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The Geisha Boy (1958)

Approved | | Comedy | December 1958 (USA)
Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to entertain the troops in the pacific. During his time in Japan he becomes attached to a little orphan boy.

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Lola Livingston
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Kimi Sikita (as Nobu Atsumi McCarthy)
Robert Hirano ...
Mitsuo Watanabe (as Robert Kazuyoshi Hirano)
Ryuzo Demura ...
Ichiyama
The Los Angeles Dodgers ...
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Carl Erskine ...
Himself (as The Los Angeles Dodgers)
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Tsunagorô Rashômon ...
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Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to entertain the troops in the pacific. During his time in Japan he becomes attached to a little orphan boy.

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Gil Hodges' first film. See more »

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Gilbert Wooley: [in Tokyo] Hoo hoo ! I could chop chopsticks with her anytime.
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and introducing Harry Hare See more »

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References Ikiru (1952) See more »

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A few funny sight-gags mixed in with Lewis endlessly calling for his rabbit
15 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Combination slapstick comedy and sentimental tale of East-West friendship has unemployed magician Jerry Lewis signed for a USO tour of the Orient, opening for a glamorous starlet. He manages to get on everybody's bad side by the time their plane lands--except for somewhat-smitten female Army sergeant Suzanne Pleshette (in her debut)--and winds up performing for the troops in Korea (on the battlefield!) and for Japanese children, one of whom wants Jerry for his daddy. Writer-director Frank Tashlin doesn't know when to kill a gag, and Lewis (also the producer) never wants to be off-camera, resulting in funny sequences which soon become belabored and monotonous. Lewis' mischievous pet rabbit (named "Harry!") is used for a constant series of jokes (topped off by the finale), but the occasional hints of possible romance are never expanded upon (Jerry is too busy laying on the paternal syrup with the fatherless boy). Though glossy and colorful, the film's high comedy palls at the 30-minute mark...with an hour left on the clock. ** from ****


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