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The Beggar's Opera (1953)

When the composer of an opera about a swashbuckling, wenching highwayman meets his hero's real-life counterpart, he's disappointed with his lack of dash.

Director:

Peter Brook

Writers:

John Gay (libretto), Denis Cannan | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Captain MacHeath
Hugh Griffith ... The Beggar
George Rose ... 1st Turnkey
Stuart Burge Stuart Burge ... 1st Prisoner
Cyril Conway Cyril Conway ... 2nd Prisoner
Gerald Lawson Gerald Lawson ... 3rd Prisoner
Dorothy Tutin ... Polly Peachum
George Devine George Devine ... Peachum
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Peachum
Edward Pryor Edward Pryor ... Filch
Athene Seyler ... Mrs. Trapes
Stanley Holloway ... Mr. Lockit
Daphne Anderson ... Lucy Lockit
Eric Pohlmann ... Inn Keeper
Yvonne Furneaux ... Jenny Diver
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Authentic rendering of John Gay's eighteenth century musical, filmed in Technicolor, about Captain MacHeath, a highwayman, and his love for too many beautiful women. Betrayed by Jenny and Sukey, two of his bygone lovers, and temporarily freed by two others, MacHeath is arrested and condemned to death. While waiting to be hanged, the Captain is entertained by a musical beggar, who has written an opera of which the highwayman is the hero. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Crime | History | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Bettleroper See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Laurence Olivier and Stanley Holloway were the only actors to do their own singing in the film. See more »

Quotes

Captain MacHeath: Ah-hah! I love a free-hearted wench!
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Connections

Version of The 3 Penny Opera (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Us Take To The Road
(Uncredited)
Sung by the Chorus of Highwaymen
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A thoroughly delightful spoof of movie musicals.
24 November 1998 | by aadSee all my reviews

John Gay's original Beggar's Opera was a spoof of the high-blown operas of his day. The Olivier film is a spoof of--movie musicals! Sir Laurence sings on horseback; people burst into arias at the worst possible time. The plot goes from the absurd to the absurd. However, if the viewer tries to see it "straight," she will be confused and put off. I don't know why this delightful film is not available on laserdisc or even videotape. Someone should dig it out of the vault and re-introduce it to the world.


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