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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.

Writers:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

G and S Films See more »
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Runtime:

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 »

Connections

Version of The Mikado (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A Wand'ring Minstrel I
(1885) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Kenny Baker and Male Chorus
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I am right and you are right and all is right as right can be
4 March 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

I've seen this 1939 Technicolor version of the Mikado now maybe 10 times over 3 decades and it hasn't palled on me yet, it's a wonderful production of a wonderful operetta. I'm not a huge Gilbert & Sullivan expert, but I consider this to be their best work overall - I'd give the music and lyrics 9.9 out of 10 alone - and I do recognise this was edited to be squeezed into 90 minutes. This means a few great scenes and songs are not here, but as it's still great all the way through anyway I don't mind too much.

Although he did a good job, was good looking and had a fine singing voice Kenny Baker is the only thing about this production that jars a little, his kind of material was best displayed in films like At The Circus. But I'm not a Kenny Baker expert either! Was it simply to help sell it in America, or did he want the role?

At this distance we should be grateful for what we've got - I wish this entire team (cast and crew) had also made some of the other greats such as Pinafore and Penzance for us to admire and then quibble over the chosen edit! To anyone who wants to give G&S a try, try this, revel in Gilbert's gloriously witty and extensive use of the English language, be roused by some of Sullivan's most beautiful and catchy tunes. If you still don't appreciate it then I don't think any of their other work will do it for you either.


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