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zmudk| The Court Jester
ID:
1956
Comments:
Director: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Screenplay: Norman Panama
Producer: Norman Panama
Cast: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 101
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Anamorphic Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
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Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Mar 1999 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$9.98]
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Reviews:  Danny Kaye spoofs "Robin Hood" and "Scaramouche" in this inventive slapstick swashbuckler. Portraying the clownish but good-hearted entertainer Hawkins, he infiltrates the court of the corrupt Basil Rathbone (up to his usual brand of cruel villainy) disguised as the legendary king of jesters, Giacomo. After a court sorceress hypnotizes Hawkins into believing he is also a legendary assassin, Hawkins has more identities than he can keep straight, and Kaye zips back and forth between them at, literally, a snap of the fingers. Comic highlights include a wonderful sword fight with Rathbone in which he constantly switches identities, and the classic "chalice from the palace/vessel with pestle" wordplay as Hawkins plays "hide the poison" and forgets where it is. With comely Glynis Johns as his spy-in-arms love interest, Angela Lansbury as the scheming princess, and Mildred Natwick as the dotty spellcaster, this is Danny Kaye at his comic best. "--Sean Axmaker"


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