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Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done (1975)

G  |   |  Animation, Musical  |  July 1976 (USA)
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Able Seaman Dick Deadeye is charged by Queen Victoria to find the stolen Ultimate Secret. His ugliness means that his life has always been lonely but a buxom barmaid takes a shine to him. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Dick Deadeye (voice)
Peter Reeves ...
Sorcerer / Captain of the Pinafore (voice)
George A. Cooper ...
The Pirate King (voice)
Miriam Karlin ...
Little Buttercup / Utopian Maiden (voice)
John Newton ...
Nanki Poo (voice)
Linda Lewis ...
Yum-Yum (voice)
Rose Maybud (voice)
Francis Ghent ...
Monarch of The Sea / Major General (voice)
Barry Cryer ...
Judge (voice)
Beth Porter ...
Yum-Yum (voice)
Long John Baldry ...
Monarch of The Sea / Major General (singing voice) (as John Baldry)
Liza Strike ...
Rose Maybud (singing voice)
Ian Samwell ...
The Pirate King / The Prisoner (singing voice)
Casey Kelly ...
Nanki Poo (singing voice)


Able Seaman Dick Deadeye is charged by Queen Victoria to find the stolen Ultimate Secret. His ugliness means that his life has always been lonely but a buxom barmaid takes a shine to him. Together, they battle pirates and an evil magician before discovering that the Ultimate Secret is nothing but LOVE! Using songs based on the original works of Gilbert and Sullivan (but updated with modern lyrics), this film was created to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the first collaboration of the composers of the Savoy Operas. Written by Rhino <>

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A little gem that makes Gilber & Sullivan come alive
5 February 2004 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

With the vogue for cartoons to be successful (Antz, Toy Story, Nemo etc), it is surprising that Dick Deadeye has largely disappeared without a trace. Based on the drawings of Gerlad Scarfe - which do take some time to get used to if unfamiliar with his style (he also did the opening titles of BBC's 'Yes Minister'), the stroy is simply cobbled together from a selection of Gilber & Sullivan operettas (Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore to name only three). The story is reasonably followable (for a cartoon), but there are many wonderful musical moments with updated (even 'Pop') treatments to well known G&S songs, plus a few new ones. 'The Moon & I' sung by Linda Lewis was even a minor hit in 1976, but this didn;t seem to help the film receive greater viewing audiences.

It did not receive a full UK distribution, but did play in selected 'art house' cinemas, then disappeared without a trace. As far as I am aware it has never released on video or DVD, but it would certainly be worthwhile for those who like pleasant comedy and G&S's music.

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