Caz Library features Danny Kaye film
By Willie Kiernan
Family movie "The Court Jester" will be shown in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room at 2 p.m. Friday April 18.
In this swashbuckling comic farce, Danny Kaye plays kind-hearted entertainer Hubert Hawkins who disguises himself as the legendary Giacomo, King of Jesters and Jester of Kings. He gets to display fancy footwork and comic genius in a royal setting, where both swordplay and wordplay are the play of the day.
Set in medieval times, the plot is about restoring the rightful heir, a child, to the throne. As an ex-carnival entertainer, Kaye gets to say, a jester, unemployed, is nobody's fool. He becomes minstrel to the Black Fox, a Robin Hood-type character, and becomes involved in a daring plot to invade the castle and overtake the thrown of the wicked king.
"The Court Jester" is a 1956 comedy film starring Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury. Kaye received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actor - Comedy/Musical for his performance. The movie was co-written, co-directed, and co-produced by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama and released by Paramount Pictures in the VistaVision widescreen format.
The picture bombed when it was released, costing almost double what it brought in. At the time it was the most expensive comedy ever made at a cost of $4 million. Since then, TV has made it a family favorite. The film contains the famous line: The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!
While perfectly suited for children, adults may especially appreciate the deftly executed wit and craft of this film. The running time is 101 minutes.
The library theatre experience includes wide screen, surround sound, comfortable seating and free popcorn. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 655-9322 or visit midyork.org/cazenovia