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Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 9 November 1961 (USA)
Chinese stowaway Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco with her father to meet her fiancé, wealthy nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo), in an arranged marriage, but the groom ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Credited cast:
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Linda Low
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Wang Ta
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Wang Chi-Yang
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'Sammy' Fong
Juanita Hall ...
'Auntie' Liang
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Helen Chao
Patrick Adiarte ...
Wang San
Kam Tong ...
Doctor Li
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Frankie Wing
Soo Yong ...
Madame Ten Fong
Ching Wah Lee ...
Professor
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Headwaiter
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Mei Li
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Chung ...
Woman
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Storyline

Chinese stowaway Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco with her father to meet her fiancé, wealthy nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo), in an arranged marriage, but the groom has his eye on his star singer Linda Low (Nancy Kwan). This film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical is filled with memorable song-and-dance numbers showcasing the contrast between Mei Li's traditional family and her growing fascination with American culture. Written by alfiehitchie

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Broadway's Most Romantic Musical Comedy comes to the Screen!!! See more »


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Release Date:

9 November 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Juanita Hall, who played the role of Chinese American "Auntie" Liang, was actually African American. See more »

Goofs

At Wang Ta's graduation party, he and Mei-Ling ballroom dance as part of the Chop Suey number. But several scenes later, at the Celestial Gardens, he asks her to dance and she responds, "I don't know how, but I will walk around with you." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tradesman: [in Chinese] What was that?
Tradesman: [in Chinese] I don't know. Must be my stomach.
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Connections

Referenced in That '70s Show: Battle of the Sexists (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Chop Suey
Performed by Juanita Hall, James Shigeta, and chorus
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a feast for the eyes and ears
14 July 2000 | by (hollywood) – See all my reviews

This is film making the likes of which will never be seen again. It gives romance, comedy, drama and a fantastic Rodgers and Hammerstein score. Ross Hunter pulled out all the stops making this film a feast for the eyes with fabulous technicolor, brilliant costumes and the great Hermes Pan doing some of the most original choreography of his career. It's escapism at its best. Miyoshi Umeki gives a fresh and fantastic oscar worthy performance totally topping her oscar winning role in Sayonara. For some reason this film has always been overlooked and the score written off as forgettable maybe because it doesnt have a caucasian leading actor and the music isnt as instantly recognizable as The Sound Of Music. Of course you know its going to be a happy ending but you don't have any idea how the characters are going to overcome the obstacles. The music may take some people a closer listening but it is definately R&H in top form - from the ballads to the swing numbers - it's poetic clever and very melodic. This film like all big musicals is best seen on the big screen where it can be enjoyed as it was meant to be. It really is a secret gem.


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