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Gilbert and Sullivan (1953)

The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (original title)
The common career of W.S. Gilbert,a barrister turned comic writer, and Arthur Sullivan, a classic composer turned converted against his will to light music, who wrote fourteen operettas between 1871 and 1896, to great public acclaim.

Director:

Sidney Gilliat

Writers:

Leslie Bailey, Leslie Baily (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morley ... William S. Gilbert
Maurice Evans ... Arthur Sullivan
Eileen Herlie ... Helen D'Oyly Carte
Martyn Green Martyn Green ... George Grossmith
Peter Finch ... Richard D'Oyly Carte
Dinah Sheridan ... Grace Marston
Isabel Dean ... Mrs. Gilbert
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mr. Marston
Muriel Aked Muriel Aked ... Queen Victoria
Michael Ripper ... Louis
Bernadette O'Farrell Bernadette O'Farrell ... Jessie Bond
Ann Hanslip Ann Hanslip ... Bride
Eric Berry Eric Berry ... Rutland Barrington
Yvonne Marsh Yvonne Marsh ... Second bride
Lloyd Lamble ... Joseph Bennett
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The common career of W.S. Gilbert,a barrister turned comic writer, and Arthur Sullivan, a classic composer turned converted against his will to light music, who wrote fourteen operettas between 1871 and 1896, to great public acclaim.

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A lush and joyous portrayal of the lives and the music of the men who entertained toe world for generations. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Gilbert and Sullivan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film contains extracts from the following Gilbert & Sullivan's classics: - Trial by Jury (1875) - H.M.S. Pinafore (1878) - Pirates of Penzance (1879) - Iolanthe (1882) - The Mikado (1885) - Ruddigore (1887) - The Yeomen of the Guard (1888) - The Gondoliers (1889) See more »

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Referenced in Frasier: They're Playing Our Song (2000) See more »

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A classic that should not be lost!
28 January 2007 | by mebakerSee all my reviews

I have never forgotten having seen this movie when others like The Red Shoes, Tales of Hoffman, the Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers comedies, Olivier performances in Hamlet and Henry V, were being received and cherished. The "Story of Gilbert and Sullivan" cast, script, and production values were as good, if not better than, the above mentioned. I have never understood how it didn't seem to get much attention for reproduction and reshowing in view of the fact that G&S productions are still being done in today's live performance theaters! Is it really too late to salvage and restore it for revival? Since it's action is largely in closeup, it's mono sound needs only to be upgraded to today's sound projection technology ... it will still be brilliant. I'll never forget the scene with Gilbert (the great Morely) riding in his horse cab during his customary opening night anxiety attack with the picture (and sound of the horse's hoof beats) superimposed over Martin Green (peerless Grossman) singing the Nightmare song ...matchless!! Please ... somebody ... rescue this film!!!


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