Court Jester

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Norman Panama directed Danny Kaye in the comedy Court Jester, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer. This is a decent disc from Paramount that does show the age of the film being presented. This DVD will please fans of ...
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Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker March 30, 1999 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 101 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1. ... Originally released: 1956. Read more Show Less

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Norman Panama directed Danny Kaye in the comedy Court Jester, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer. This is a decent disc from Paramount that does show the age of the film being presented. This DVD will please fans of older comedies.
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Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English mono; French mono; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Court Jester deconstructs the swashbuckler genre, poking fun at the films of Errol Flynn in particular. Featuring one of Danny Kaye's best-known performances, it is a catalogue of satirical delights, highlighted by Kaye's "The Pellet with the Poison" bit. Written, directed, and produced by the team of Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, the film avoids self-parody thanks to the well-chosen supporting players, including Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury. Its major weakness is its romantic subplot, which slows the momentum at several points. Kaye's energetic humor, however, is enough to get the film back on track whenever it threatens to become maudlin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • UPC: 097360551273
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Kaye Hawkins
Glynis Johns Maid Jean
Basil Rathbone Sir Ravenhurst
Angela Lansbury Princess Gwendolyn
Cecil Parker King Roderick
Mildred Natwick Griselda
Robert Middleton Sir Griswold
Michael Pate Sir Locksley
Herbert Rudley Captain of the Guard
Noel Drayton Fergus
Edward Ashley Black Fox
John Carradine Giacomo
Alan Napier Sir Brockhurst
Lewis Martin Sir Finsdale
Patrick Aherne Sir Pertwee
Richard Kean Archbishop
Eric Alden
Leo Britt
Bill Cartledge
Billy Curtis
Frank Delfino
Leslie Denison
Irving Fulton
Russell Gaige
Len Hendry
Robin Hughes
Charles Irwin
Ray Kellogg
Michael Mahoney [uncredited]
Paul Newlan
John O'Malley
Tudor Owen
William Pullen
Robert Smith
Trevor Ward
Lloyd Nelson
Joel Smith
Harry Monty
Phyllis Coughlan
Larry Pennell Novice Knight
Technical Credits
Melvin Frank Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Norman Panama Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Roland Anderson Production Designer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John R. Coonan Asst. Director
Sylvia Fine Songwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray June Cinematographer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Tom McAdoo Cinematographer, Editor
Hal Pereira Production Designer
Irmin Roberts Special Effects
Vic Schoen Score Composer
James Starbuck Choreography
Wally Westmore Makeup
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main titles, "Life could not better be" [:16]
2. The child lives [2:53]
3. An alliance with Griswold [1:07]
4. "Outfox the Fox" [3:17]
5. Hawkins' duties. [2:49]
6. Foutzingdale, the wine merchan [2:49]
7. The woodman's hut, "Baby, let me take you dreaming" [4:02]
8. Hawkins and the Captain [2:50]
9. Jester to the King [4:04]
10. The incomparable Giacomo [:21]
11. Jean arrives at the castle [4:09]
12. True love, "My heart knows a lovely song" [1:58]
13. To whom do I hum? [:57]
14. The Duke, the Duchess and the Doge [2:15]
15. Griselda, she of the evil empire [2:31]
16. The key to the secret passage [2:59]
17. A mission of love [2:50]
18. Murder for three, "Order flowers for the widows." [1:23]
19. Loo-loo-looing and willow willo-waileying, "The maladjusted jester" [4:51]
20. The untimely demise of Lords Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee [:03]
21. Silken Handkerchief [3:03]
22. Knight the jester [6:17]
23. Tests of manhood, skill and courage [:04]
24. Breckenridge's scourge [1:39]
25. Sir Giacomo [3:59]
26. Griswold's challenge [2:31]
27. The vessel with the pestle [1:09]
28. Mortal combat [4:01]
29. Foul traitors [2:13]
30. The Black Fox to the rescue [2:50]
31. The greatest with a blade [2:49]
32. The Purple Pimpernel, "Life could not better be(reprise)" [2:44]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   play
   theatrical trailer
   set up
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    Court Jester

    It was the best movie I've ever seen. The sword fight left me in stitches. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Laughter is the Best Medicine

    We all need a good laugh now and then and this film delivers plenty. This is Danny Kaye at his best. The film is well made, well cast and well executed in beautiful color. It contains the famous, 'The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true, the flagon with the dragon has the poison!' routine. Kayes genius at alternating between timid soul and fearless master swordsman is hilarious (as is the 'knighting ceremony'). This film is SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES and is highly recommended for a fun time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love Danny Kay movies

    I find him to be a wonderul actor. If you like classic films this one is a real entertainer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you want to laugh out loud this is the DVD for you.

    Great film! One of the best Danny Kaye movies. Perfect for all ages. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Brings back my youth...........

    I am a BIG Danny Kaye fan and have been since the 1950s when I was a child and first was exposed to this wonderful entertainer. As they say, the don't make them like they used to! I wish there was someone like him for the children of today but he ages well, thank goodness!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A silly sidebuster

    This "oldie" is absurdly funny, it keeps you on your toes trying to keep up with all the silly word play and craziness. Even younger kids can get a real laugh out of this one! It's my all time favorite old movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Danny Kaye Is Tongue Trippingly Terrific

    Many fans of this magnificent jester rightly see this as the highlight movie of Danny Kaye's long running career. Beware, he is not the only one with the gift of the twisted tongue. Sylvia Fine, his wife, is the one responsible for the gift of gab introduced by an evil witch, and an honest warrior as well. "Eye of newt, tail of swine...." The words that send the terrified baby watcher swinging on the vines, hypotised into beliving that he is the greatest fencer and lover of that ever lived. Be careful when you snap your fingers, however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The funniest

    The funniest movie ever (next to Gone fishin and Trapped in paradise) a great film.... and must see. Danny Kay is an absolutly brilliant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Loved It!!

    I watched this movie for the first time in 8th grade - my English teacher brought it as a treat for our class and we all screamed our heads off. It's suitable for all ages and incredibly funny! Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just good clean fun.

    Danny Kaye is one of the comedians that can make the average comedy lover laugh until it hurts. Or just love to watch it over and over just because it's got Danny Kaye in it. Any scene with Kaye in it is the best scene.The world lost a great one when Kaye died. Thank you Danny Kaye for your lasting memories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    Court Jester

    The Court Jester is one of my favorite movies and is also loved by my 8 year old daughter. Danny Kaye is marvelous. I never tire of watching this movie. Everything about it is first rate. It's clever, funny, charming, and interesting. Check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    Great movie for a rainy day...

    The Court Jester is a hilarious, action packed, witty, romantic comedy just right for the whole family. I'd give it five stars because every time I watch it, I can't stop laughing till it's over.

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