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A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview:
Madlyn Rhue ...
Mrs. Esther 'Essie' Rubin (as Mae Questal)
Marc Marno ...
Mr. McMillon
Sharon Hugueny ...
Noah Putnam
Francis De Sales ...
American embassy representative
Yuki Shimoda ...
Mr. Asano's secretary
Harriet E. MacGibbon ...
Mrs. Lily Putnam (as Harriet MacGibbon)
Captain Norcross


A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.

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Release Date:

3 September 1962 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

1000 Meilen bis Yokohama  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Barbara Stanwyck was considered for the role of Bertha Jacoby. See more »


The steering wheel of the taxi cab is on the wrong side. See more »


Koichi Asano: The hardest word in the English language is "rorripop"
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References The Law and Jake Wade (1958) See more »


Where Am I? (Am I in Heaven?)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Mrs. Jacoby and Mr. Asano discuss the dateline and Russia on board the ship
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Russell and Guiness: Two Professionals!
28 May 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Warner Bros. cast movie stars Rosalind Russell, and Alec Guiness in this movie based on the hit Broadway play directed by long time veteran Mervyn Le Roy with very fine Warner Bros production values.

Rosalind Russell an Irish Catholic Yankee was cast as a Brooklyn Jewish Matron, the part played by Gertrude Berg on Broadway. There is a lot of mileage between Roz Russell and Gertrude Berg! English star ( and also Catholic) Alec Guiness was assigned to play the Japanese male lead. Ms. Russell had a lot of talent and is one of the most glaring examples of a great actress who never won an Oscar. Alec Guiness right off his great Oscar win in The Bridge On The River Kwai playing the English officer tormented by his Japanese captors is elegant and intelligent in his performance in this film. Due to the deft professionalism and talent do these two very fine Stars pull off their characterization's.

Gary Vinson and Sharon Hugueny both WB stars are listed in the credits but I only saw them briefly. Warners contract star Ray Danton is fine in this film.

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