The Court Jester (1955)

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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.




  • Danny Kaye in The Court Jester (1955)
  • Mildred Natwick in The Court Jester (1955)
  • Robert Middleton in The Court Jester (1955)
  • Noel Drayton in The Court Jester (1955)
  • Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker in The Court Jester (1955)
  • Michael Pate in The Court Jester (1955)

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26 September 2000 | marko
Maybe the All-Time Funniest Film
If you can watch this movie without laughing, please seek immediate medical attention -- you may not have a pulse!

Much is made of Danny Kaye's outstanding performance in this film; it is clearly his best. Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, and Mildred Natwick also do some of their finest work.

A word about the writing: this is not an adlib fest, a la Robin Williams. It is not a cornucopia of bodily functions, as in "Something about Mary." What it is, is a finely crafted example of comic writing that meshes like a fine Swiss watch. But you'll hardly notice as the cast and script click, because you'll be laughing too hard.

Note: "Princess Bride" aside, this movie also contains the finest swordplay ever captured on film.

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