The Court Jester

The Court Jester

Norman Panama (1956)

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This medieval spoof, produced, written and directed by the formidable team of Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, gave Danny Kaye one of his finest roles, as the meek and mild valet who saves a kingdom from its tyrannical ruler. It's worth watching for the classic "vessel-with-the-pestle" routine alone - one of the funniest devices Kaye ever employed. Basil Rathbone cuts an elegant figure of villainy, while Glynis Johns, Cecil Parker and Angela Lansbury get almost as many laughs as Kaye by playing it straight. It's as much horseplay as swordplay and, altogether, a witty delight.


A wicked nobleman appoints himself king of England, while the rightful heir to the throne is just a baby in the care of a notorious revolutionary. A bumbling follower of the rebel is persuaded to infiltrate the tyrant's castle disguised as a jester, but the plan is complicated when a princess falls in love with him. Medieval musical comedy, starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns and Basil Rathbone.

Cast & Crew

Hawkins Danny Kaye
Maid Jean Glynis Johns
Sir Ravenhurst Basil Rathbone
Princess Gwendolyn Angela Lansbury
King Roderick Cecil Parker
Griselda Mildred Natwick
Sir Griswold Robert Middleton
Sir Locksley Michael Pate
Captain of the guard Herbert Rudley
Fergus Noel Drayton
Black Fox Edward Ashley
Giacomo John Carradine
Sir Brockhurst Alan Napier
Director Norman Panama
Director Melvin Frank
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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