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H.M.S. Pinafore

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{$Gilbert & Sullivan}'s {#H.M.S. Pinafore} opens with the crew of the Pinafore busily and boisterously sprucing up the deck for the arrival of {%Sir Joseph Porter}, a high-ranking admiral. They pause only to buy wares from the peddler called {%Little Buttercup} and then return happily to work. But not all are so happy. {%Ralph Rackstraw}, "the smartest lad in all the fleet," is in love with the {%Captain}'s daughter, {%Josephine}, who has been promised to {%Porter}. In spite of this -- and the fact that {%Josephine} and he are far apart in terms of class -- {%Ralph} pursues her, and she eventually confesses her own love for him. The two young lovers plan to elope, but the {%Captain} learns of her plans and puts a halt to them. {%Porter}, furious at {%Ralph}'s impertinence, has him imprisoned. At that moment, {%Buttercup} reveals a tremendous secret: Many years in the past, she had been given charge of two babies, one of good family and one of lower status. These turn out to be {%Ralph} and the {%Captain} -- but {%Buttercup} further reveals that she had accidentally switched them. Thus, {%Ralph} is of noble birth and the {%Captain} comes from poverty -- and therefore, {%Josephine} is also of the lower class and no longer a fit mate for {%Porter}. However, the newly-ennobled {%Ralph} has no such reservations, and gladly takes {%Josephine} to be his wife. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

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Starring: Peter Marshall as Captain Corcoran
Frankie Howerd as Sir Joseph Porter
Meryl Drower as Josephine
Michael Bulman as Ralph Rackstraw
Alan Watt as Dick Deadeye
London Symphony Orchestra as
The Ambrosian Opera Chorus as

Directed By: Producer: Judith DePaul
From Musical by: William S. Gilbert
From Musical by: Arthur Sullivan
Executive Producer: George Walker
Conductor: Alexander Faris

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Studio: Parsons & Whittemore Lyddon Limited

Release Date: 07 Apr 1982

Run Time: 96

Boxed-Product Weight: -

Quick Code: QCMV17816691

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