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court jester the 1Sb Rating 3 out of 5


  • Melvin Frank
  • Norman Panama


  • Danny Kaye
  • Basil Rathbone
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Glynis Johns


Danny Kaye is a medieval court jester who joins a plot to oust a tyrannical usurper and restore the rightful heir to the British Empire. A film for which the term madcap might have been coined, this swashbuckling musical comedy rolls merrily along, with a young Angela Lansbury playing the scheming Princess Gwendolyn. The film features an ingenious duel between Kaye and villainous stalwart Basil Rathbone as well as the famous tongue-twister monologue "Pellet-with-the-poison-in-the-vessel-with-the-pestle-not-in-the-chalice-from-the-palaceā€¦"

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