The Court Jester
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Danny Kaye spoofs medieval swashbucklers in this classic musical comedy. While the infant King of England awaits his rightful place as leader of the British Empire, his rule is usurped by Roderick (Cecil Parker), an evil pretender to the throne. Brave rebel leader The Black Fox (Edward Ashley) intends to remove Roderick from the palace and bring the crown back to its true owner, but in the meantime the baby king needs to be looked after, which is the job of a man named Hawkins (Kaye). The Black Fox travels with the little king and his rebels as they search for the key to a secret tunnel that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Costumed swashbucklers undergo a happy spoofing in The Court Jester with Danny Kaye heading the fun-poking."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Whether it's really watchable depends on what you feel about the charmless Kaye, whose vehicle this is from start to finish."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Rightly regarded as one of the peaks of Kaye's career."
‑ Sam Adams, The Dissolve
"Terrific family fun."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"If Danny Kaye doesn't find you wishing you had a gun on you, this is one of his better efforts."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"In The Court Jester, Funnyman Kaye takes all the laughs he needs, but he takes them when they do not stop the show."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It's good fun."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A flawlessly executed, beautifully designed genre parody."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"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."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Some accomplished slapstick, but nothing special."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's as much horseplay as swordplay and, altogether, a witty delight."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"A cracking jest, wonderfully enjoyable."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The cleverly written plot is suitable for Kaye's talent."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Comedy co-producers directors writers Frank and Panama gave Kaye his funniest role since The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
‑ , Film4
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