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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Did You Know?
Linda Ronstadt was a fan of HMS Pinafore, but didn't even know of the existence of Pirates of Penzance until the role of Mabel was offered to her. She performed if for $400/week on stage. See more
The lip-synching is often off (or ceases altogether), especially in choral numbers like "When the Foeman Bares His Steel". See more
I can explain in two words: we propose to marry your daughters.
Version of The Pirates of Penzance