Victor Schertzinger

The Mikado

The Mikado

The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the beloved comic opera The Mikado, the first work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen. Directed by musician and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Victor Schertzinger, it is a lavish cinematic retelling of the British political satire set in exotic Japan, with such enduringly popular numbers as “A Wand’ring Minstrel I” and “Three Little Maids from School,” and featuring American singer Kenny Baker as well as a host of renowned D’Oyly Carte performers, including Martyn Green and Sydney Granville.

Film Info

  • Victor Schertzinger
  • United Kingdom, United States
  • 1939
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #559

Special Features

  • Newly remastered digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 a new essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

New cover by Yuko Shimizu

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Newly remastered digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 a new essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

New cover by Yuko Shimizu

The Mikado
Cast
Kenny Baker
Nanki-Poo
Martyn Green
Ko-Ko
Sydney Granville
Pooh-Bah
John Barclay
The Mikado
Gregory Stroud
Pish-Tush
Jean Colin
Yum-Yum
Constance Willis
Katisha
Elizabeth Paynter
Pitti-Sing
Kathleen Naylor
Peep-Bo
Credits
Director
Victor Schertzinger
Based upon the opera by
W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
By arrangement with
Rupert D’Oyly Carte
Adapted, conducted, and produced by
Geoffrey Toye
Production manager
Phil C. Samuel
Associate producer
Josef Somlo
Decor by
Vertés
Recorded by
The London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded by
the chorus of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company
Technicolor photography
William V. Skall
Cameraman
Bernard Knowles
Art director
Ralph Brinton

From The Current

The Mikado: Celluloid Savoy
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As the only film of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera brought to the screen with the participation of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Victor Schertzinger’s 1939 Technicolor The Mikado is a unique specimen; however one rates it, there is nothing w…

By Geoffrey O’Brien

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