In this swashbuckling comic farce, star Danny Kaye palys kind-hearted entertainer Hawkins who disguises himself as the legendary king of jesters, Giacomo. Hawkins infiltrates the court of the evil villain (Basil Rathbone), but when a sorceress hypnotises him, royal chaos ensues. Giacomo now believes he is also an infamous assasin, and alternates between his identities at the snap of a finger. Between swordplay and wordplay, Danny Kaye displays his fancy footwork...andhis comic genius. With a stella supporting cast, including Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury and Mildred Natwick, Kaye sings and dances among duelling knights and damsels in distress. Through it all, this jester proves he's one of the original kings of comedy.
I honestly did not think this was going to be my kind of movie... But it ended up being much better than I expected. Danny Kaye is fantastic switching between characters and his comedy timing is impeccable (particularly before the fight scene with the 'chalice from the palace with the brew that is true'!) It does poke fun at the whole robin hood idea but that's the point and it pulls it off well!