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
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The film's failure at the box office had nothing to do with the reviews, which were often quite positive. The real problem lay with Universal's decision to release the film simultaneously to SelectTV and to theaters. Theater owners were so angry that they boycotted the film; in the end, a grand total of 92 theaters agreed to show it, and it enjoyed a long run at only one of them (in Washington, DC, where it became a cult success and played several weeks). See more
The lip-synching is often off (or ceases altogether), especially in choral numbers like "When the Foeman Bares His Steel". 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!