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Joe Butterfly (1957)

American soldiers in occupied Tokyo get mixed up with a conniving black-marketeer.

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Pvt. Joe Woodley
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Sgt. Ed Kennedy
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Harold Hathaway
Kieko Shima ...
Chieko
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Col. E.E. Fuller
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Sgt. Dick Mason
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Sgt. Jim McNulty
Shinpei Shimazaki ...
Boku (little boy)
Reiko Higa ...
False Tokyo Rose
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Sakayama (father)
Chizu Shimazaki ...
Mother
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Maj. Ferguson
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Sgt. Oscar Hulick
Frank Chase ...
Yeo. Saul Bernheim
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Col. Hopper
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The staff of "Yank" magazine are among the first American troops into Tokyo after the Japanese surrender. Their mission: produce an issue of the magazine...in three days. To accomplish the seeming impossible, they reluctantly enlist the aid of black marketeer and arch-conniver Joe Butterfly, who sets them up in a palatial private mansion, complete with lovely daughter -- strictly against regulations. How much trouble can our heroes talk their way out of? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Uproarious Saga of Those Hilarious Heroes Who Took Tokyo in a Storm of Laughter with their Riotous Operation Kimono!

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17 July 1957 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rose von Tokio  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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A refreshing change of pace
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Audie Murphy, the decorated WW II soldier is remembered today for his entertaining westerns and war films of the post war era. However, in this comic outing, Murphy and pals hit post war Japan and all sorts of hi-jinks develop in quick succession.

Audie is at ease here in the title role and brings an easy-going charm to a slightly above-average storyline. Keenan Wynn and John Agar offer fine support in a pleasing film that served to stretch Murphy out of his westerns rut.

This is the sort of film that demands little from the viewer, yet provides a pleasant viewing experience even for non-fans of the legendary war hero. Well worth another look.


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