GROUCHO MARX IN
THE MIKADO (Gilbert & Sullivan)
For the legendary comic actor Groucho Marx, playing the role of Ko-Ko in
The Mikado “fulfilled a lifelong ambition.”
The Mikado was Groucho’s favorite among the works of his beloved Gilbert and Sullivan, and the 1960 Bell Telephone Hour production was adapted for television and directed by Martyn Green, a man Groucho revered as an authority on interpreting the role of Ko-Ko. The strong supporting cast features distinguished veterans like Helen Traubel, Stanley Holloway, Robert Rounseville, and Dennis King, as well as young artists like the lovely soprano Barbara Meister as Yum-Yum and Groucho’s 13-year-old daughter, Melinda, as Peep-Bo.
SpecialRead more features [46 minutes] include audio interviews with Dick Cavett, Melinda Marx, and Barbara Meister; Martyn Green in excerpts from
H.M.S. Pinafore (Bell Telephone Hour, 1963, in color), cast bios, the commercials from the original telecast, and more!
B&W, 4:3, 52 minutes, All Regions
THE MIKADO; or THE TOWN OF TITIPU
A Comic Opera in Two Acts
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Ko-Ko: Groucho Marx
Katisha: Helen Traubel
Pooh-Bah: Stanley Holloway
Mikado: Dennis King
Nanki-Poo: Robert Rounseville
Yum-Yum: Barbara Meister
Pitti-Sing: Sharon Randall
Peep-Bo: Melinda Marx
Host / Adaptation: Martyn Green
Produced for the Bell Telephone Hour television series
Originally telecast April 29, 1960 Read less
Works on This Recording
Mikadoby Arthur Sullivan Performer:
Sharon Randall (Voice),
Barbara Meister (Voice),
Robert Rounseville (Tenor),
Helen Traubel (Soprano),
Groucho Marx (Voice),
Stanley Holloway (Voice),
Dennis King (Voice),
Melinda Marx (Voice)
Period: Romantic Written: 1885; England
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
disappointingAugust 3, 2012By RICHARD H. (CHAPEL HILL, NC)See All My Reviews"Despite the color cover, this is a B&W kinescope. The sound is decent enough but the picture is fairly low quality/ This is definitely not for a dedicated G&S fan as it's an eviscerated Mikado. And for the little of Groucho hardly worth the price. The so-called extras are lame telephone chats with some of the original cast. Beware. Beware."Report Abuse
Groucho in MikadoJuly 14, 2012By J. Joseph (New York, NY)See All My Reviews"This is not anything like the original version of the Mikado but it has a lot going for it. Groucho is great even without a good singing voice. It is too bad it can be shown only in black and white and it is a much shortened version due to time limitations on TV. I must say, however, the entire cast give its all in this production. A G&S fan who has an open mind would certainly find the Mikado very entertaining.
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