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The Court Jester [1956] (1 disc)

Director:Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Writer:Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Composer:Vic Schoen
Songs:Sammy Cahn
Sylvia Fine
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Charlie
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A hopeful rebel poses as a court jester in order to put the rightful king on the throne.

Reaction: Fun and coherent. Quite enjoyable.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Melvin Frank => Director / Writer
Norman Panama => Director / Writer
Vic Schoen => Composer
Sammy Cahn => Songs
Sylvia Fine => Songs
Alan Napier => Sir Brockhurst
Angela Lansbury => Princess Gwendolyn
Basil Rathbone => Sir Ravenhurst
Cecil Parker => King Roderick I
Danny Kaye => Hubert Hawkins
Edward Ashley => Black Fox
Glynis Johns => Maid Jean
John Carradine => Giacomo
Lewis Martin => Sir Finsdale
Michael Pate => Sir Locksley
Mildred Natwick => Griselda
Patrick Aherne => Sir Pertwee
Richard Kean => Archbishop
Robert Middleton => Sir Griswold

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Some songs that were written but not heard in the film are {I Live To Love} (sung by Danny Kaye to Angela Lansbury when he swings into her bedroom) and an extended {Pass the Basket} number when Kaye appears before the King (just prior to the famous {Maladjusted Jester}). Both songs were, however, recorded and released on the film's companion record.
  • In the famous "snapping" swordfight between Danny Kaye and Basil Rathbone, Kaye's sword movements were too fast for Rathbone, who was 63 at the time. The film's fight choreographer dressed up as Rathbone's character and was filmed from behind for the fast sections. If you look, you can see that most of the fight consists of "Rathbone" from the back, then shots of the real Rathbone standing "en garde".
  • Danny Kaye's daughter, [?] Dena Kaye, said for the rest of his life, when people recognized Danny in a restaurant, they would walk up and spout the entire "brew that is true" speech.
  • Basil Rathbone was a world-class fencer and it was due to his efforts that the hilarious fencing scene was filmed without injury. He later admitted that several times he was almost skewered by Danny Kaye's sword.
  • Unimpressed with him in tights, producers of the film made Danny Kaye wear 'leg falsies' to improve the shape of his legs. This adds a touch of irony when Hubert Hawkins offers the princess all of him, including his legs and calves.
  • The "Now I can shoot and toot" speech during {The Maladjusted Jester} was previously said by Danny Kaye in his first feature role in Up in Arms.