The Court Jester

The Court Jester

Directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama • 1956 • United States
Starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury

Classic Hollywood’s clown prince Danny Kaye received one of his finest showcases with this rollicking adventure comedy, in which he plays a carnival performer in medieval England who goes undercover as a court jester to infiltrate the royal castle and help restore the rightful king to the throne. A frenetic spoof of the Errol Flynn–style swashbuckler, this raucous Technicolor romp features some of Kaye’s most brilliantly inventive routines, including his classic tongue twister “the pellet with the poison.”

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The Court Jester
  • The Court Jester

    Directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama • 1956 • United States
    Starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury

    Classic Hollywood’s clown prince Danny Kaye received one of his finest showcases with this rollicking adventure comedy, in which he plays a carnival performer in medieval England ...