BEWARE THE PELLET WITH THE POISON – A FRIDAY FLASHBACK

It’s might be in the chalice from the palace or possibly in the vessel with the pestle. On the other hand, it might be in the flagon with the dragon. One of them has the brew that is true, but if you drink the wrong one? You’ve consumed the pellet with the poison. And your goose is, so to speak, cooked.

The movie is old. It was funny when I was a kid, but I actually think it’s funnier now.

The Court Jester, 1955: Directed by Melvin Frank & Norman Panama. With Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury. 

It contains some of the wittiest movie dialog ever. We own a copy of it and when we need cheering up — which these day is pretty often — we watch it. If that doesn’t do it, it’s time for a bit of Mel Brooks and maybe Best In Show which is a great funny movie for dog lovers.

I defy you to memorize the words of that short segment and keep them in order. I’ve been trying to remember them in order for decades. I always lose track after the first few lines. Maybe you’ll have better luck, but I doubt it!



Categories: film, Humor, Media, Movies, You Tube

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8 replies

  1. One of the nice things about YouTube is I get to watch good films.
    That’s films which are more than 20 years old.

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  2. This is a true comedy classic and you’re right, it gets better with age. Danny Kaye was such a talent.

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    • And apparently, a good guy really. My mother grew up near hm on the Lower East Side in lower Manhattan. She loved seeing him in the Catskills, back when it was the “cheap” place to take the family and ALL the Jewish comedians (and many non-Jewish ones, too) worked there. She said he could always get the room excited, singing and dancing. Because of where she grew up, she actually knew (from childhood) quite a few later famous comedians as well as a few actors. She didn’t remember Hollywood. She remembered the streets of lower Manhattan and it was a very different “take” on those people.

      Later, this same group of people ALL moved to Flatbush in Brooklyn. My family was still living there in the 1980s when they got too old to live there.

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    • Me too! He always showed up on Thanksgiving to present “The Wizard of Oz.” He was, as far as I understand it, also a really good person and he gave a lot of money, especially to the then very young Israel. He flew there himself. He was quite the pilot and could fly really big planes.

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