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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was the only member of the principal cast of the 1982 Broadway production (Kline, Smith, Rondstadt, Azito, Rose, Parsons) not to appear in the film. She was replaced with Angela Lansbury
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As the Sergeant does a backbend while Mabel sings to him, the position of his hand on his chest keeps changing between shots (as opposed to the actual movement prescribed by the choreography). See more
[as Major-General Stanley has just entered the scene, all except the Pirate King sing to the tune of "Pirate King"
For he is a Major General!
He is, hurrah for the Major General!
Major General Stanley
And it is, it is a GLORIOUS thing to be a Major General.
IT IS! Hurrah for the Major General, hurrah for the Major General!
The Pirate King
That's the same as the "Pirate King" tune!
Version of The Pirates of Penzance