An actress disguises herself as a geisha in order to land the lead role in her director husband's film version of 'Madam Butterfly'.

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Cast

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Lucy Dell / Yoko Mori
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Paul Robaix
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Sam Lewis
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Kazumi Ito
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Kenichi Takata
Tamae Kyokawa ...
Amatsu Hisako
Ichirô Hayakawa ...
Hisako
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Leonard Lewis
Tsugundo Maki ...
Shiga
George Furness ...
George (Robaix's butler)
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Storyline

Paul Robaix is a well known director, married to Lucy Dell, a famous movie star. Robaix wants to make a movie of the classic play Madame Butterfly, but he doesn't want his wife to play the leading part, as in his previous pictures. Producer Sam Lewis and Lucy Dell think up a scheme to get her in the picture after all. Lucy disguises as a Geisha, and gets the leading part in the picture. When Robaix finds out he gets so mad, he wants to divorce Lucy... Written by Christian Siemons <siemons@bigfoot.com>

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February 1962 (Austria)  »

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Mi dulce Geisha  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley MacLaine wrote in her book "My Lucky Stars" that Yves Montand bet her husband Steve Parker that he could seduce her. Parker took him up on the bet; Montand won. See more »

Goofs

When Paul Robaix (Yves Montand) plays rock-paper-scissors with a geisha, who unbeknownst to him is his wife Lucy Dell (Shirley MacLaine), a side camera view shows Montand taking his cigarette out of his mouth and putting it down before he plays the game. When he wins, the camera angle switches to MacLaine's point of view and shows Montand with the cigarette still in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Paul Robaix: Keep bowing, you little ham.
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Connections

Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Sequences
Written by Giacomo Puccini, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
Performed by Shirley MacLaine (dubbed by Michiku Sunahara) and Robert Cummings (dubbed by Barry Morell)
Conducted by Franz Waxman
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Seen once, but unforgettable and haunting.
31 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Although I only saw this movie once over ten years ago on late night TV,I was struck by the beautiful scenery and the storyline somehow reminded me of James Mason & Judy Garland "A star is born".Shirley Mclaine is a favorite of mine and she managed to imbue the Japanese persona so purely and one could feel Yves Montand frustration and eagerness to achieve success without his wife.I cannot recall much more of this film but I do know that my best friend Maruschka has watched it so many times that her tape copy is wearing out.It is a classic love story. Very hard to find a copy for it and I would love to see it out on DVD.I would then surprise my friend by buying her a copy (and one for me also).Millie


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