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Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 28 March 1962 (Spain)
A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Joseph Fields (screenplay), C.Y. Lee (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nancy Kwan ... Linda Low
James Shigeta ... Wang Ta
Benson Fong ... Wang Chi-Yang
Jack Soo ... Sammy Fong
Juanita Hall ... Madame Liang
Reiko Sato ... Helen Chao
Patrick Adiarte ... Wang San
Kam Tong ... Doctor Li
Victor Sen Yung ... Frankie Wing
Soo Yong Soo Yong ... Madame Ten Fong
Ching Wah Lee Ching Wah Lee ... Professor
James Hong ... Headwaiter
Miyoshi Umeki ... Mei Li
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Storyline

Chinese stowaway Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco with her father to meet her fiancé, wealthy nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo), in an arranged marriage, but the groom has his eye on his star singer Linda Low (Nancy Kwan). This film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical is filled with memorable song-and-dance numbers showcasing the contrast between Mei Li's traditional family and her growing fascination with American culture. Written by alfiehitchie

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Broadway's Most Romantic Musical Comedy comes to the Screen!!! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

28 March 1962 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,900,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Happily, several members of the original cast were recruited for the film version, including Miyoshi Umeki as Mei Li, Juanita Hall as Madam Liang and Patrick Adiarte as Wang San. Meanwhile, Jack Soo was elevated from his stage role of Frankie Wing to portray the leading role of Sammy Fong on screen. Soo had understudied the role on Broadway, where it was played by Caucasian Larry Blyden, who himself was an eleventh-hour replacement for Larry Storch. See more »

Goofs

Linda ties her scarf in the car twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tradesman: [in Chinese] What was that?
Tradesman: [in Chinese] I don't know. Must be my stomach.
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Connections

Referenced in Frasier: The Babysitter (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I Enjoy Being a Girl
Performed by Nancy Kwan (dubbed by B.J. Baker)
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User Reviews

Great film that stands the test of time
6 November 2006 | by guyyoung2000See all my reviews

I watched the film last night with 2 Chinese friends who knew nothing about it. They loved every minute of it and so did I, 45 years after my initial viewing. It still has a great message for all of us no matter where we live and you just get swept away by the wonderful score. The dance routines are charming and the interiors quite exquisite. Nancy Kwan has never looked lovelier as Linda Loo and Jack Soo is always a delight.Juanita Hall brings her great presence to the role of Madame Liang and Miyoshi Umeki and James Shigeta are two fine performers. Patrick Adriarte dances with great verve. A great night's viewing for all!


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