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Its an old movie I saw as a kid. It's a comedy set in a medieval court. The main character is sort of helpless. I remember when he has to fight in a joust and his armor gets magnetized by a lightning bolt. He also gets hypnotized into being a great fencer at the end of the movie. It's shot a lot like a play and has a lot of physical humor.

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Is this really sci-fi / fantasy within the guidelines of the site ? – Stan Mar 1 '14 at 21:27
@Stan It sounds like fantasy. The suit of armour becoming magnetised by a lightning strike would certainly push it into that category... – Valorum Mar 1 '14 at 22:12
@Richard I've seen the movie a number of times. I wouldn't classify it as fantasy as used by this site, certainly not based on that one single item. Was a great film (Kaye was a great comedian) but think this one really should be moved to a more appropriate exchange site. – Stan Mar 1 '14 at 22:47 - It's physical comedy f'sho, but it's still fantastical – Valorum Mar 1 '14 at 22:58
We'll just have to disagree on this one. Fantastical is a bit different than fantasy. Something can be fantastical because it's far-fetched and hard to believe but that doesn't necessarily give it a basis in fantasy. Like I said, just think it should be migrated that's all. – Stan Mar 1 '14 at 23:05
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Sound like The Court Jester to me - 1950's musical-comedy film set in medieval England where a hapless carnival performer (Danny Kaye) masquerades as the legendary king of jesters, Giacomo, as part of a plot against evil rulers (Basil Rathbone & Cecil Parker) who have overthrown the rightful king.

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After the Princess (Angela Lansbury) falls for him, Kaye is hypnotizes by the court sorceress into believing he is also a master assassin and swordsman. Some highlights of this Robin Hood/Scaramouche spoof include a wonderful sword fight with Rathbone in which Kaye constantly switches identities and the legendary "chalice from the palace/vessel with pestle" confusion.

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For the full plot check out the wiki page or just watch the movie again, it's hilarious!

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There's also a mention of the armour here; – Valorum Mar 1 '14 at 22:14

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