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?
The Broadway production of "The Pirates of Penzance" by William S. Gilbert
and Arthur Sullivan
opened at the Uris Theater in New York on January 8, 1981 and ran for 787 performances. The musical received four Tony Award nominations for acting including George Rose
and Tony Azito
who both recreated their roles in the movie version. 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!
Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.117