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?
In Act II, there is an extra song ("My Eyes Are Fully Open") that is not originally from "The Pirates of Penzance." It's a modified version of a song from William S. Gilbert
and Arthur Sullivan
's "Ruddigore". The inclusion of this song required Kevin Kline
, Angela Lansbury
, and Rex Smith
to sing one of most dizzyingly rapid songs in the entire Gilbert and Sullivan catalog. See more
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
Do you mean that in order to save his contemptible life, he dared to impress upon our credulous simplicity?
Referenced in Flashpoint: Scorpio