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A Majority of One (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Drama | 3 September 1962 (Sweden)
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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Widowed Bertha Jacoby has led a relatively sheltered, monocultural existence in the same predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood for most of her adult life, and as such has fairly traditional Jewish values. She is taken aback not only when her son-in-law Jerry Black announces that he and Bertha's daughter Alice Black are moving to Tokyo on Jerry's next diplomatic corps assignment, but that they want her to move there with them so that she won't be all alone. Despite her anti-Japanese sentiments - David, her only son, having been killed in WWII in the Pacific Theater - Bertha reluctantly agrees. They will fly from New York to San Francisco, and sail from there. Against the odds, Bertha befriends on board the ship Koichi Asano, a wealthy widowed Japanese businessman with who Jerry and the American contingent will be entering into sensitive negotiations. Jerry and Alice are wary of Bertha and Mr. Asano's friendship, not only because of the cultural differences but because they believe... Written by Huggo

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The play "A Majority of One" by Leonard Spigelgass opened at the Shubert Theater in New York on February 16, 1959 and ran for 556 performances. Tsuruko Kobayashi and Mae Questel recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. Leonard Spigelgass wrote the play and adapted his work for the screenplay. See more »

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In a Movie with Transcontinental Jets when Mrs Jacoby returns to her Brooklyn apartment they show a street scene in front with a car passing but then behind the car there is a Horse drawn wagon. Horse drawn wagons in 1960s Brooklyn? I don't think so. See more »

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Koichi Asano: The hardest word in the English language is "rorripop"
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Koichi Asano: .
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References Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959) See more »

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Yoo-Hoo
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Music by Al Jolson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by Mae Questel as she's walking up the stairs
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Recently saw after 30-odd years; still a qualified treat
6 July 2001 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Looking at the film afresh as a mature adult, I'm now amazed I never realized that however excellent an actor Alec Guiness was, he simply looked ludicrous as an ersatz Japanese man. He appeared to have some sort of tightening device around his eyes so that they always looked closed! I guess that passed for generic Asian looks in those days. Too bad at the time James Shigeta was too young for the part; I kept visualizing him as an older man. That quibble aside, it is truly a heartwarming tale and well-performed by the wonderful Rosalind Russell and Mr. Guiness. Nice to see a regular-guy performance by Ran Danton, too, as the son-in-law. I'd always associated him with "Legs" Diamond and other unsavory characters he usually seemed to play. All in all, entertaining and drives home some important points about tolerance and family relations.


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