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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This cinema movie's director, Wilford Leach
, once said of this theatrical feature film: "This might be a silent film comedy that suddenly bursts into song. Buster Keaton
, Harold Lloyd
, Jacques Tati
, and Lillian Gish
would all be at home here. This is a world without cynicism. There's no one in it we would not like to have to dinner." See more
While Mabel sings Take Heart the first time, a bird flies behind Fredrick and hits the backdrop, causing it to fall. See more
Oh Frederic, can you not in the calm excellence of your wisdom reconcile it with your conscience to say something that will ease my father's sorrow?
Can't you cheer him up?
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