THE MIKADO Groucho Marx, Helen Traubel (1960) (DVD)
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    THE MIKADO Groucho Marx, Helen Traubel (1960) (DVD)

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    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.
    Special 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, 52 minutes, 4:3, All regions

    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