I've never been a fan of Danny Kaye's broad physical, silly sense of humor. I was put off of his movies because of this and The Inspector General as a kid, and was never inclined to visit him again.
I'm glad I at least gave The Court Jester another shot.
Although there are moments of Kaye's insufferable mugging and silly, almost nonsensical rhyming, the film is a masterpiece of word play. The way the numerous plots come together in such a dizzying, yet totally reasonable way, is hilarious. It keeps so many balls in the air and never drops one. Kaye's energy isn't annoying so much as it drives everything forward.
It's one of the great comedy of errors out there.