The Court Jester
The Court Jester is a 1956 musical-comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker. The movie was co-written, co-directed, and co-produced by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. The film was released by Paramount Pictures in Technicolor and in the VistaVision widescreen format.
Set in medieval England, the plot concerns the struggle to restore to the throne the rightful heir, a baby with a distinguishing birthmark, the purple pimpernel on his posterior. Danny Kaye plays Hubert Hawkins, an ex-carnival entertainer who becomes minstrel to the Black Fox, a Robin Hood-type character who leads a band of rebels in the forest in support of the true infant-king.
|award||National Film Registry|
|director||Melvin Frank Norman Panama|
|keywords||against all odds birthmark capture carnival catapult england in the middle ages force kill knight lightning bolt medieval england minstrel on the road pimpernel robin hood secret passage the king true love witch young girl|
|producer||Melvin Frank Norman Panama|
|theme||musical comedy parody satirical|