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The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Machiko Kyô ...
Lotus Blossom (as Machiko Kyo)
Jun Negami ...
Mr. Seiko
Nijiko Kiyokawa ...
Mitsuko Sawamura ...
Little Girl
Sgt. Gregovich (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Chung ...


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 <>

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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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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Sakini: Socks up boss!
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Referenced in Cantinflas (2014) See more »


Written and Arranged by Kikuko Kanai
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Simply hilarious
20 August 2000 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

This movie is a joke! A joke! Get it??? A joke from beginning to end.

And it's hysterical. From the patently ludicrous comedy turn by Marlon Brando to the patented comic shtick by the wonderful Paul Ford. With Glenn Ford and Eddie Albert sandwiched in the middle in a farcical romp that barely lets you stop laughing long enough to catch your breath.

Ah, the mighty American conquerors, hornswoggled by the "simple peasants" of the beaten nation. Peter Sellers did this again a few years later in The Mouse That Roared - - let's get the Americans to beat us in a war so they'll make us rich!

But this one is a LOT funnier. ***** out of *****

And by the way, when I sent this tape to my daughter she called me and said she liked the film but I told her Marlon Brando was in it, and he wasn't! Ah, these twentysomethings!

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