When the composer of an opera about a swashbuckling, wenching highwayman meets his hero's real life counterpart he's disappointed with his lack of dash.

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Authentic rendering of John Gay's 18th century musical, filmed in Technicolor, about Captain MacHeath, a highwayman, and his love for too many beautiful women. Betrayed by Jenny and Sukey, two of his bygone lovers, and temporarily freed by two others, MacHeath is arrested and condemned to death. While waiting to be hanged, the captain is entertained by a musical beggar, who has written an opera of which the highwayman is the hero. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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5 October 1953 (UK)  »

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L'opéra des gueux  »

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Kenneth Williams in his biography 'Just Williams' claimed he was horrified to find that they had over-dubbed his voice and feared what people would say, and so was relieved when the film was pulled after just one week. See more »

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The Beggar: What's an opera if everyone is dead in it?
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Version of Mack the Knife (1989) See more »

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When Gold Is At Hand
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Sung by Jenny Diver
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An enjoyable musical period piece
28 June 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully odd movie, with Laurence Olivier doing his own singing in a film version of the first English musical ever written. The cinematography is very attractive, with the characters dressed in bright primary colours - the scene near the beginning with Macheath galloping through the countryside, the camera following alongside, turns into an exhilarating blur of flashing red coat, brown horse and greenery. The music and singing continue nonstop throughout the movie - it was originally written as a mock opera, and there is no attempt to update or adapt it for modern tastes. As such, it takes a bit of getting used to, but for those who can get into the 18th-century spirit of things, it is a very enjoyable experience.


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