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The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  December 1956 (USA)
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This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in ... See full summary »

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Jun Negami ...
Mr. Seiko
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Little Girl
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Sgt. Gregovich (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
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This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in Okinawa to teach the people democracy. The first step is to build a school -- but the wily Okinawans know what they really want. They tell him about their culture and traditions -- and persuade him to build something they really want instead: a teahouse. Fisby has a hard time breaking this news to his superiors. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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All The Riotous Fun Of The Prize-Winning Stage Comedy!

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December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La casa de té de la luna de agosto  »

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Production began with Louis Calhern playing Col. Purdy, but Calhern died after more than a month of filming. His scenes were reshot with Paul Ford. See more »

Quotes

Sakini: She says Lotus Blossom unfair competition.
Captain Fisby: Granted.
Sakini: And she say you promised her everyone gonna be equal, Boss.
Captain Fisby: And I intend to keep my word.
Sakini: She say she can't be equal, Boss, until she has everything Lotus Blossom have.
Captain Fisby: What Lotus Blossom has, the government doesn't issue!
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Referenced in My Geisha (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Lyrics by June Hershey
Music by Don Swander
Sung by Captains Fisby and McLean at the Teahouse
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Brando great!
14 April 2005 | by (Philadelphia,Pa.) – See all my reviews

For a guy who had some heavy duty roles,Waterfront,Sreetcar etc. this role was a real challenge for Brando and he is fabulous and steals movie although Glenn Ford is great too. This shows Brando's brilliance as an actor not that there was ever any doubt but this early in his career to take this comedic challenge shows his versatility. Is Glenn Ford ever bad? I don't think he gets the credit for all his talent. This movie probably could not be made today a victim of PC. Must have Asian play Asian and don't offend the the Japanese although the only people made to look like fool were the Americans which is fine with me because it's a comedy and people are suppose to look foolish. Never on, but caught on TCM.


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