The boys from syracuse is a 1940 american musical film directed by a edward sutherland based on a stage musical by richard rodgers and lorenz hart which in turn was based on the play the comedy of errors by william shakespeareit was nominated for two academy awards one for best visual effects john p fulton bernard b brown joe lapis and one for best art direction jack otterson. The boys from syracuse is a musical with music by richard rodgers and lyrics by lorenz hart based on william shakespeares play the comedy of errors as adapted by librettist george abbott the score includes swing and other contemporary rhythms of the 1930s. Directed by a edward sutherland with allan jones irene hervey martha raye joe penner the action takes place in ephesus in ancient asia minor and the story concerns the efforts of two boys from syracuse anthipholus and his servant dromio to find their long lost twins who for reason of plot confusion are also named anthipholus and dromio. Considering that it was adapted from a broadway musical by richard rodgers lorenz hart and george abbott the boys from syracuse must rank as a disappointment though it manages to remain . The boys from syracuse a musical comedy in 2 acts 9 scenes ook by george abbott based on the play the comedy of errors by william shakespeare adapted from menaechmi by plautus music by richard rodgerslyrics by lorenz hart try out shubert theatre new haven and shubert theatre boston 1938
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