The exclusive picture story of another great British film is given here by the “Daily Sketch.” The scenes are from “The Mikado” film of the favourite Gilbert and Sullivan opera which had its première at the Leicester Square Theatre last night.
1. "A wandering minstrel I, a thing of shreds and patches," Nanki-Poo is really the Mikado's son, fleeing from marriage with elderly Katisha because he loves the beautiful Yum-Yum.
2. In the guise of a humble musician, he wanders to the city
of Titipu to find Yum-Yum. Her guardian and betrothed, Ko-Ko.
has been condemned to death for flirting.
3. But then he finds that Ko-Ko, fr from being eliminated, is Lord High Executioner — and the betrothal still holds.
4. Ko-Ko (right) recceives intimation from the Mikado that execution has been neglected in Titipu of late and that there will be dire punishments unless someone is beheaded within the month. The haughty Pooh-Bah (left) declines the honour of being the victim.
5. Nanki-Poo agrees to die, provided he can have Yum-Yum to wife for a month. Ko-Ko agrees, but on the wedding day tells Yum-Yum that when a married man is beheaded his wife must be buried alive.
6. Ko-Ko cannot bring himself to behead Nanki-Poo. But he makes an affidavit that the execution has taken place — and Pooh-Bah signs it. The Mikado is seeking his son, but, finding he is officially beheaded, orders the execution of Ko-Ko and
7. Ko-Ko begs Nanki-Poo to return to life, but Nanki-Poo's condition is that Ko-Ko must wed Katisha. Here's the proposal.
8. On hearing that Katisha has accepted
Ko-Ko, the Mikado, with refinement of
Ko-Ko's death sentence,
believing he will suffer more alive.
He then gives Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum
blessing, and all ends happily.