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The Court Jester Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 will allow them passage into the castle. Maid Jean (Glynis Johns), one of the rebels, meets a man en route to the Castle who is to be Roderick's new jester. The rebels quickly hatch a plan: detain the jester and send Hawkins in his place; the king can then find the key and initiate the overthrow. Hawkins is able to persuade Roderick and his men that he is indeed a jester, but his espionage work gets complicated when Princess Gwendolyn (Angela Lansbury) falls in love with him, and he runs afoul of Sir Ravenhurst (Basil Rathbone), the evil genius behind Roderick. Court Jester features Kaye's famous "Pellet with the Poison" routine. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 27, 1956

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Danny Kaye Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1956 Nominee

Crew

Melvin Frank
Director
Norman Panama
Director
Norman Panama
Producer
Melvin Frank
Producer
Melvin Frank
Screenwriter
Norman Panama
Screenwriter
Tom McAdoo
Cinematographer
Ray June
Cinematographer
Vic Schoen
Composer (Music Score)
Sammy Cahn
Songwriter
Tom McAdoo
Editor
Roland Anderson
Production Designer
Hal Pereira
Production Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Arthur Krams
Set Designer
Yvonne Wood
Costume Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Irmin Roberts
Special Effects
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
James Starbuck
Choreography
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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