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YMMV / The Court Jester

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  • Ass Pull: How does Hawkins win his duel with Griswold? A bolt of lightning randomly strikes his armor and magnetizes it.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Fergus got tortured to death and numerous others have surely died in the battle. Yet "life couldn't possibly better be"?
    • The Rightful King Returns... and he's an infant too young to even speak. Hopefully they pick a good regent?
  • Jerkass Woobie: Gwendolyn. She's hardly the most likeable person, considering she threatens a few times to kill Griselda for having told her numerous times she would be swept away from the castle by a lover, but she only wants to marry for love and wants nothing to do with the Arranged Marriage Roderick is forcing her into.
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  • Memetic Mutation: The "pellet with the poison" routine instantly took off, with many fans gamely trying to memorize the whole thing.note  Danny Kaye was plagued for the rest of his life with people approaching him and asking to do the routine with him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Roderick may well have crossed it before the film started when he (or his men) murdered the entire royal family to get the English throne. If that doesn't cut it, then he crossed it when he threatened to have Gwendolyn, his own daughter, killed if she did anything to prevent her own Arranged Marriage to Griswold, which she was adamantly against in the first place.
  • One-Scene Wonder: John Carradine as the real Giacomo. With just a couple minutes of screen time, you fully believe that this is the country's most famous entertainer.


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