The Court Jester Reviews

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October 28, 2019
Danny Kaye and his reliable writerdirectors, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, join forces in another high-spirited comedy, this one a burlesque of the screen's own sword-opera spectaculars.
September 29, 2019
The Court Jester (1955) is Paramount's Vista-Vision comedy film starring Danny Kaye (in his best-known performance). It is a classic, high-energy musical spoof of the dashing adventure films in Hollywood's Golden Age...
March 19, 2019
I was of course struck by the light touch with which the romance is handled.
March 24, 2014
It's as much horseplay as swordplay and, altogether, a witty delight.
December 16, 2013
Rightly regarded as one of the peaks of Kaye's career.
January 28, 2011
Costumed swashbucklers undergo a happy spoofing in The Court Jester with Danny Kaye heading the fun-poking.
January 28, 2011
A flawlessly executed, beautifully designed genre parody.
Top Critic
January 28, 2011
In The Court Jester, Funnyman Kaye takes all the laughs he needs, but he takes them when they do not stop the show.
January 28, 2011
A cracking jest, wonderfully enjoyable.
January 28, 2011
Some accomplished slapstick, but nothing special.
December 28, 2010
Terrific family fun.
February 11, 2009
With most comedies that were still reveling in the world of Vaudeville despite three decades of separation, The Court Jester throws the kitchen sink at the audience.
March 23, 2008
The cleverly written plot is suitable for Kaye's talent.
March 1, 2008
June 24, 2006
Whether it's really watchable depends on what you feel about the charmless Kaye, whose vehicle this is from start to finish.
March 25, 2006
It's good fun.
June 11, 2005
May 31, 2004
If Danny Kaye doesn't find you wishing you had a gun on you, this is one of his better efforts.
April 3, 2004
March 2, 2004
See Errol Flynn in Robin Hood — and then see Kaye in Court Jester. The former is the ultimate swashbuckler; the latter the ultimate swashbuckler spoof.
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