MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 322 this week

The Court Jester (1955)

8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 8,174 users  
Reviews: 99 user | 31 critic

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video + 1 more

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Exclusive Trailer

View the Foxcatcher Exclusive trailer with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 22 Apr 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 31 May 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 31 Jan 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 20 Apr 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Court Jester (1955)

The Court Jester (1955) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Court Jester.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune. On the ship to Skagway, they find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson
Pinocchio (TV Movie 1976)
Family | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Directors: Ron Field, Sid Smith
Stars: Sandy Duncan, Danny Kaye, Clive Revill
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Dwight Hemion
Stars: Danny Kaye, Drew Barrymore, Eric Sevareid
Peter Pan (TV Movie 1976)
Musical | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Another live-action musical version of the play, with all-new songs rather than the ones used in the famous Mary Martin production.

Director: Dwight Hemion
Stars: Mia Farrow, Danny Kaye, Paula Kelly
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Cecil Parker ...
...
Robert Middleton ...
...
Herbert Rudley ...
Noel Drayton ...
...
Giacomo
Edward Ashley ...
Black Fox
...
Sir Brockhurst
Lewis Martin ...
Sir Finsdale
Patrick Aherne ...
Sir Pertwee
Edit

Storyline

The throne of rightful king of England, the small babe with the purple pimpernel birthmark, has been usurped by the evil King Roderick. Only the Black Fox 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 Hawkins, the gentlest member of the Fox's band. The Fox's lieutenant, Maid Jean, guards Hawkins and the babe 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. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

king | jester | fox | key | poison | See more »

Taglines:

The Musical Romantic Adventure Of This Or Any Year! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 January 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Hofnarr  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The song "Life Could Not Better Be" from this movie was later used as the theme song of the Danny Kaye TV variety show. See more »

Goofs

When the witch Griselda puts three poison pellets in the three goblets, to kill the three knights that oppose the marriage of the princess, Griselda actually places two pellets in one goblet. One of the goblets does not get a poison pellet, yet all three knights die. See more »

Quotes

Hubert Hawkins: Why be gloomy, cut off thy nose to spite thy face? Listen to me. A nose is hard to replace.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, Danny Kaye dances around the credits while singing a song about the movie. The lyrics of the song relate to the credits. For instance, when the music credits go by he sings about the music and when the screenwriter credits go by he sings about the story. See more »


Soundtracks

I'll Take You Dreaming
Performed by Danny Kaye
Written by Sammy Cahn and Sylvia Fine
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Never Outfoxed
24 April 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

IMHO, one of the top funny films. I saw it when it first came out, and we enjoyed it so much, we nearly bought tickets to see it again, right away.

There are so many high points in the film that listing them would put me over quota. A close relative who's nearly humorless to this day says, "Get it? Got it. Good," when she wants to underscore a point she's made. Once in a while, I'll mutter "The vessel with the pestle..." when things seem to be getting a tad complicated. The film has impacted me significantly.

The lyrics of some of the sings are really good. "The Malajusted Jester" seems like something out of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta.

This is doubtless Danny Kaye's comedic magnum opus. It isn't a "must see" (what is?) but if you haven't seen it, you're missing a lot.


45 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favourite Lines/Scenes?? Elastigirl_
Movie Bombed PlascenciaCar
how come this is not in the top 250 ? yveslavandier
Most quoted movie? Alex_58
who was the BABY? missevy
A song I'd never heard... Elastigirl_
Discuss The Court Jester (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?