History Film / TheCourtJester

19th Dec '17 4:49:02 AM axle-k89
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* AllThereInTheManual: Ravenhurst's main ally is not named inside the film, but other materials reveal his name to be Sir Locksley.
* AnachronismStew: Ravenhurst and Locksley observe Hawkins arriving at the castle through telescopes, which were invented in the 17th century, several hundred years after the film is set.
* AmusingInjuries: Hawkins to himself a few times. When he leaves his chambers to go and seduce Gwendolyn after being hypnotized, he bangs his hand against the wall as he turns to the door. Later, as he bows to Roderick when the latter first meets Jean, he bangs himself against the wall before walking away. He also burns his backside against a hot brazier during the knighting ceremony, and finally, when he accepts Griswold's challenge of mortal combat, he attempts to smack Griswold and hurts his hand.



* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Hawkins pretends to be a jester from Italy. When a guard asks him why he doesn't have an accent, he replies that he is fluent in many languages and demonstrates it by talking a lot of nonsensical gibberish that sounds very much like French, Italian, and German. (This skill was then known as "double-talk", and Kaye was a famous master of it.) The guard, who doesn't understand any of this, allows him to pass

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Hawkins pretends to be a jester from Italy. When a guard asks him why he doesn't have an accent, he replies that he is fluent in many languages and demonstrates it by talking a lot of nonsensical gibberish that sounds very much like French, Italian, and German. (This skill was then known as "double-talk", and Kaye was a famous master of it.) The guard, who guard doesn't understand any of this, allows him and Hawkins then states that it means they should get to passthe castle.



* BigNever: The Black Fox's response to Griswold's order to surrender at the end of the climax.



** Ravenhurst, upon being told by Sir Betram that the man they believe is Giacomo is not actually him.



* BondVillainStupidity: Ravenhurst falls victim to this twice in the climax. He says [[KickTheDog he wants to hear Roderick pronounce sentence on Hawkins and Jean before the child is revealed]]. [[spoiler:This gives enough time for Hawkins's dwarf friends to free them both and begin the attack. Then, later, he has Hawkins and Jean cornered at sword-point and unarmed, but takes the time to gloat about their impending demise, which leads to his own downfall when two more dwarves sneak up on him, allowing Jean to send him into the sea.]]



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Ravenhurst, Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee's outfits in the scenes they appear. Ravenhurst tends to dress in black and purple, Brockhurst in yellow, Finsdale in green, and Pertwee in blue.

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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Ravenhurst, Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee's outfits in the scenes they appear. Ravenhurst tends to dress in black and purple, Brockhurst in blue or yellow, Finsdale in green, and Pertwee in blue.blue or red.



* HoldingHands: Hawkins and Jean, and also Gwendolyn and Griswold, in the film's closing shot.



* {{Irony}}: Gwendolyn is adamantly against marrying Griswold and says she would rather die than be married to him, as she wants to marry for love. In the final shot of the film, however, the two can be seen HoldingHands.



* JustInTime: After Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee are poisoned, Roderick is told that Griswold is approaching the castle. Roderick responds by saying he has arrived not a moment too soon.



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Jean. She gives the key to the secret passage to Hawkins after stealing it from Roderick's chambers, then looks questioningly at Hawkins when she sees it on Roderick's robes that evening, unaware that Hawkins had given it to Gwendolyn while hypnotised, then Roderick [[ShakeSomeoneObjectsFall discovered the key and retook it]]. Then there's her shock at discovering Gwendolyn is in love with Hawkins, also unaware that Hawkins was hypnotised into seducing her.
** Hawkins himself, as after seducing Gwendolyn and agreeing to Ravenhurst's plans under hypnosis, Griselda releases him from the spell, only for him to fall asleep and remember nothing, leaving him clueless as to the suggestions of Ravenhurst and Gwendolyn later.



* MauveShirt: Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee, who propose the alliance with Griswold in the first place to take out the group in the forest. Ravenhurst also later reveals the three have wives, [[PetTheDog and arranges to have flowers sent to their widows after they are poisoned by Griselda.]]



** [[spoiler:Before singing "The Maladjusted Jester", Hawkins subtly starts singing the tune of the lullaby he had earlier used to lure the infant king to sleep. ''While holding the basket containing the baby, right in front of Roderick, who wants to know what's inside it!'' The [[OhCrap Oh Crap]] comes when Jean realises this. Heck, she even mouths "Baby" as it happens. Luckily, Hawkins and Jean manage to get the basket out of the great hall before the baby is discovered.]]



** Jean gets one when Roderick tells her he and his men are knighting Hawkins that day, realising they intend to kill him.
** Roderick when Jeans tells him about the fictional scourge that he thinks killed her father.



** Jean also gets one. [[spoiler:Before "The Maladjusted Jester", Hawkins subtly starts singing the tune of the lullaby he had earlier used to lure the infant king to sleep. ''While holding the basket containing the baby, right in front of Roderick, who wants to know what's inside it!'' The [[OhCrap Oh Crap]] comes when Jean realises this. Heck, she even mouths "Baby" as it happens.]]



* SpringtimeForHitler: Roderick's plan to kill Hawkins by knighting him and having Griswold challenge him to mortal combat. The plan goes wrong when Hawkins wins the joust after Griswold's mace gets stuck in Hawkins's shield and is pulled off his horse.



* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Grizelda does this as several times.

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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Grizelda does this as several times.


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* TriumphantReprise: [[spoiler:"Life Could Not Better Be", which comes back as the infant king is put on the throne in the final scene, Hawkins proclaims his love for Jean, and the crowd joins in the song in the film's final moments.]]
17th Dec '17 2:11:56 PM axle-k89
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* BigWhat: Roderick when Gwendolyn exclaims she is in love with Giacomo (Hawkins). Hawkins has an ExplainExplainOhCrap moments later as he realises he's in big trouble despite having no memory of what happened.



* DumbMuscle: Griswold is described as this by Gwendolyn. She calls him " a brute and a lout". Ravenhurst calls him uncouth in the same scene, to which Roderick agrees, but says he is also strong. Strong enough, as we see later, to punch a hole through a shield.



** The Captain of the Guard is confident that he has seen Hawkins before, as he first realises when he sees Hawkins as Giacomo. [[spoiler:When Ravenhurst suspects that Hawkins is The Black Fox, he points out no one would want the alliance with Griswold destroyed more than that "rabble in the forest". This comment leads the Captain of the Guard to one of these, as he realises he saw Hawkins dressed as an old man with the wine cart, and that Jean was with him.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Roderick has Gwendolyn, his daughter, although [[OffingTheOffspring he threatens to have her killed]] if she steps out of line and refuses to marry Griswold.



* NeckSnap: Roderick threatens to have Gwendolyn killed with one of these if she steps out of line: "Daughter or not, princess or not, one move, one false move, and your neck will snap like a twig!" Accentuated by a snap of the fingers to unknowingly bring Hawkins back under Griselda's spell and reveal himself as Roderick leaves.
* NoNameGiven: The Captain of the Guard, first seen in the opening scene ("'The child lives. Death to the tyrant! The Black Fox'!") and is the most suspicious of Hawkins, as he correctly suspects he has seen Hawkins before.
* NumberTwo: Ravenhurst is this to Roderick. Brockhurst knows that Ravenhurst opposes the alliance with Griswold because it could potentially lose him this position.



** Hawkins again when Griswold arrives at the castle and Gwendolyn proclaims her love for him (Hawkins). As Hawkins doesn't remember what happened and is just singing along to whatever's said, he has one in mid-sentence.

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** Hawkins again when Griswold arrives at the castle and Gwendolyn proclaims her love for him (Hawkins). As Hawkins doesn't remember what happened and is just singing along to whatever's said, [[ExplainExplainOhCrap he has one in mid-sentence.mid-sentence]].


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Gwendolyn expresses a desire to do this, wanting to flee the castle so she can escape from under Roderick's thumb. When Hawkins seduces her while hypnotised, she decides to run away with him that night. When she publicly expresses her love for him that evening in front of everybody (including Roderick) the plan is scuppered when Hawkins is imprisoned.
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* HesDeadJim: Somebody quickly confirms the death of Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee who were poisoned by Grizelda.

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* HesDeadJim: Somebody quickly confirms the death of Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee who were poisoned by Grizelda.Griselda.



* OffingTheOffspring: After findign Gwendolyn with the key to the secret passage, Roderick warns her that if she steps out of line and does anything to prevent her arranged marriage to Griswold, he will sentence her to death.

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* OffingTheOffspring: After findign finding Gwendolyn with the key to the secret passage, Roderick warns her that if she steps out of line and does anything to prevent her arranged marriage to Griswold, he will sentence her to death.



* ShadowDiscretionShot: Hawkins is reluctant to knock out the real Giacomo with a login the woodman's hut, so Jean does this honors, and we see it happen [[ShadowDiscretionShot as shadows on the wall]].

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* ShadowDiscretionShot: Hawkins is reluctant to knock out the real Giacomo with a login log in the woodman's hut, so Jean does this honors, and we see it happen [[ShadowDiscretionShot as shadows on the wall]].
4th Dec '17 10:04:46 AM jamespolk
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* CleanCut: Hawkins slashes a set of candles, apparently to no effect, and Ravenhurst laughs at him. Then he ''blows'' on the candles, and they fall apart. This is another ActorAllusion, as well, as Tyrone Power had pulled a similar, if less exaggerated, bit of swordplay on Basil Rathbone's Captain Esteban in 1940's ''Film/TheMarkOfZorro.''

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* CleanCut: Hawkins slashes a set of candles, apparently to no effect, and Ravenhurst laughs at him. Then he ''blows'' on the candles, and they fall apart. This is another ActorAllusion, as well, as Tyrone Power had pulled a similar, if less exaggerated, bit of swordplay on Basil Rathbone's Captain Esteban in 1940's ''Film/TheMarkOfZorro.''Film/{{The Mark of Zorro|1940}}.''
5th Jul '17 2:08:27 PM eroock
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Brockhurst mentions early on that Ravenhurst likely fears losing his position as the king's advisor because of the alliance he (Brockhurst), Finsdale and Pertwee want Roderick to make with Griswold. Ravenhurst yells at him that he will die for that, to which Brockhurst replies, "One of us will!", before engaging in a brief sword fight. Ravenhurst later conspires to have Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee killed off to prevent the alliance from going ahead.
** The "Outfox Thwe Fox" number at the start makes it out that Hawkins is the Black Fox. [[spoiler:He ends up getting mistaken for the Black Fox by Ravenhurst and his associates and they conspire to use him to try and get rid of Griswold.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Brockhurst mentions early on that Ravenhurst likely fears losing his position as the king's advisor because of the alliance he (Brockhurst), Finsdale and Pertwee want Roderick to make with Griswold. Ravenhurst yells at him that he will die for that, to which Brockhurst replies, "One of us will!", before engaging in a brief sword fight. Ravenhurst later conspires to have Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee killed off to prevent the alliance from going ahead.
** The "Outfox Thwe The Fox" number at the start makes it out that Hawkins is the Black Fox. [[spoiler:He ends up getting mistaken for the Black Fox by Ravenhurst and his associates and they conspire to use him to try and get rid of Griswold.]]
5th Jul '17 2:59:34 AM axle-k89
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** The "Outfox Thwe Fox" number at the start makes it out that Hawkins is the Black Fox. [[spoiler:He ends up getting mistaken for the Black Fox by Ravenhurst and his associates and they conspire to use him to try and get rid of Griswold.]]
5th Jul '17 2:54:40 AM axle-k89
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* ChekhovsSkill: Hawkins's entertaining skills from the carnival come in very hand when he has to pose as Giacomo, making his appearance as a jester pretty convincing.

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* ChekhovsSkill: Hawkins's entertaining skills from the carnival come in very hand handy when he has to pose as Giacomo, making his appearance as a jester pretty convincing.
5th Jul '17 2:53:52 AM axle-k89
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* BaitAndSwitch: It looks initially like Hawkins himself is the Black Fox in the "Outfox The Fox" number", but once the number ends, the real Black Fox appears, Hawkins having been dressing in his clothes. [[spoiler:This also likely forehsadows how Hawkins will be mistaken for the Black Fox later by Ravenhurst and his cronies.]]



* ButtMonkey: Fergus. He sneaks into the castle before the film starts, but only gets duties as an hostler, so they have to send someone else o the castle after him. He's ignored by everybody, including Hawkins and Jean a few times, while listening to him could have ended the film in about five minutes, and saved many lives, including his own. He does manage to get through to Jean by telling her his plan to send the key to the secret passage to the Black Fox is better than hers, but he's caught in the act by Ravenhurst and his henchmen and tortured to death (thankfully offscreen).

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* ButtMonkey: Fergus. He sneaks into the castle before the film starts, but only gets duties as an hostler, so they have to send someone else o into the castle after him. He's ignored by everybody, including Hawkins and Jean a few times, while listening to him could have ended the film in about five minutes, and saved many lives, including his own. He does manage to get through to Jean by telling her his plan to send the key to the secret passage to the Black Fox is better than hers, but he's caught in the act by Ravenhurst and his henchmen and tortured to death (thankfully offscreen).



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Ravenhurst, Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee's outfits in the scenes they appear. Ravenhurst tends to dress in black and purple, Brockhurst in yellow, Finsdale in green, and Pertwee in blue.



* DarkIsEvil: Ravenhurst dresses in dark outfits in every scene he appears in.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Black Fox, the leader of the group in the forest looking after the infant king and true heir to the throne.



* EvilChancellor: Ravenhurst isn't quite outright planning to overthrow the kingdom, but he certain makes plans that help his position. Even Roderick knows Ravenhurst isn't fully to be trusted.

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* EvilChancellor: Ravenhurst isn't quite outright planning to overthrow the kingdom, but he certain certainly makes plans that help his position. Even Roderick knows Ravenhurst isn't fully to be trusted.


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* FailedASpotCheck: Because everybody was busy applauding Hawkins after singing "The Maladjusted Jester", no one noticed Griselda slipping pellets of poison into the goblets intended for Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee, not even the attendant holding them.


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* PetTheDog: At the request of Hawkins (under hypnosis at the time), Ravenhurst agrees to order flowers for the widows of Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee after they are killed.
23rd Jun '17 1:34:49 AM jormis29
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This 1956 musical-comedy {{Farce}}, written and directed by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank and starring Creator/DannyKaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Creator/AngelaLansbury, Cecil Parker, Mildred Natwick, and Creator/JohnCarradine, has been a CultClassic on TV for years, mercilessly mocking the conventions of [[TheMiddleAges medieval]] {{Swashbuckler}} films of the 1930s through the '50s. A lot of it is thanks to the talent of Danny Kaye, who is about as unlikely an adventure hero as you could get, and the film makes sure to milk every drop of that.

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This 1956 musical-comedy {{Farce}}, written and directed by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank and starring Creator/DannyKaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Creator/BasilRathbone, Creator/AngelaLansbury, Cecil Parker, Mildred Natwick, and Creator/JohnCarradine, has been a CultClassic on TV for years, mercilessly mocking the conventions of [[TheMiddleAges medieval]] {{Swashbuckler}} films of the 1930s through the '50s. A lot of it is thanks to the talent of Danny Kaye, who is about as unlikely an adventure hero as you could get, and the film makes sure to milk every drop of that.
4th Jun '17 10:55:59 AM MarshalGrover
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* AnswerCut: Jane wonders how they could get somebody inside the castle close to the king with access to his chamber. Cue Giacomo entering the shack.

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* AnswerCut: Jane Jean wonders how they could get somebody inside the castle close to the king with access to his chamber. Cue Giacomo entering the shack.



* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Jean and Hawkins spend the night in the woodman's hut, though nothing intimate happens.
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