The Court Jester

The Court Jester‚ (1955) starring Danny Kaye, Angela Lansbury, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone

The Court Jester

Review of The Court Jester (1955) starring Danny Kaye, Angela Lansbury, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone

I can safely say that The Court Jester with Danny Kaye is one of the funniest movies that I’ve ever seen.  The film begins in medieval England with a band of outlaws led by the Black Fox, determined to put the rightful king of England on the throne.  The king is only a baby, with the tell-tale birthmark, a purple pimpernel, on his royal bottom.

In charge of the infant is Hubert Hawkins, a carnival performer played wonderfully by Danny Kaye.  He and Maid Jean (played by Glynnis Johns) must take the child to safety, hidden inside a secret compartment in a cart, as Danny Kaye pretends to be an old man, who has to ‘œinterpret’ for his ‘œdeaf granddaughter’ when interrogated by the king’s men – €a very, very funny scene – ‘she stutters’. (more…)

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