Flower Drum Song (1961)
Policeman: So where are you folks from?
Mei Li: The East.
Policeman: Oh, New York, huh?
Dr. Li: Further east.
Mei Li: [singing] A hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles are happening every day, / And those who say they don't agree are those who do not hear or see. / A hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles are happening every day.
Linda Low: [singing] I'm a girl and by me that's only great, I am proud that my silhouette is curvy. / That I walk with a sweet and girlish gait with my hips kind of swively and swirly. / I enjoy being dressed in something frilly when my date comes to get me at my place, / Out I go with my Joe or John or Billy like a filly who is ready for the race. / When I have a brand new hairdo with my eye lashes all in curl, / I float as the clouds on air do, I enjoy being a girl. / When men say I'm cute and funny and my teeth aren't teeth but pearl, / I just lap it out like honey, I enjoy being a girl. / I flip when a fellow sends me flowers, I drool over dresses made of lace, / I talk on the telephone for hours with a pound and a half of cream upon my face. / I'm strictly a female female and my future I hope will be / In the home of a brave and free male who'll enjoy being a guy having a girl like me.
Wang Chi-Yang: [to Madame Liang] For five years you have gone to that Citizenship School and all you have learned is: "This is not China!".
Madame 'Auntie' Liang: What did he look like?
Wang Chi-Yang: Who?
Madame 'Auntie' Liang: The robber.
Wang Chi-Yang: Dont ask me what he looked like! All white men look alike!
Wang Chi-Yang: [Cursing the newspaper editor for not publishing his "Letter to the Editor"] Son of a turtle!
Wang Ta: This is not China. This is a different world. And here a man has the right to choose his own wife.
Wang Chi-Yang: And here he also has the right to get divorced every year and pick a new one.
Wang Chi-Yang: What language is he using? I have a feeling he has been disrespectful, but I am not sure.
Madame 'Auntie' Liang: No, no. That is American style slang.
Wang Chi-Yang: [singing] What are we going to do about the other generation? / How will we ever communicate without communication?
Mei Li: [to Wang Chi-Yang] This is beautiful and very outspoken.
Professor: And are you also proud of this fine American citizen in your family, Master Wong?
Wang Chi-Yang: To become an American citizen it took her five years. She was Chinese in nine months.
Madame 'Auntie' Liang: I am happy to be both Chinese and American.
Wang Chi-Yang: You are like the Chinese dish the Americans invented. What do they call it?
Wang Ta: Chop Suey.
Wang Chi-Yang: That is it. Everything is in it. All mixed up.
Madame 'Auntie' Liang: I like that.
Madame 'Auntie' Liang: Chop Suey. Chop Suey. / Living here is very much like Chop Suey. / Hula-hoops and nucelar war, Doctor Salk and Zsa Zsa Gabor, / Bobby Darin, Sandra Dee and Dewey, Chop Suey.
Chorus: Chop Suey!
Wang San: [singing] You be the rock.
Linda Low: [singing] I be the roll.
Wang San: [singing] You be the soup.
Linda Low: [singing] I be the bowl.
Wang San: [singing] You be the furnace.
Linda Low: [singing] I'll be the coal.
Wang Chi-Yang: [to Wang Ta] When that day come when you can think for yourself, I will let you know.
'Sammy' Fong: [singing] I am talking like a Chinese uncle / I'm as serious as I can be. / I am saying this because I love you / Darling, don't marry me.
Linda Low: [singing] Fan Tan Fanny was leaving her man, / Fan Tan Fanny kept waiving her fan, / Said "Goodbye Danny, you two timing Dan", / Some other man loves your little Fanny. Bye! Bye! / In the icebox you'll find in a can / Some leftovers of Moo Goo Gai Pan. / Fan Tan Fanny has found a new guy, / His name is Manny, he's good for Fanny, / So goodbye, Danny, goodbye! / Bye! Bye!
Mei Li: You smell good. You wear incense to scare away evil spirits?
Linda Low: Oh no, to attract them!
Wang Chi-Yang: [as Wang San runs from his brother's bedroom] Wait! Why aren't you in school?
Wang San: It's Saturday!
Wang Chi-Yang: Always some excuse!
'Sammy' Fong: [about Linda] She's okay! She came into this country the regular way; through her mother!
Wang Chi-Yang: [to Sammy Fong] You have an unfortunate way of expressing yourself.
Tradesman: [in Chinese] What was that?
Tradesman: [in Chinese] I don't know. Must be my stomach.
Dr. Li: [to the people] Kind hearted and distinguished friends. My daughter and I are going to give a show. A Flower Drum show from the north.
'Sammy' Fong: [to Mei Lee] Okay, kid. Okay, I'll get you all you can eat.
'Sammy' Fong: Baby, you remember the new convertible you've been drooling over? Well it's yours.
Linda Low: I don't want it.
Wang Ta: I need some money.
Wang Chi-Yang: Money. That is nothing unusual. How much this time?
Wang Ta: Twenty five bucks.
Wang Chi-Yang: Bucks?
Madame 'Auntie' Liang: Dollars.
Wang San, Wang's Youngest Daughter, One of Sam's Girl Friends: [singing] What are we going to do about the other generation? / How will we ever communicate without communication / When we are using words the modern way?
Bank Manager: No, no, no. Everybody, everybody, back, back. The gentleman made a mistake. Mister.
Madame 'Auntie' Liang: My sister's husband.
Wang Chi-Yang: My congratulations! This is indeed an excellent system!
Square Dance Caller: [to the graduation party] With a Do See Do. Promenade. Waltz the hall. Everybody have a ball.
Wang Ta: Would you like to dance?
Mei Li: I don't know how, but I will walk around with you while you dance.
Linda Low: [singing] Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California, U.S.A. / Looks down from Chinatown over a foggy bay./ You travel there in a trolley, in a trolley there up you climb. / Dong! Dong! You're in Hong Kong, having yourself a time. / You can eat, if you are in the mood.
Chorus: [singing] Shark-fin soup, bean cake fish.
Linda Low: [singing] The girl who serves you all your food is another tasty dish.
Chorus: [singing] You know you.
Linda Low: [singing] You can't have a new way of living till you're living all the way on / Grand Avenue.
Chorus: Where's that?
Linda Low: [singing] San Francisco. That's where's that! California USA.
Frankie Wing: [singing] That's how I see them, gliding through my memoree.
Helen Chao: [singing] Love, look away! Love, look away from me. /Fly, when you pass my door, fly and get lost at sea. / Call it a day. Love, let us say we're through. / No good for you are me, no good am I for you. / Wanting you so, I try too much. / After you go, I cry too much. / Love, look away. Lonely though I may be, / Leave me and set me free, / Look away, look away, look away from me.
Wang Chi-Yang: Where have you been till this hour?
Wang Ta: Spending the night...
Wang Chi-Yang: Stop! Not in front of your aunt.
Wang Ta: I beg your forgiveness, Father. I should have listened. I was a fool.
Wang Chi-Yang: Knowing you are a fool is the beginning of wisdom. Now I have my son back.
'Sammy' Fong: [singing] Sunday, sweet Sunday, you will only see only me.
Wang Ta: Here, they're not really married until they seal it with a kiss.
Mei Li: Everything in America ends in a kiss. What does it mean? Why do they do it?
Mei Li: [singing] A hundred million miracles.
Linda Low: [singing] A hundred million miracles.
All Cast: [singing] A hundred million miracles. a hundred million miracles are happening everyday.
Mei Li: [singing] A little girl in Chunking, just thirty inches tall, / Decides that she will try to walk and nearly doesn't fall! / A hundred million miracles! / A hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles are happening every day.