The Court Jester

This has to be one of my favorite movies. Anyone else here like it?
I just saw it for the first time in a while a few nights ago, and I’m not sure I liked it quite as much this time. It’s still great, but has a few flaws.

Anyway, it would be kind of interesting if they remade it. The people involved would have to be brilliant to pull it off, but there have been some worthwhile remakes.
How would they cast something like that?

Giacomo would be hard to cast I think. You need someone who has a nice guy quality, can sing, and do comedy.
Don’t laugh, but I can picture Ringo Starr as Griswold. If not him, then Sean Connery.

I think it would be really hard to remake this movie.

Angela Lansbury was kind of a babe back then.

As a child, I was wildly in love with Danny Kaye and loved this movie. As an adult, I cherish the memories but this isn’t what I’d call a good movie and I’ve passed up the opportunity to buy it several times. I don’t see it as worthy of a re-make—special effects wouldn’t help the lame story.

I love this movie! My 4-yo likes it too, so we get it out every once in awhile. I used to have a little crush on Danny Kaye too.

I don’t think a remake would be a good idea. Danny Kaye pretty much was the movie; without him it’s Angela Lansbury and Glynis Johns looking cute, and a lot of little people. Oh yeah, and an evil guy. Who’s going to stand in Danny Kaye’s shoes?

It’s certainly Danny Kaye’s best film, and a first class comedy.

“The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.”

They couldn’t remake it today. No place for fart jokes (the absolute requirement for any comedy nowadays) :rolleyes:

Yea, verrily, yea. :smiley:

Also, I have the same birthday as Danny Kaye. How cool am I?

I love this movie. I bought it from Amazon a few months ago and I’ve been happy with the buy. I even let my grandmother borrow it once. This is one of the rare movies where my grandmother likes it, my mother likes it, as do I. It has bridged the generational gap.

I have “The Inspector General,” but it’s not nearly as good.

I don’t think it’ll be possible to remake this movie. As the above poster said, Danny Kaye is this movie. There is not an actor alive today that could imitate him.

I’ll watch any of Danny Kaye’s comedies. I like this one.

It’s an excellent kids’ movie.

DK was unbelievably hot and talented. I really like this movie too. I’d hate to see it remade. What’s the deal with all this remaking anyway?

This is one of my all time 10-ten movies.

Danny Kaye is magnificent. Perfect casting in every role, and everyone plays it to the hilt.

“I’m Fergus, the Ostler.” “Who-who-gus the what-sler?”

“…What better place to court Italians!”

My kid and I love that movie.

If they remade it they’d either cast Jim Carrey or Mike Myers and it would become some stupid gross-out comedy. I’d rather have the real movie to enjoy without having a horrid remake to avoid.

You can’t remake Danny Kaye.

Whether he was loo-loo-looing or willow-willow-wailing, Danny Kaye is one of funniest actors America has ever produced, and this is Danny at his best. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, if I run across it while surfing the dial, I always get stuck watching until the end. Like Warner Bros. cartoons, it always puts a smile on my face and reminds me of a time when movie comedy didn’t involve bodily functions.

Please don’t remake this classic.

I don’t really think it should be remade either… but what if they were going to?
I just think it would be interesting to see who could be in it.

This is one of my favorite movies. Danny Kaye is the greatest! Even if was still around and young, this movie could not be made today. It’s not the kind of thing that hollywood does anymore. I wonder if it could be done in Bollywood? Imagine an actor with an Apu accent “The vessel with the pestel…”

I haven’t seen much Danny Kaye, but I liked Hans Christian Anderson and White Christmas.
Was he really as nice a person as he seemed? I always think he’s up there with Mr. Rogers.

I don’t see what’s so great about Angela Lansbury in that movie… ugh. I think she was better looking when she got older. I think I’d like the movie better without her in it or

There are a few things that bug me about the movie, like the finger snapping. I think a trigger word would be more plausible.
Still though, it’s hard to imagine The Princess Bride existing if it hadn’t been for this movie.
I think the humor is a lot more sophisticated than someone might expect. The songs are fantastic too.

I don’t think it’s a question of who would star, but who would direct.

Jim Carrey actually has the acting chops to pull off this movie and make it his own, just as DK did. So, for that matter, does Mike Meyers (though to a much lesser degree.) The problem is that either one would need a director who could reign him in and push him to give a worthy performance. This is hard to do in a comedy to begin with, and nearly every Hollywood director out there would be pushing for more zaniness and more fart jokes.

(All of this, of course, does nothing to ask the question of why you would eant to remake this, when the original is so great and nothing Hollywood could do today would ever be an improvement on it.)

I love this movie, and do not think it should be re-made. However, if anyone could do it, it would be Nathan Lane. Lane could carry the type of fast-talking dialogue that characterizes a Danny Kaye movie, and the singing, but still be able to make the role his own. With him, the movie could be up-dated some, but still retain teh feel/flavor of the original. Carrey or Meyers would have to re-do the whole character, and though I agree that with the right director to help them, either could make a decent stab at it, but the movie would either be (at best) a pale imitation, or (at worst) a screwed-up version with no relation to the original.

I love this movie, and just watched it again a couple of nights ago. Remaking it would be a travesty.

But he’s not hot!