The Mikado

The Mikado

Director: Victor Schertzinger Cast: Kenny Baker, Martyn Green, Sydney Granville

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Though it boasts an American director and star, this Technicolor cinemadaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta The Mikado is a faithful record of what it must have been like to attend a performance of Britain's D'Oyly Carte opera company. Rradio tenor Kenny Baker stars as Nanki-Poo, the wand'ring minstrel who wanders into a curious set of situations in the Japanese village of Titi-Pu. D'Oyly Carte perennial Martyn Green plays the leading role of Ko-Ko, the timorous Lord High Executioner who must perform one execution per day or he'll lose his job-and his own head. Ko-Ko finds a likely candidate for decapitation in the form of Nanki-Poo, who feels mighty suicidal when it seems as though his sweetheart Yum-Yum (Jean Cola) is out of his reach. Unbeknownst to Ko-Ko, Nanki-Poo is the son of none other than The Mikado, played with a combination of pomp, circumstance and Noel Cowardlike waspishness by Sydney Granville. Most of the satirical Gilbert & Sullivan songs have been retained, including "The Lord High Executioner," "Three Little Maids from School are We," "Tit Willow," "Here's a How-de-Do," and "The Object Most Sublime." Musical accompaniment is provided by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2011
UPC: 0715515069113
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 29,256

Special Features

New Video Interviews with Topsy-Turvy Director Mike Leigh and Mikado Scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr.; ; Short Silent Film Promoting the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's 1926 Stage Performance of The Mikado; ; Deleted Scene with Ko-Ko's "I've Got a Little List" Song; ; Excerpts from 1939 Radio Broadcasts of the Stage Productions The Swing Mikado and The Hot Mikado; ; Plus: A Booklet featuring an Essay by Critic Geoffrey O'Brien

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2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the cast is great, and the look of the movie is lush...there are one or two songs cut from the film, including one of the most famous, I'VE GOT A LITTLE LIST...otherwise, here is a good version of the G and S classic
jkr More than 1 year ago
UGH! I don't know why the reviewer thinks this in any way recaps the D'Oyly Carte experience. The 1939 film is a horrendous mangling of "The Mikado," which this household's Savoyards found simply unbearable to watch. It's not just that great songs are cut; it's the butchery of the plot, complete with re-assigning character-development material to other characters (when the music for "The sun whose rays" began in Act I, a family member and I looked at each other in disbelief; when Nanki-Poo was revealed as the singer, we both exclaimed "WHAT?!" and I left the room). We don't expect perfection. We would settle for a relatively faithful adaptation. This isn't it.