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The Mikado (1939)

Not Rated | | Musical, Comedy | 1 May 1939 (USA)
The son of the Mikado of Japan, a wandering minstrel, falls for a girl who is engaged to her guardian.

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W.S. Gilbert (libretto based upon the opera by), Geoffrey Toye (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kenny Baker ... Nanki-Poo
Martyn Green Martyn Green ... Ko-Ko
Sydney Granville Sydney Granville ... Pooh-Bah
John Barclay ... The Mikado
Gregory Stroud Gregory Stroud ... Pish-Tush
Jean Colin ... Yum-Yum
Constance Willis Constance Willis ... Katisha
Elizabeth Paynter Elizabeth Paynter ... Pitti-Sing
Kathleen Naylor Kathleen Naylor ... Peep-Bo
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Storyline

In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado. He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a strolling minstrel who loves the beautiful Yum-Yum. But Yum-Yum is also loved by Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo, seeing no hope for his love, considers suicide. Ko-Ko offers to solve both their problems by executing Nanki-Poo, and an agreement is reached whereby Ko-Ko will allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, at the end of which Nanki-Poo will be executed, in time for the arrival of the Mikado. But what Ko-Ko doesn't know is that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado and has run away to avoid a betrothal to an old harridan named Katisha. The arrival of the Mikado brings all the threads of the tale together. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mikádó See more »

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Production Co:

G and S Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "The Mikado or, The Town of Titipu" was their ninth of fourteen collaborations. It opened on March 14, 1885 in London at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 672 performances. See more »


Soundtracks

For He's Going to Marry Yum-Yum
(1885) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Elizabeth Paynter
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Flawed but well made, well sung and interesting film of The Mikado
26 July 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Mikado is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's best works, and I was most interested in seeing this version after trying to view as many G&S productions as possible. I personally prefer the Lesley Garrett/Eric Idle 1987 version, but while flawed this Mikado is still interesting. Much has been said about the cuts, and I have to agree. I can understand why there were some, but some either didn't make sense to be cut or are just too good, KoKo's Little List number was especially true to this. I also thought the spoken prologue was rather pointless and characters have a tendency in important scenes in drift in and out of range.

However, visually and technically it is splendid, the Technicolour looks gorgeous and the costumes and sets are wonderfully authentic. The music is among G&S's best, and while you do wish it was complete it is beautifully performed and conducted. The comedy is sparkling and witty also, and the story is still charming enough. The performances are generally great, Kenny Baker is not quite as impressive as Nanki-Poo, vocally the singing is bright and clear and he looks the part but his acting is rather bland. On the other hand, Jean Collins sings Yum-Yum beautifully and Constance Willis is wonderfully arrogant and poignant as Katisha. John Barclay is an imposing Mikado, Gregory Stroud is good in the insubstantial role of Pish-Tush and Sydney Granville is delightfully pompous as Pooh-Bah. But the best performance easily comes from the splendid KoKo of Martyn Green, one of the best ever in this role, that's for sure.

All in all, interesting and generally well-made and sung, but at the same time perhaps not the most ideal of versions. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox


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