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. Frederic 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
Based on THE SMASH BROADWAY MUSICAL!
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Did You Know?
The music used in this film written for the recitative dialogue between Mabel Stanley (Linda Ronstadt
) and the Sergeant of the Police (Tony Azito
), with single note responses from his cadre of policemen, does not appear in the original piano-vocal score of "The Pirates of Penzance" comic opera. Nor is it indicated to be sung in the most common copies of the script save for the policemen's monosyllabic responses, and can only be found in the handwritten manuscript reproduction of the conductor's full orchestral and vocal score. See more
While Mabel sings Take Heart the first time, a bird flies behind Fredrick and hits the backdrop, causing it to fall. See more
Don't swim, Fredric, take the dingy!
Version of The Pirate Movie