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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 »
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Modified Rapture! 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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Trivia:
Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "The Mikado or, The Town of Titipu" was their ninth of fourteen collaborations. It opened on March 14, 1885 in London at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 672 performances.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The History Boys (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Our Great MikadoSee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Modified Rapture!, 29 May 1999
Author: Jamie Moffat (jamie_moffat@hotmail.com) from Melbourne, Australia

For many years it was fashionable to sneer at this early marriage of Gilbert & Sullivan, the D'Oyly Carte and the movies. But the distance of time has given us a more benign approach. There is very little - surprisingly so - damage done to the operetta; an aria or two juxtaposed and some odd casting. But most of what remains is charming, fresh and very lively.

Martyn Green steals the film as KoKo, though Sydney Granville gives a time honoured performance as Pooh Bah. My only real gripe is that Darrell Fancourt, that doyen of the D'Oyly Carte, was not called upon to sing the title role. What a document that would have been! As it is, it is the seasoned artists who make the most of the material. And if I don't believe that this is the best of the G & S works, it is certainly a delightful way of spending an hour and a half.

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