Saturday, February 05, 2005

You'll never outfox the Fox!

For those of you not familiar with the movie, The Court Jester, I suggest you find yourself a copy and watch it for a very, very long, good time. Starring such luminaries as Danny Kaye, Angela Landsbury, and Basil Rathbone, the movie tells the story of Hawkins, a mild mannered entertainer who basically falls in with Robin Hood (The Black Fox, subject of a truly humorous song "You'll Never Outfox the Fox"). He then has to go infiltrate the castle to get the rightful heir on the throne, in between musical numbers, an impromtu knighting, and some truly ingenious impersonations.

It is an incredibly hilarious musical comedy. It's wonderfully absurd, and quite cunningly written. If you can find it, see it.

And remember: "The flagon with the dragon has the pellet that is poison and the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true."


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