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Court Jester

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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
7.69 /10
Danny Kaye , Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone
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Directed by: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
Written by: Norman Panama, Melvyn Frank

Released: 1955
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 101

Mild-mannered mediaeval subject (Danny Kaye) poses as jester to defeat King Roderick (Cecil Parker) who has ousted the real royal family.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Danny Kaye is at his best in this much loved but heavy-handed spoof on mediaeval swashbucklers, and the "chalice from the palace" routine remains a classic. Whether or not you appreciate Kaye, the songs are jolly and the supporting cast performs wonders with some fairly mediaeval jokes. Compared with Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1994), it's a masterpiece.

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