The Court Jester
1955, Comedy/Musical, 1h 41m30 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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A witty spoof of medieval swashbuckler movies, The Court Jester showcases Danny Kaye at his nimble, tongue-twisting best. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for The Court Jester
Rightly regarded as one of the peaks of Kaye's career.December 16, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Costumed swashbucklers undergo a happy spoofing in The Court Jester with Danny Kaye heading the fun-poking.
In The Court Jester, Funnyman Kaye takes all the laughs he needs, but he takes them when they do not stop the show.
A cracking jest, wonderfully enjoyable.January 28, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Some accomplished slapstick, but nothing special.
Terrific family fun.December 28, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Court Jester
Jan 03, 2020An insane vehicle for Danny Kaye. Each scene slowly adds more and more outrageous farce elements until the frenzied finale. Its often quite funny but the movie is a little exhausting.Alec B Super Reviewer
May 26, 2009Wonderfully deconstructing the swashbuckler genre, poking fun at the films of Errol Flynn in particular, and featuring one of Danny Kaye's best performances, a catalogue of satirical delights, highlighted by Kaye's "pellet with the Poison" bit.hawk l Super Reviewer
Sep 23, 2007Danny Kaye's mistaken identity comedy set on the medieval British court is nothing less than one of the funniest films of all times. Sure, it starts out slowly and with a couple of old-fashioned yet catchy musical pieces. But once things are moving and the innocent bard starts playing the court jester's role, it's a joy to watch the mix-ups, puns and jokes that come with it. That's so cleverly written and charming that you can't help but smile for 90 minutes. It also helps that Danny Kaye is simply incredibly funny, with the sped-up knighting process and poisoned goblet sequence being the outrageous highlights. The old castle and ramparts sets from the classic knight adventures of that era are oozing with nostalgia. During the hilarious showdown things get particularly wacky and hilarious. You just have to love a film where dwarfs juggle grown men on their feet and the hero's fencing skills depend on a snap of the fingers. And you know you've just watched a feel good film when even the evil king sings along to the happy ending tune. A timeless masterpiece of comedy.Jens S Super Reviewer
Jul 18, 2007the tongue twisters in one scene will keep you in stitches for awhileKevin M. W Super Reviewer