Der Hofnarr (1955)27303
Der Hofnarr: Directed by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama. With Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury. A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful King.
“Not much goes wrong with this movie, a delightful spoof of action-costumer movies. Danny Kaye is an absolute delight as the young rebel impersonating a jester in the court of an evil king (although in this film, his evil is blunted) but mistaken for a hit man. There have been few performers who could light up an entire scene by their mere presence, and Kaye is one of them. Who in this day could do what he did? He could sing, he could dance, and he could make you laugh so hard you could only take liquids the next day. And in this movie he gets a chance to do all three, plus do some swashbuckling! Also along for the ride are the elegant Glynis Johns, who plays his superior in the slight rebel force trying to return the throne to its rightful owner, and Basil Rathbone, who could play the clever, suave cad as good as anyone in movies. Film buffs may remember Rathboneu0026#39;s turn as the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1939u0026#39;s u0026quot;The Adventures of Robin Hood,u0026quot; which starred the eminent Errol Flynn. In that movie, Rathbone has a memorable sword-fighting scene with Flynn; here, that scene is copied, with Kaye a hilarious stand-in for Errol. This movie is a true delight, a must-see for all ages.”