The Court Jester
The Court Jester (1956)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 27, 1956
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A witty spoof of medieval swashbuckler movies, The Court Jester showcases Danny Kaye at his nimble, tongue-twisting best.

Variety Staff

Costumed swashbucklers undergo a happy spoofing in The Court Jester with Danny Kaye heading the fun-poking.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Whether it's really watchable depends on what you feel about the charmless Kaye, whose vehicle this is from start to finish.

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Sam Adams
The Dissolve

Rightly regarded as one of the peaks of Kaye's career.

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TIME Magazine

In The Court Jester, Funnyman Kaye takes all the laughs he needs, but he takes them when they do not stop the show.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It's good fun.

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TV Guide

A flawlessly executed, beautifully designed genre parody.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Some accomplished slapstick, but nothing special.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

It's as much horseplay as swordplay and, altogether, a witty delight.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A cracking jest, wonderfully enjoyable.

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More reviews for The Court Jester

Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Danny 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… More
Kevin M. Williams
the tongue twisters in one scene will keep you in stitches for awhile
Lady D'arbanville
[Rewatch] I film I loved as a child and this is my first viewing since and was full of Nostalgia for me. No doubt about it that Danny Kaye was a great showman… More
xGary Xx
Good natured vaudevillean slapstick swashbuckler from the old school, Danny Kaye was one of my favourites as a kid. It probably all looks very lame in… More
Ken Stachnik
Good old fashion fun. They jump the shark a little when the midget circus comes to the rescue, but the final sword fight is makes up for it. and Angela… More
jay nixon
Danny Kaye's best