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 music used in the film written for the recitative dialogue between Mabel Stanley, played Linda Ronstadt
, and the Sergeant of the Police, played by Tony Azito
, with single note responses from his cadre of policemen, does not appear in the piano-vocal score of "The Pirates of Penzance," nor is it indicated to be sung in the most common copies of the script (save for the policemen's monosyllabic responses); and can only be found in the handwritten manuscript reproduction of the conductor's full orchestral and vocal score. 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
You make it a point of never attacking a weaker party than yourselves, and when you attack a stronger one you invariably get thrashed!
[Pirates approach him with great indignation
[Holding up finger
There's some truth in that.
Version of The Pirates of Penzance