The Mikado [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1939]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New Video Interviews with Topsy-Turvy Director Mike Leigh and Mikado Scholar's 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 Essay by Critic Geoffrey O'Brien

Synopsis

The Mikado
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kenny Baker
    Kenny Baker - Nanki-Poo
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    Martyn Green - Ko-Ko
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    John Barclay - The Mikado
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    Jean Colin - Yum-Yum

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