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Court Jester
     

Court Jester

4.7 17
Director: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns

Cast: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns

 

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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.

Overview

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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/1999
UPC:
0097360551273
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

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

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 Actor
Leo Britt Actor
Bill Cartledge Actor
Billy Curtis Actor
Frank Delfino Actor
Leslie Denison Actor
Irving Fulton Actor
Russell Gaige Actor
Len Hendry Actor
Robin Hughes Actor
Charles Irwin Actor
Ray Kellogg Actor
Michael Mahoney [uncredited]
Paul Newlan Actor
John O'Malley Actor
Tudor Owen Actor
William Pullen Actor
Robert Smith Actor
Trevor Ward Actor
Lloyd Nelson Actor
Joel Smith Actor
Harry Monty Actor
Phyllis Coughlan Actor
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

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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Court Jester 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best movie I've ever seen. The sword fight left me in stitches. I highly recommend it.
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RobertaSZ More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great film! One of the best Danny Kaye movies. Perfect for all ages. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Grammy-01 More than 1 year ago
I find him to be a wonderul actor. If you like classic films this one is a real entertainer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.