for the gift of gab introduced by an evil witch, and an honest warrior as well. "Eye of newt, tail of swine...." The words that send the terrified baby watcher swinging on the vines, hypotised into beliving that he is the greatest fencer and lover of that ever lived. Be careful when you snap your fingers, however.
Grammy-01 More than 1 year ago
I find him to be a wonderul actor. If you like classic films this one is a real entertainer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Danny Kaye is one of the comedians that can make the average comedy lover laugh until it hurts. Or just love to watch it over and over just because it's got Danny Kaye in it. Any scene with Kaye in it is the best scene.The world lost a great one when Kaye died. Thank you Danny Kaye for your lasting memories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great film! One of the best Danny Kaye movies. Perfect for all ages. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The funniest movie ever (next to Gone fishin and Trapped in paradise) a great film.... and must see. Danny Kay is an absolutly brilliant!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Court Jester is one of my favorite movies and is also loved by my 8 year old daughter. Danny Kaye is marvelous. I never tire of watching this movie. Everything about it is first rate. It's clever, funny, charming, and interesting. Check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Court Jester is a hilarious, action packed, witty, romantic comedy just right for the whole family. I'd give it five stars because every time I watch it, I can't stop laughing till it's over.