This movie is an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta of the same name, with parts of other of their operettas stirred in. Frederick has fallen in love with sweet innocent Mabel. Yet his vocation is an impediment to their union. Perhaps the situation can be rectified by his old nurse, Ruth, who made a dreadful blunder years before. A highlight is the song/dance A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One. Written by
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Did You Know?
In Act II, there is an extra song ("My Eyes Are Fully Open") that is not originally from "The Pirates of Penzance." It's a modified version of a song from William S. Gilbert
and Arthur Sullivan
's "Ruddigore". The inclusion of this song required Kevin Kline
, Angela Lansbury
, and Rex Smith
to sing one of most dizzyingly rapid songs in the entire Gilbert and Sullivan catalog. See more
The lip-synching is often off (or ceases altogether), especially in choral numbers like "When the Foeman Bares His Steel". See more
Don't swim, Fredric, take the dingy!
Version of The Pirates of Penzance