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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Angela Lansbury, Basil Rathbone, Be A Clown, Bozo the Clown, clown history, , Danny Kaye, , , , , National Clown Day, , ,   


    Tomorrow is NATIONAL CLOWN DAY and also marks the start of INTERNATIONAL CLOWN WEEK (August 1-7).  Clowns have a long and interesting history, as chronicled in this scholarly(?) introduction to the subject:

    No doubt you noticed in the above video (unless you were clowning around while it was playing) that the first clowns were court jesters.  In the Middle Ages — as can be seen in this scene from the middle of a bygone century — THE COURT JESTER* typically played the fool and looked uncannily like Danny Kaye:

    Who knew film — technicolor, no less — existed way back then to record such scenes? But nowadays, clowns have a farcical role model who is an amalgamation of Court Jester, Bozo the Clown, and Tyrant-osaurus Rex:


    The moral of the amoral story is that, if you asspire to the highest office in the land, you could hardly do worse than pattern yourself a-Round-Old Mc-Donald Trump. All Hail to the Cheat  er, Chief!

    ….so BE A CLOWN!

    *THE COURT JESTER is a 1956 feature film starring Danny Kaye as a fatuous faux court jester (co-starring Angela Lansbury, Basil Rathbone, and Glynis Johns, among others).


    • blindzanygirl 2:02 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This cheered up my morning. I love being a clown. You should see me lol

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    • obbverse 2:05 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The orange one gives the poorest clown a bad name. Yes, he might be laughable but worryingly so.

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      • mistermuse 8:00 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Worrying” is putting it mildly. He is capable of trying almost ANYTHING to avoid defeat in the election.

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    • calmkate 4:04 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I’ve never been a huge fan of DK but I do like him in the knight number … what length will tRump go to to save himself … we watch with bated breath!

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you regarding DK (a little of him goes a long way), but The Court Jester is the one film in which he makes me laugh throughout. It’s his best role by far, in my opinion.

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        • calmkate 3:58 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink

          I certainly enjoyed your clip 🙂 No idea how they did that tongue twister so rapidly 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 7:30 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always disliked clowns and find them creepy beyond measure. But that picture of a Trump clown? The stuff of nightmares.

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    • masercot 9:18 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Emmett Kelly…

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    • Don Ostertag 12:29 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Kaye bit is a masterpiece as is the great Emmett Kelly.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:10 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the fun facts about clowns. The Danny Kaye video clip was hilarious 🙂

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      • mistermuse 4:10 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve seen that film several times over the years and I still laugh at the Danny Kaye clip….and don’t forget: THE PELLET WITH THE POISON’S IN THE VESSEL WITH THE PESTLE! 😉

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    • Catherine Haustein 4:58 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Or as Radioheadsays, Hail to the Thief”. I think they meant W. Remember that clown?

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      • mistermuse 6:01 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Looking back, I would rank W. as an amateur compared to Trump. And, though he may have been something of a clown, I give him credit for attending the funeral of civil rights leader John Lewis yesterday — something Trump couldn’t be bothered with.

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    • annieasksyou 12:44 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, that Danny Kaye line ranks high up on the all-time list of greats—just a tad below “To be or not to be…” and well above “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of…”

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      • mistermuse 6:02 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        For me, the greatest all-time line in terms of making me laugh is Trump’s “I’m a very stable genius.”

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    • arekhill1 9:01 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fantasizing about headlines I could write if Trump loses big, Sr. Muse, and “Ass-Clown Goes Down” was one of them.

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      • mistermuse 12:21 pm on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        …..”and on Jan.20 gets dragged kicking and screaming out of D.C. town.”


    • Kally 11:46 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love that Danny Kaye video clip! Hahaha.

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    • annieasksyou 12:22 pm on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How about “Biden Tromps Trump in Landslide Romp”?

      Liked by 1 person

    • Dolly Vas 2:51 am on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love to being a clown. In india there was a film joker of shami Kapoor that was super dooper hit blockbuster. Nice blog and nice post.

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    • waywardsparkles 3:56 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      MM, Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I love Danny Kaye but have never seen The Court Jester. After seeing your “pestle vessel clip” above, I knew we had to watch this. My son who has autism loves slapstick and this movie did not disappoint. Some things are just classic! We all enjoyed this movie! Get it? Got it. Good! Mona

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      • mistermuse 4:58 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome, Mona. I’m particularly pleased that you (and especially your son) enjoyed THE COURT JESTER.

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    • Silver Screenings 10:06 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the video re: clown history. I had no idea clowns appeared so early in history.

      Also: That Danny Kaye bit with the pestle/poison gets me every time. How on earth did they make it through that scene?

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      • mistermuse 8:33 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Practice, practice, practice! Kaye was a master of that type of comedy, but the other actors were equally impressive. Great fun!

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  • mistermuse 11:33 am on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Basil Rathbone, Elysian fields, , Horace Greeley, Knute Rockne, , Newt Gingrich, , , Sam Goldwyn, , , , , West Virginia, Yes Virginia,   

    SAYS WHO? 

    I really didn’t say everything I said.  — Yogi Berra

    Maybe he didn’t….but Yogi did say that he didn’t say everything he said — and it should go without saying that some say he is not the only one who didn’t say everything he said. Sad to say, no way can one say who said what was said in all cases, and always saying who said what one said is way easier said than done. Or so they say.

    That said, the following is a selection of famous quotes not said (or at least not said originally) by those to whom they are attributed, along with some quotes which are correctly attributed (or so they say). Some mis-atributed quotes happened inadvertently, others deliberately; some have persisted despite attempts to set the record straight.  Can you separate the suspect ones from the correct ones?

    1. Go west, young man, go west.  –Horace Greeley
    2. Go West, Virginia, yes, Virginia: there is a  —Santa Claus
    3. Win one for the Gipper.  –Knute Rockne
    4. Win one for the Gingger.  –Newt Gingrich
    5. A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.  –W. C. Fields
    6. Forget your troubles, come on, get happy.  –Elysian Fields
    7. Our comedies are not to be laughed at.  –Samuel Goldwyn
    8. Our cold meds are not to be sneezed at.  –Dr. Don
    9. Elementary, my dear Watson.  –Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
    10. Excelente, my dear Sr. Muse.  –Ricardo Cahill (after bribe payment) 

    Of the above, the following are attributed incorrectly (supposedly):

    1. Greeley did write this in an 1865 editorial, but denied originating it, crediting it to John Soule’s authorship in a Terre Haute (Indiana) newspaper in 1851. Nonetheless, the Greeley attribution persists.
    3. Actually, this was said by Ronald Reagan in the 1940 film “Knute Rockne – All American.”
    6. Forget Ely Fields – this is the opening lyric of “Get Happy” by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGk3tY4yP7k
    7. Like many “Goldwynisms,” origin is suspect. Reported to be an old Hollywood quip pre-dating its attribution to Goldwyn.
    9. Never said by Holmes in Doyle’s novels and short stories. Made famous by actor Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in movies.

    How many did you get right?
    You got all of them?
    Says who?

    • Don Frankel 6:41 pm on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Just one more Muse. It is said that General Sherman did not say. “War is all hell.” However upon hearing that he had said it, he made sure he kept saying it, until he said it.

      My favorite Yogism is. “Some guys don’t like to swing on an 3 – 0 count because they swing.” I know he said it because I heard him say it.


    • mistermuse 8:48 pm on January 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, if Yogi said even half of what he said, it would still be twice as funny as all of the other half….speaking of which, since my Yogi and Goldwyn quotes post was un-posted on SWI, maybe I’ll do another one here sometime if I can come up with a fresh angle or approach. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”


      • Don Frankel 5:55 am on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Why not post this one on SWI so a few other people like Minnette, Michael, Richard, Kaye and even itsTV or is it VD? guy can get a laugh?


    • mistermuse 10:19 am on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I love ya like my brother (I was tempted to say like my MOTHER, who would keep after me to do something because it was for my own good), but as far as posting again on SWI, you can forgeddaboutit – I can forgive, but I can’t forget Bob Grant’s destruction of 200 of my posts, while not deleting even one of Minnette’s 800+. I know SWI is his site & he can do as he pleases, but if my hard work didn’t warrant more respect (& a more even-handed take) than that, nothing short of an abject apology will change my mind.

      As for the people you mention, Richard reads & comments frequently on my posts here; I don’t think Minnette ever was as much of an “appreciater” of my posts as I am of hers; and I’d love to have Michael and Kaye connect with me here, but they know where to find me if they wish (it’s not as if I haven’t pointed out how easy it is on SWI a number of times).

      Finally, it would be remiss of me not to thank you and Ricardo (or Richard, for you gringos out there) for continuing to follow my “humble” offerings here. Your continued patronage is warmly appreciated.


      • Don Frankel 12:16 pm on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Forgive me for being a nudge. My social psychological profile is like an Alpha in a Grey Wolf pack. So my instinct is to keep the Pack together. You are an integral part of SWI. The way I see it Bob may own and run the site but like everything else in life, SWI belongs to its ownself. It is what we make of it.

        I think you give Bob too much credit or say or sway or importance. One time some woman, I forget who but she didn’t write there much, but she said in a comment that I was trying to make her behave. After I stopped laughing and stopped myself from writing back. Do you want me to make you behave? I just chalked it up to everybody has a right to say whatever or “everybody has to love somebody sometime.”

        Sorry about that last one but Dean Martin was singing on my cable TV. I’d close by saying I won’t nag you anymore but I can’t promise that..


    • mistermuse 1:19 pm on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      No problem, Don – I don’t have a brother to love you like I said anyway (though I do have a sister, if you don’t mind the gender adjustment). And you can rely on me, if you do “nag” me again, not to say what that woman said in her comment to you; my reply will simply be a youtube clip of Cole Porter’s “Why Can’t You Behave?” from KISS ME KAYE – I mean KATE.


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