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Flower Drum Song ()


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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.

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  • Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
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Linda Low
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Wang Ta
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Wang Chi-Yang
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Sammy Fong
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Madame Liang
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Helen Chao
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Wang San
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Doctor Li
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Frankie Wing
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Madame Yen Fong
Ching Wah Lee ...
Professor
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Headwaiter
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Mei Li
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
B.J. Baker ...
Linda Low (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Henry Beau ...
(uncredited)
Herman Belmonte ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
Eugene Chan ...
Umpire (uncredited)
Mary Chan ...
Lady in the Park (uncredited)
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Doctor Chou (uncredited)
David Chow ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Tai Wai Chow ...
Croupier (uncredited)
Jane Chung ...
Woman (uncredited)
John Dodson ...
Dr. Li (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Harold Fong ...
News Vendor (uncredited)
Jon Fong ...
Square Dance Caller (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ...
Citizen (uncredited)
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Rosalind (uncredited)
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Helen Chao (uncredited) (singingVoice)
Shep Houghton ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
Hideo Inamura ...
Onlooker in Park (uncredited)
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Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Finis Jhung ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Keiko Kamitsuka ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Paul King ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Robert Kino ...
Bank Manager (uncredited)
Frank Kumagai ...
Tradesman (uncredited)
Cherylene Lee ...
Wang's Youngest Daughter (uncredited)
Esther Ying Lee ...
Bar Girl (uncredited)
Guy Lee ...
Student (uncredited)
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Wang San's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Willard Lee ...
Tradesman (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
Tiko Ling ...
(uncredited)
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TV Mexican Girl (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Alice Nishimura ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
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Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Beulah Quo ...
Woman (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Eric (uncredited)
Tony Regan ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
Herman Rudin ...
Holdup Man (uncredited)
Jerry Rush ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
James Shen ...
2nd Chinese Sailor (uncredited)
Robin Shimatsu ...
Small Girl (uncredited)
Gerald Shimaza ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Arthur Song ...
Doctor Fong (uncredited)
Owen Song ...
Onlooker in Park (uncredited)
Willie Soo Hoo ...
Chinese Man (uncredited)
Paul Sorensen ...
TV Sheriff (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
Pat Sui ...
(uncredited)
Teruko Suzuki ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Singer (uncredited)
Paul Togawa ...
Beatnik (uncredited)
David Toguri ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Edwin Tuttle ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Beal Wong ...
Tailor (uncredited)
William Yip ...
Chinese Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Henry Koster

Written by

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Joseph Fields ... (screenplay)
 
C.Y. Lee ... (novel "The Flower Drum Song")
 
Joseph Fields ... (book of stage play) (uncredited)
 
Oscar Hammerstein II ... (book of stage play) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Joseph Fields ... in association with: A Ross Hunter Production
Ross Hunter ... producer

Music by

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Alfred Newman ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Russell Metty ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Milton Carruth

Art Direction by

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Alexander Golitzen
Joseph C. Wright ... (as Joseph Wright)

Set Decoration by

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Howard Bristol

Costume Design by

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Irene Sharaff

Makeup Department

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Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Norman Deming ... unit production manager
Edward Muhl ... in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Phil Bowles ... assistant director

Art Department

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Dong Kingman ... original title paintings

Sound Department

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Joe Lapis ... sound
Waldon O. Watson ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Wynn Hammer ... titles animation camera (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ken Darby ... associate music supervisor
Oscar Hammerstein II ... lyricist: songs (as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd)
Alfred Newman ... conductor / music supervisor
Richard Rodgers ... composer: songs
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Marshall J. Wolins ... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)

Additional Crew

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Leon Charles ... dialogue coach
Albert Lim ... technical advisor
Hermes Pan ... Choreographer / choreographer
H.K. Wong ... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song (United States)
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song (United Kingdom)
  • Au rythme des tambours fleuris (France)
  • Prometidas sin novio (Spain)
  • Flor de loto (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 133 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Many who are familiar with the screen version of Flower Drum Song are mystified as to why the stage version is not more frequently revived. In fact, Joseph C. Wright, who co-wrote the libretto of the Broadway production with Oscar Hammerstein II, made significant changes to the show's plot and structure for the film version, to the point where only a fraction of the original dialogue was retained. The film version is far less patronizing to the Asian-American community than its stage predecessor, as it makes an honest, heartfelt attempt to explore generational culture clash in San Francisco's Chinatown of the early 1960s. See more »
Goofs When Wang Chi-Yang sets off the alarm in the bank; the alarm goes off before his finger hits the button. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Slaying the Dragon (1988). See more »
Soundtracks A Hundred Million Miracles See more »
Quotes Policeman: So where are you folks from?
Mei Li: The East.
Policeman: Oh, New York, huh?
Dr. Li: Further east.
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