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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.

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George Rose ...
1st Turnkey
Stuart Burge ...
1st Prisoner
Cyril Conway ...
2nd Prisoner
Gerald Lawson ...
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Polly Peachum
George Devine ...
Peachum
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Mrs. Peachum
Edward Pryor ...
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Mrs. Trapes
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Mr. Lockit
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Lucy Lockit
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Jenny Diver
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Authentic rendering of John Gay's 18th 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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5 October 1953 (UK)  »

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Die Bettleroper  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Sukey Tawdry is mentioned in the famous Kurt Weill song, "Mack the Knife". See more »

Quotes

Captain MacHeath: [Hearing a woman singing] Women!... I love the sex!... and a man who loves money might as well be contented with one guinea... as I with one woman.
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Version of Zebrácká opera (1991) See more »

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At The Tree I Shall Suffer
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Sung by Laurence Olivier
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Mack the Knife
19 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This was a very enjoyable movie especially if you like period pieces and/or musicals. Hearing Laurence Olivier sing is reason enough to watch this. The cinematography is outstanding and the movie as a whole is very colorful.

Obviously, the song "Mack the Knife" made famous by Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra is based on this opera/movie. MacHeath is in the opera/movie as is Jenny Diver and Sukey Tawdrey. Louie Miller, Lotte Lenya and Lucy Brown are mentioned in the song (and not in the opera/movie) but, after all, MacHeath was a notorious highwayman and ladies' man.


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