The Mikado

Synopsis: In a mythical Japan, Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor, has been appointed Lord High Executioner and must find someone to execute before the arrival of the ruling Mikado. He lights upon Nanki-Poo, a strolling minstrel who loves the beautiful Yum-Yum. But Yum-Yum is also loved by Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo, seeing no hope for his love, considers suicide. Ko-Ko offers to solve both their problems by executing Nanki-Poo, and an agreement is reached whereby Ko-Ko will allow Nanki-Poo to marry Yum-Yum for one month, at the end of which Nanki-Poo will be executed, in time for the arrival of the Mikado. But what Ko-Ko doesn't know is that Nanki-Poo is the son of the Mikado and has run away to avoid a betrothal to an old harridan named Katisha. The arrival of the Mikado brings all the threads of the tale together.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): Victor Schertzinger
Production: Universal
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.6
NOT RATED
Year:
1939
90 min
136 Views


# If you want to know who we are #

# We are gentlemen of Japan #

# On many a vase and jar#

# On many a screen and fan #

# We figure in lively paint #

# Our attitude's queer and quaint #

# You're wrong if you think it ain't #

# Oh #

# If you think we are

worked by strings #

# Like a Japanese marionette #

# You don't understand these things #

# It is simply court etiquette #

# Perhaps you suppose this throng

can't keep it up all day long #

# If that's your idea, you're wrong #

# Oh #

# Oh #

# If that's your idea, you're wrong #

# If you want to know who we are #

# We are gentlemen of Japan #

# On vase and jar

On screens and fans #

# On many, many, many, many

many, many, many, many a jar #

# Oh #

# Oh #

# Oh #

# Oh #

# On vase and jar

On screen and fan ##

My son, you've had the misfortune

to captivate Katisha.

She's misconstrued my customary affability

into expressions of affection.

She claims you in marriage.

And I order you to marry her

within a week, or - or -

I forget the punishment.

Oh.

Perish ignominiously

on the scaffold.

But -

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##

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# The sun, whose rays are all ablaze #

# With ever-living glory #

# Does not deny his majesty #

# He scorns to tell a story #

# He don't exclaim

I blush for shame #

# So kindly be indulgent #

# But fierce and bold, in fiery gold #

# He glories all effulgent #

# I mean to rule the earth #

# As he the sky #

# We really know our worth #

# The sun and I #

# I mean to rule the earth

as he the sky #

# We really know our worth #

# The sun and I ##

# A wand'ring minstrel I #

# A thing of shreds and patches #

# Of ballads, songs and snatches #

# And dreamy lullaby #

# My catalog is long #

# Through every passion ranging #

# And to your humors changing #

# I tune my supple song #

# I tune my supple #

# Song #

# Are you in sentimental mood #

# I'll sigh with you #

# Oh #

# Sorrow #

# On maiden's coldness

do you brood #

# I'll do so too #

# Oh #

# Sorrow #

# Sorrow #

# I'll charm your willing ears #

# With songs of lovers' fears #

# While sympathetic tears #

# My cheeks bedew #

# Oh #

# Sorrow #

# Sorrow #

##

# But if patriotic sentiment is wanted #

# I've patriotic ballads cut and dried #

# For where'er our country's banner

may be planted #

# All other local banners are defied #

# Our warriors

in serried ranks assembled #

# Never quail or they conceal it

if they do #

# And I shouldn't be surprised

if nations trembled #

# Before the mighty troops

the troops of Titipu #

# We shouldn't be surprised if nations

trembled trembled with alarm #

# Before the mighty troops

the troops of Titipu #

##

# And if you call for

a song of the sea #

# We'll heave the capstan round #

# With a yeo heave ho

for the wind is free #

# Her anchor's atrip

and her helm's alee #

# Hurrah for the homeward bound #

# Yeo ho, heave ho #

# Hurrah for the homeward bound #

# To lay aloft in a howling breeze #

# May tickle a landsman's taste #

# But the happiest hour a sailor sees #

# Is when he's down

at an inland town #

# With his Nancy on his knees #

# Yeo ho #

# And his arm around her waist #

# Then man the capstan, off we go #

# As the fiddler swings us round #

# With a yeo heave ho

and a rum below #

# Hurrah for the homeward bound #

# With a yeo heave ho

and a rum below #

- # Yeo ho, heave ho #

- # Yeo ho, heave ho #

# Yeo ho, heave ho,

heave ho, heave ho #

# Yeo ho #

# A wand'ring minstrel I #

# A thing of shreds and patches #

# Of ballads, songs and snatches #

# And dreamy lullaby #

# And dreamy lullaby #

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