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HISTORY

Gilbert's libretto was published in 1885. The scenario included in the copyright descriptions was entitled "The Mikado." Among the film versions of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta are: the 1939 British production The Mikado , directed by Victor Schertzinger; the 1963 British production The Cool Mikado , starring Frankie Howerd and directed by Michael Winner; and the 1967 British production The Mikado , featuring the D'Oyly Carte Opera Co. and directed by Stuart Burge. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; ... More Less

Gilbert's libretto was published in 1885. The scenario included in the copyright descriptions was entitled "The Mikado." Among the film versions of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta are: the 1939 British production The Mikado , directed by Victor Schertzinger; the 1963 British production The Cool Mikado , starring Frankie Howerd and directed by Michael Winner; and the 1967 British production The Mikado , featuring the D'Oyly Carte Opera Co. and directed by Stuart Burge. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; F6.3184.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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ETR
14 Dec 18
p. 159.
MPN
30 Nov 18
p. 3265.
MPW
7 Dec 18
p. 1115, 1125
Wid's
8 Jun 18
p. 1477.
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LITERARY
Based on the operetta The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu , libretto by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, music by Sir Arthur Sullivan (London, 14 Mar 1885).
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 November 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
17 November 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13065
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Hanki Pan, the Japanese emperor's son, loves the beautiful Fan Fan and resolves to marry her, even though his father has decreed that he shall wed the Ancient and Honorable Lady Shoo, an ugly hag. Hanki Pan and Fan Fan elope and find employment as entertainers at the Wisteria Gardens. Lady Shoo and Fan Fan's rejected suitor, the Chief Executioner, follow in close pursuit, however, and soon catch the young lovers. The Executioner plans to behead Hanki Pan, but when the emperor discovers the plot, he orders the villain to choose between the sword and marriage to Lady Shoo. Hanki Pan and Fan Fan are reunited, and Lady Shoo happily is ... +


Hanki Pan, the Japanese emperor's son, loves the beautiful Fan Fan and resolves to marry her, even though his father has decreed that he shall wed the Ancient and Honorable Lady Shoo, an ugly hag. Hanki Pan and Fan Fan elope and find employment as entertainers at the Wisteria Gardens. Lady Shoo and Fan Fan's rejected suitor, the Chief Executioner, follow in close pursuit, however, and soon catch the young lovers. The Executioner plans to behead Hanki Pan, but when the emperor discovers the plot, he orders the villain to choose between the sword and marriage to Lady Shoo. Hanki Pan and Fan Fan are reunited, and Lady Shoo happily is wed. +

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