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The Court Jester

Released 1956
Distributor Paramount

For many people today comic Danny Kaye is an acquired taste, but love him or hate him, this elaborate costume spoof is his funniest movie. One of the cleverest comedy scripts of the period excels in witty dialog and hilarious situations, very little of which seems to have made it into this conventionally bland trailer.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.