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Cry for Happy (1961)

U.S. Navy photographic team uses Tokyo geisha house as its home.


George Marshall


Irving Brecher (screenplay), George Campbell (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... CPO Andy Cyphers
Donald O'Connor ... Murray Prince
Miiko Taka ... Chiyoko
James Shigeta ... Suzuki
Miyoshi Umeki ... Harue
Michi Kobi Michi Kobi ... Harakichi
Howard St. John ... Vice Adm. Junius B. Bennett
Joe Flynn ... John McIntosh
Chet Douglas Chet Douglas ... Lank
Tsuruko Kobayashi Tsuruko Kobayashi ... Koyuki
Harriet E. MacGibbon ... Mrs. Bennett
Robert Kino Robert Kino ... Mr. Endo
Bob Okazaki Bob Okazaki ... Izumi
Harlan Warde ... Chaplain
Nancy Kovack ... Camille Cameron


U.S. Navy photographic team uses Tokyo geisha house as its home.

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The newsreel sequence or "movie within the movie" was filmed aboard the heavy cruiser USS Los Angeles (CA-135) featuring the ship's then commanding officer CAPT Robert Dornin and various members of the deck department as sideboys. See more »


Cry for Happy
Written by George Duning and Stanley Styne
Performed by Miyoshi Umeki
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Extremely raunchy for 1961
5 January 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Rarely, if ever, have I seen a movie with as many, and as naughty, sexual innuendos as Cry for Happy. In the few years following the demise of the Hays Code, Hollywood specialized in making sex comedies featuring jokes, words, and entire situations they were forbidden to feature in the 1950s. Cry for Happy is a comedy about US sailors in Japan who stay in a geisha house, and can't "get" any geishas. That verb is used frequently, as are countless euphamisms and blatant phrases. Donald O'Connor is described as "frustrated". Glenn Ford tells Miiko Taka, "He's been warming up for eight innings, and he's not even gonna get to pitch," when she tells him her girls are innocent and won't sleep with his sailors. At one point, Chet Douglas suggests thinking of something very cold, like an iceberg, when trying to go to sleep. Donald says, "I tried that. It melts."

Mixed into the hilarious raunchy one-liners is a rather silly plot involving a fake orphanage and a botched attempt at Japanese filmmaking. There are a few politically incorrect jokes thrown in, but for the time period, it's not that bad. James Shigeta is expected to speak Japanese, and it's supposed to be a laugh line when he whips out a Japanese for Beginners pocketbook.

The girls, Miiko Taka, Miyoshi Umeki, Michi Kobi, and Tsuruko Kobayashi, are adorable and endearing. Not once does the audience doubt their innocence and sweetness. The boys are another matter, but even though they're despicably bawdy, the audience hopes there's time enough in the movie for them to shape up, fall in love, and treat their geishas with respect. And with nearly two hours of humor and romance, there just might be time.

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January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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