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The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on February 29, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

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The Modern Major-General's Song composed by Gilbert and Sullivan

The Modern Major-General's Song
composed by Gilbert and Sullivan

This Song is played in The Pirates of Penzance

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Samsung Galaxy Commercial

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Dates: - May 2015
This Television Commercial refers to The Pirates of Penzance
The woman making the movie says her film is, "kind of Pirates of Penzance meets Weird Science."

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