Column: Fidler In Hollywood
The Court Jester
Nevada State Journal – Dec. 10, 1954
HOLLYWOOD – Old England, with tongue in cheek, descended on Paramount this week with the starting of “The Court Jester,” the new Danny Kaye comedy. I seemed to have dropped in on a delightful party alive with settings and atmosphere of a regal sort of period in England’s history. Personalities we have known, only in books were all about the set, and I had a thrilling feeling that I was living in a period long, long before even America was discovered.
The king and all the king’s men were there. As were beautiful court wenches, not to mention Danny, as the court jester; his girl friend, Glynis Johns, and the princess in the person of Angela Lansbury. I examined my modern 1954 style of clothes and knew I was definitely out of step in this exotic spot, yet among friendly folk—ancestors, if our history books are true. Also, there were horsemen, hostlers and Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, the comedy team responsible for “Knock on Wood,” who are directing this one from their original story and screen play.
These folks from the 12th century, or thereabouts, didn’t appear to have a care in
the world. Even the horses were contented. In their new comedy, Panama and Frank
have packed more plot, sub-
In it, Danny is cast as one who would be a fearless warrior, but one who, because
of his size and lack of brawn, is reduced to the role of a baby-
They’re going all out from every standpoint on this one. It’s going to be big as well as funny. Several of Paramount’s largest stages have been commandeered for “The Court Jester,” which, being filmed in VistaVision and color, will emerge as a treat to the eye as well as the funnybone. Not often do I get around to writing solely about a production, but any picture in which Danny Kaye is starring, as I see it, is a bit of regaining news.