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Gilbert and Sullivan (1953)

The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (original title)
The common career of W.S. Gilbert,a barrister turned comic writer, and Arthur Sullivan, a classic composer turned converted against his will to light music, who wrote fourteen operettas between 1871 and 1896, to great public acclaim.

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The common career of W.S. Gilbert,a barrister turned comic writer, and Arthur Sullivan, a classic composer turned converted against his will to light music, who wrote fourteen operettas between 1871 and 1896, to great public acclaim.

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Music! Mirth! Magic! See more »


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15 February 1953 (Sweden)  »

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The film ends with Gilbert's knighthood ceremony, but very carefully does not show which British monarch knighted him, although in an earlier scene, it was made clear that Queen Victoria had knighted Sullivan. Gilbert was knighted by Victoria's son, King Edward VII, almost 25 years after Sullivan received the honor. The delay may have been due to Victoria's famous lack of a sense of humor, she was known to admire Sullivan most for his more serious musical compositions, rather than the G&S light operas, which she considered rather frivolous, while everything Gilbert wrote was humorous. The concealment of King Edward's presence at Gilbert's knighthood ceremony may have been done to avoid confusing the audience over Victoria's apparent withholding of the honor from Gilbert. See more »

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Referenced in Frasier: They're Playing Our Song (2000) See more »

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wish i could get a copy
23 July 2003 | by (Philadelphia PA) – See all my reviews

I have a poor copy that was probably made off the air. Despite the technical shortcomings, the film is a delight to watch. The staging of the various operetta's was done with taste and love. I watch it at least once a year and enjoy it each time. I only wish I could find a reasonable copy. It seems to have vanished.


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