Watch: The Court Jester 1955 123movies, Full Movie Online – The throne of rightful King of England, the small baby with the purple pimpernel birthmark, has been usurped by the evil King Roderick I (Cecil Parker). Only the Black Fox (Edward Ashley) can restore the true King to the throne – and all he needs is the King’s key to a secret tunnel. And while he’s trying to steal it, someone has to change the King’s diapers. The task falls to Hubert Hawkins (Danny Kaye), the gentlest member of the Fox’s band. The Fox’s Lieutenant, Maid Jean (Glynis Johns), guards Hawkins and the baby while they travel, but when they meet the King’s new jester on the road, they decide to initiate a daring plan for Hawkins to replace him, become an intimate at the court, and steal the key. So, humble Hawkins becomes Giacomo: the King of jesters and jester to the King. But things begin to get zany when the King’s daughter falls for Giacomo, the King falls for Jean, people randomly sing what are supposed to be recognition codes, and a witch with very effective spells (and poison pellets) begins to interfere..
Plot: A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against a usurper who has overthrown the rightful king of England.
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Discretion is for fools and simpletons.
From the opening credits as Danny Kaye sings dressed as a harlequin jester you get the impression that this film will be a joyous romp, and so it is. Perhaps the most talked about film in Kaye’s CV (even though it lost close to two million dollars on release), The Court Jester is a perfect vehicle for his blend of madcap showboating and serene warbling. Here he gets to play both the coward and the hero in a delightful dual role that is as energetic as it is mirthful – and thankfully the supporting cast (Cecil Parker, Angela Lansbury and Basil Rathbone in particular) are clued into the nature of the film to bring about top entertaining results. Though to be fair, it would be ignorant of me to not point out that Glynis Johns’ Maid Jean is under formed.
A number of hilarious sequences stand out in the film, from Hubert Hawkins transformation back and forth as Giacomo, to a brilliantly funny knighting ceremony, the film ticks all the boxes for fun family entertainment. Whilst do I need to mention “the vessel with the pestle, the flagon with the dragon, and the chalice with the palace” section of film that rightly stands the time for classic status. Great songs, great routines, Kaye on form, with Rathbone as the hissable villain, what more do you need? The Court Jester, a perfect movie for all the family. 8/10
Really entertaining and all around fun musical parody featuring a charismatic performance from David Kaye and also has Basil Rathbone serviceable as the villain. Also nice having Glynis Johns and Angela Lansbury in there, Johns particularly stunning. **3.75/5**
Yea, verily, yea.
Plucky carnival performer Hubert Hawkins (Danny Kaye) poses as an Italian court jester/assassin as part of a desperate plot to depose wicked King Roderick I (Cecil Parker), who has taken the throne by force (the rightful heir being an infant who bears a purple pimpernel on his posterior).
The Court Jester kicks off with a nifty title sequence in which its star Danny Kaye, dressed in a jester costume, sings an amusing song while interacting with the credits as they appear on screen; it’s an ingenious and meticulously choreographed way to start what proves to be an inventive and fun adventure throughout.
Kaye gets to give his comedy muscles a thorough workout with clever wordplay and physical buffoonery aplenty, and he is joined by a magnificent cast that includes Basil Rathbone (whose name deservedly appears during the credits three times), the lovely Glynis Johns (as Hubert’s love interest Jean), Angela Lansbury (looking foxy in medieval princess garb), and horror icon John Carradine.
Admittedly, the complexities of the plot do tend to make matters a little hard to follow at times, but with so many classic moments, the best being the unforgettable ‘vessel with the pestle’ tongue-twister scene, it matters not if you get a little lost in the process. After the final act, during which Kaye swashes buckles with Rathbone while a team of acrobatic midgets storm the castle, there’s a very good chance that you’ll be the one grinning like a fool.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family
Director Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Writer Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
Actors Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera VistaVision camera
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (horizontal) (Three-Strip Technicolor)
Cinematographic Process Technicolor, VistaVision
Printed Film Format 35 mm