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John Patrick (screenplay)
Vern J. Sneider (book)
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Release Date:
December 1956 (USA) See more »
All The Riotous Fun Of The Prize-Winning Stage Comedy!
This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Comedy with an undertone of very scathing political and intelligent criticism. See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Sakini

Glenn Ford ... Capt. Fisby
Machiko Kyô ... Lotus Blossom (as Machiko Kyo)

Eddie Albert ... Capt. McLean

Paul Ford ... Col. Wainwright Purdy III
Jun Negami ... Mr. Seiko
Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Miss Higa Jiga
Mitsuko Sawamura ... Little Girl

Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Gregovich (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Chung ... Woman
Carlo Fiore ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Grayson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Miyoshi Jingu ... Old Woman on Jeep (uncredited)
Roger McGee ... Soldier (uncredited)
Dansho Miyazaki ... Sumata's Father (uncredited)
Minoru Nishida ... Mr. Sumata (uncredited)
Aya Oyama ... Daughter on Jeep (uncredited)
Kichizaemon Sarumaru ... Mr. Hokaida (uncredited)
Shichizo Takeda ... Ancient Man (uncredited)
Frank Tokunaga ... Mr. Omura (uncredited)
Raynum K. Tsukamoto ... Mr. Oshira (uncredited)
Yosan Tsuruta ... Judge (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Mann 
Writing credits
John Patrick (screenplay)

Vern J. Sneider (book)

John Patrick (play)

Produced by
Jack Cummings .... producer
Original Music by
Saul Chaplin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John Alton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Eddie Imazu 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Keester Sweeney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
William Shanks .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert E. Relyea .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Alexander Kelly Jr. .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Lipow .... sound editor (uncredited)
Milo B. Lory .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Harlan .... director of photography: Japan (uncredited)
Music Department
Saul Chaplin .... musical supervisor
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Evans .... stage presenter
Masaya Fujima .... choreographer
Masaichi Nagata .... grateful acknowledgment (as Mr. Masaichi Nagata)
Crew verified as complete

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123 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #18243)
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Did You Know?

The original Broadway production of "The Teahouse of the August Moon" by John Patrick opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York on October 15, 1953, ran for 1027 performances and won the 1954 Tony Award for the Best Play. Paul Ford recreated his stage role in the movie version.See more »
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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Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Comedy with an undertone of very scathing political and intelligent criticism., 10 November 2012
Author: psagray from Spain

This film is a satirical comedy on how to "westernize" the Japanese at the end of the war. Just after the Second World War, Captain "Fisby" (Glenn Ford) comes to town to Tobiki in Okinawa, to talk about the benefits of democracy.

Based on the novel of the same title by Vern Sneider (1916-1981) published in 1951. The book was later adapted for a Broadway play in 1953 and a 1956 film of the same title, both written by John Patrick, in 1970 it became a Broadway musical.

"Fisby" will have the help of "Sakini" (Marlon Brando), a young native interpreter, and both try to convince the people to build a school, even though the people want to build a teahouse run by "geisha".

The essence of this film are the characters and their hilarious dialogues; Brando deeply into the character and after long weeks of oriental behavioral study, plus the application of a couple of tapes in the eyes and a little makeup, it gets an authentic Japanese arms moving much, as do native nerve.

And another key character in the film is the figure of the colonel "Purdy" (Paul Ford). By the way, it happened that the first actor designated for that character, died before filming started so it was called Paul Ford, who won a magnificent interpretation.

The film received nine nominations for awards and / or film festivals, including six "Golden Globes" for best picture comedy / musical, best international promotional film, best actor: Marlon Brando, Best Actor: Glenn Ford, Best Actress: Machiko Kyo and Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Albert. Although not a perfect movie if you like the American comedy-fifties, I think it is a lovely film worth seeing.

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