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The Cool Mikado [DVD] [1962]

Frankie Howerd , Tommy Cooper , Michael Winner    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Frankie Howerd, Tommy Cooper, Mike Winters, Bernie Winters, Lionel Blair
  • Directors: Michael Winner
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Strike Force Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DIE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,447 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Hank, son of a renowned American judge, joins the army in order to avoid having to marry Kate Shaw, the partner chosen for him by his father. He is posted to Japan where he finds true love with a local girl, Yum-Yum, who, unfortunately, is due to marry Ko-Ko, a local gangster, ensuring a rocky path to true love. Michael Winner directs this swinging Sixties comedy, based on the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, starring Frankie Howerd and Tommy Cooper.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Michael! this is NOT a winner! 10 April 2010
By Ems Nan
What a disappointment! There are many big name stars in this take on the Mikado, but it looks as if they were having a dinner-part and someone said "Hey, lets do our version of the Mikado" and everyone just ad-libbed. In my view, it's a very amateur effort, and I've seen better performances by our local G&S Society.
Michael Winner, shame on you!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Car crash viewing 4 May 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Shortly before his death, Frankie Howerd said he had no regrets - "except doing The Cool Mikado." Now DVD collectors can find out for themselves exactly what he meant. This hep version of Gilbert and Sullivan updated to modern-day Tokyo (a few tatty sound stages with the odd bit of travelogue unconvincingly edited around them) was originally the brainchild of Harold Baim, a producer of short films, but was soon hijacked by a young British wunderkind by the name of Michael Winner, who revelled in the chance to prove himself every bit as inept with a musical as with every other form of cinematic endeavour. Film historians will be pleased to note that even at this early stage, the trademark visual lethargy and complete misunderstanding of the basic techniques of film editing that have become his auteurist trademark and seen him through an only accidentally broken chain of mediocrity are very much in evidence.

Stubby Kaye, as a Groucho-like Judge Mikado, has both energy and the enviable (in this cast) ability to remember his lines, while second-billed Tommy Cooper manages to stumble through his 5-minute cameo with reputation intact, but then amateurishness was always the cornerstone of his act. The rest of the cast are not so lucky. Howerd's asides as Ko Ko seem borne of real desperation and defeat, Bernie Winters seems to be cast for his astonishing similarity to the young Michael Winner (who has a Hitchcockian cameo in the opening scene), a seriously under-rehearsed Dennis Price ("Are you attached to the foreign office?" "No, but it's a living.") shows many of the symptoms of shell-shock and John Barry keeps a low profile, as befits the arranger of The Mikado Twist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The worst film in the world - ever 23 Jan 2011
No review of this film has ever been good. Biographies and autobiographies of the stars (including Michael Winner and Frankie Howerd) seem to apologise or express sorrow or anger at involvement with the production. According to Michael Winner's autobiography the film was never finished due to lack of money. Pete Murray says he was bitten by the big cat. This un-restored copy of the film shares the disc with two other Michael Winner films; Girls Girls Girls! and It's Magic. I enjoyed these short films very much! The whole package shows a glimpse of the early '60s and is fascinating for that. It's better than the old VHS tape copies that are available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The cool Mikado 12 May 2013
By genie
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Frankie Howerd as dry humoured as usual. Just what you would expect. Anyone can watch and enjoy this great film.
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