History Film / TheCourtJester

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** A TotemPoleTrench. It's first done with Hawkins's dwarf friends a few times in the forest at the start of the film. [[spoiler:It's done again at the start of the climax to free Hawkins and Jean and let them know that Hawkins's dwarf friends are about to attack.]]


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* EurekaMoment: After the secret passage collapses, the Black Fox is informed there is barely enough of an opening for a child. [[spoiler:This gives him the idea to use Hawkins's dwarf friends from the carnival to use the passage and attack the castle while he and the others mount a second attack from the outside.]]


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* InfantImmortality: The last remaining rightful heir to the throne survived the massacre that wiped out the rest of the royal family and is being cared for by the Black Fox's group in the forest. Roderick attempts to avert it by ordering said heir to be capture and killed, and the rightful heir even spends a fair bit of time in the castle without detection [[spoiler:and ends up back on the throne at the end.]]


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** [[spoiler:It even forms a ChekhovsGun, as it's used again in the climax with two of them to undo Hawkins and Jean's restraints before the fight starts.]]
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* PrincessesPreferPink: Gwendolyn wears a pink dress in her first scenes.

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* PrincessesPreferPink: Gwendolyn wears a pink dress in a few scenes, such as when Hawkins enters her first scenes.chambers to woo her under Griselda's spell.
13th Feb '17 3:16:33 AM axle-k89
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Gwendolyn has a moment of this when she refers to Griswold as "the grim and grisly gruesome Griswold", saying he's not called that for nothing.
** The whole bit about the Duke, the Duchess and the Doge is full of this.


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* BigFancyHouse: The castle could count as a medieval version, even though it was usurped before the events of the film.


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* FateWorseThanDeath: It's possible that Gwendolyn thinks being married to Griswold would be this, as she says she would rather die than be married to him.


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* IJustWantToBeLoved: Gwendolyn. She doesn't want to be forced into an ArrangedMarriage to Griswold because she wants to marry for love.


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* {{Jerkass}}: Roderick, who had the entire royal family killed so he could usurp the throne for himself, wants to kill the last remaining heir to the throne, and intends to force Gwendolyn into an ArrangedMarriage she wants no part of for reasons that benefit himself, and even threatens her with death if she steps out of line.
** Ravenhurst, who plans to kill Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee so he can avoid losing his position as the king's right-hand man.


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* MissingMom: Gwendolyn's mother is not seen or mentioned.


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** Gwendolyn has one while Hawkins is in her chambers and Roderick is outside the door, as she knows if Roderick finds Hawkins in there, Roderick would kill him.


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* YouExclamation: Gwendolyn when Hawkins first enters her chambers and tosses her a rose.
4th Feb '17 9:44:08 AM Daefaroth
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* AbusiveParents: Roderick gets a moment of this when he tells Gwendolyn that [[Arranged Marriage she will marry Griswold no matter what]], and that if she makes any false move, he will have her killed, regardless of the fact she is his daughter.

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* AbusiveParents: Roderick gets a moment of this when he tells Gwendolyn that [[Arranged Marriage [[ArrangedMarriage she will marry Griswold no matter what]], and that if she makes any false move, he will have her killed, regardless of the fact she is his daughter.
4th Feb '17 3:21:59 AM axle-k89
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* AbusiveParents: Roderick gets a moment of this when he tells Gwendolyn that [[Arranged Marriage she will marry Griswold no matter what]], and that if she makes any false move, he will have her killed, regardless of the fact she is his daughter.



* BigDamnKiss: Hawkins and Jean in the woodman's hut when Hawkins tells her he will not fail in the plan, as the future of England depends on it.
** Hawkins and Gwendolyn in Gwendolyn's chambers, while Hawkins is still under Griselda's spell to woo her.



* 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).



** Griselda hypnotising Hawkins. She first does it to him to get him to woo Gwendolyn and save her own life, then does it to him again at the end to protect him in his sword fight with Ravenhurst.
* 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.



* {{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.



* GetOut: Before the knighting ceremony, Jean's message to Hawkins tells him to do this, as they only want to knight him so they can kill him off. The message reads: "They Knight you only to kill you. Run for your life!"



* HiddenBackupPrince: The rightful heir, who as a baby doubles as a LivingMacGuffin

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* HiddenBackupPrince: The rightful heir, who as a baby doubles as a LivingMacGuffinLivingMacGuffin.


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* ItsAllAboutMe: Roderick is this to some degree, as he intends to force Gwendolyn into an ArrangedMarriage to Griswold that Gwendolyn herself wants no part of, for reasons that benefit Roderick.


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* LastNameBasis: Hawkins is always referred to by his surname, though Jean and the Black Fox refer to him by his first name, Hubert, one time each.


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* TheMole: Fergus is the confederate already in the castle working as an hostler before Hawkins and Jean join him. Unfortunately for him, he ends up getting killed just before the climax. It's revealed he was tortured offscreen and spilled the beans before his death.


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* 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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** Hawkins when he's holding the basket containing the infant king and he realizes this, just as Roderick summons him into the castle's great hall.


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** Hawkins before the joust when he sees Griswold punch through a shield.


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** [[spoiler:Roderick when Hawkins's dwarf friend reveal themselves at the start of the climax.]]
* OnlyOneName: Subverted with Hawkins, Jean reveals his first name is Hubert. Played straight with every other named character.


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* SayMyName: Roderick does this three times in a row when Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee respectively drop dead at the banquet after being poisoned by Griselda.
* ShakeSomeoneObjectsFall: Roderick shakes Gwendolyn when Hawkins is hiding in her chambers, and suddenly the key to the secret passage, which Gwendolyn had taken from Hawkins earlier in the scene, drops to the floor.


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* SpannerInTheWorks: Two befall Hawkins and Jean at the same time, while Hawkins is on his way to the castle impersonating Giacomo, and while Jean is on her way to the abbey in Dover to protect the infant king. A wheel of Hawkins's wagon breaks and Roderick's men make it to him just as he finishes repairing it. Luckily for him, they were there to escort him to the castle. As for Jean, Roderick's men are also rounding up the fairest wenches in the land and she ends up at the castle when they catch up to her, with the infant king still hidden in the wine cart.


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* VillainousCrush: Roderick seems to have one for Jean, which seems to start the first time he sees her. He orders her to be jeweled and gowned and to have her sit next to him at the banquet that evening. After having to endure a bit of this, Jean manages to fend him off by pulling a YouDontWantToCatchThis, but not before exploiting the trope to steal the key to the secret passage.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Roderick, who plans to have the infant who is the rightful heir to the throne captured and killed.
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** [[spoiler:Hawkins during the joust after his helmet is knocked off.]]

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** [[spoiler:Hawkins Hawkins during the joust after his helmet is knocked off.]]
2nd Feb '17 7:07:41 AM axle-k89
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--->'''Hawkins:'''[[ExplainExplainOhCrap Light up the oil, this man must boil, this man named Giaco-MO?!]] Oh! No!

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--->'''Hawkins:'''[[ExplainExplainOhCrap --->'''Hawkins:''' [[ExplainExplainOhCrap Light up the oil, this man must boil, this man named Giaco-MO?!]] Oh! No!
2nd Feb '17 7:07:10 AM axle-k89
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* HollywoodCostuming: Many of the dresses were based on fifties styles more than middle ages. Angela Lansbury looks almost like she should be posing next to an Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 at the 1955 GM Motorama.

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* HollywoodCostuming: Many of the dresses were based on fifties styles more than middle ages. The film even provides the trope image. Angela Lansbury looks almost like she should be posing next to an Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 at the 1955 GM Motorama.



** "Jester to the King. Jester to the King. To the King?!"
** "Light up the oil, this man must boil, this man named Giaco-MO?! Oh! No!"

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** Hawkins at the end of the scene in the woodman's hut. His dialogue goes: "Jester to the King. Jester to the King. To the King?!"
** "Light 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.
--->'''Hawkins:'''[[ExplainExplainOhCrap Light
up the oil, this man must boil, this man named Giaco-MO?! Giaco-MO?!]] Oh! No!"No!
31st Jan '17 2:45:57 AM axle-k89
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