Midday Movies: The Court Jester
Wed, July 3, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:25 pm
David Daniel Kaminsky (later known as Danny Kaye) was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 18, 1911 to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. He attended Public School 149 – the school eventually was renamed to honor him – where he began entertaining his classmates with songs and jokes.
Kaye's first break came in 1933 when he joined the "Three Terpsichoreans," a vaudeville dance act. On a 6-month tour of Asia, Kaye’s experience of trying to entertain audiences who did not speak English inspired him to the pantomime, gestures, songs, and facial expressions that eventually made his reputation.
He would go on to become a huge star of radio, theater, television and films, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), On the Riviera (1951), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Knock on Wood (1954),
Today’s film features Danny Kaye in the delightful 1956 musical-comedy The Court Jester!Share the delight of (re-)discovering a classic film and, if interested, stay after and chat with others about today’s specific film, about film in general, or about life!