The Mikado [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1939]

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Overview

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

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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