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The Mikado -- In this colorful version of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operetta, a Japanese ruler's son disguises himself as a wandering minstrel, and falls in love with a young woman.

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Writer:
William S. Gilbert (libretto based upon the opera by)
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Release Date:
1 May 1939 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The son of the Mikado of Japan, a wandering minstrel, falls for a girl who is engaged to her guardian. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Great singing, wonderful production. See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Victor Schertzinger 
 
Writing credits
William S. Gilbert (libretto based upon the opera by) (as W.S. Gilbert)

Produced by
Josef Somlo .... associate producer
Geoffrey Toye .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Bernard Knowles (cameraman)
William V. Skall (photography: Technicolor) (as William Skall)
 
Film Editing by
Philip Charlot 
Gene Milford 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
 
Set Decoration by
Marcel Vertès (decor) (as Vertès)
 
Costume Design by
Marcel Vertès (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Ern Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Phil C. Samuel .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Allan .... assistant director
Thorold Dickinson .... unit director
J.P. Hicks .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie Murray .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Hildyard .... camera operator
Cyril J. Knowles .... camera operator (as Cyril Knowles)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company .... performers (as The Chorus of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company)
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performers (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Arthur Sullivan .... music: based upon the opera by
Geoffrey Toye .... conductor
Geoffrey Toye .... music: adapted by
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Geoffrey Toye .... producer: stage
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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This is the first three-color Technicolor feature to be released by Universal Pictures in the U.S.A.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Criminal Cried as He Dropped Him DownSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Great singing, wonderful production., 22 October 2000
Author: Richard Stracke from Augusta, Georgia

At the conclusion of the wonderful prologue (A Wand'ring Minstrel I), my wife and I broke into applause right there in the den. Can't remember our doing that before. One reason it's so good is that the director found a way to keep it in its stage home without being stagey. The key to this is editing -- lots of fast cuts among faces and angles. Given these, the camera can rejoice in the operetta's stage-centeredness: the chorus can file onstage in glorious pageant and wondrous costume; the singers can face the audience and extend their arms in that wonderful G&S take on the hamminess that underlies the proper Englishman. That's another great thing about this production. It's clearly about how *Englishmen* would look and act if someone transported them to a magical imaginary Japan whose dimensions are constrained only by only the few wisps of knowledge in the *English* mind. The singing is tops, the physical comedy is wonderful, and there's more good feeling in it than in the next 20 Hollywood feel-good movies you'll see.

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