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My Geisha (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | February 1962 (Austria)
An actress disguises herself as a geisha in order to land the lead role in her director husband's film version of 'Madam Butterfly'.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Norman Krasna (screenplay), Norman Krasna (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley MacLaine ... Lucy Dell / Yoko Mori
Yves Montand ... Paul Robaix
Edward G. Robinson ... Sam Lewis
Robert Cummings ... Bob Moore
Yôko Tani ... Kazumi Ito
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Kenichi Takata
Tamae Kiyokawa Tamae Kiyokawa ... Amatsu Hisako (as Tamae Kyokawa)
Ichirô Hayakawa Ichirô Hayakawa ... Hisako
Alex Gerry ... Leonard Lewis
Tsugundo Maki Tsugundo Maki ... Shiga
George Furness 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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It's the WACKIEST HOAX That Ever Turned the Screen Hilarious! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

February 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi dulce Geisha See more »

Filming Locations:

Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

A huge premiere is planned for the movie Lucy is working on mere days after the final scene is shot; in reality, a major film of the magnitude she's starring in would take months for editing and other post-production work. See more »

Quotes

Kazumi Ito: No one before you, my husband, not even I.
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Connections

References The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) 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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improbable, but entertaining....
8 November 2006 | by spook95613See all my reviews

"my geisha" is charming. suspend belief a bit, and one realises how good an actress shirley maclaine is and how convincingly she becomes a geisha.

the movie is fluff. but the attempt to parallel the plot to the libretto of "madama butterfly" is clever and almost successful. edward g.robinson as sharpless; maclaine as pinkerton, and montand as butterfly... it is a very literate attempt to use the sub-plot as the driver for the main plot.

there are moments when one is reminded of a doris day-rock hudson frolic - expected in a comedy from 1962. but there's also a real "edge" that comes from the characters being a little less than saccharine. as has been pointed out, the cinematography is quite sharp. so there is an air of substance to the production, and quality is evident.

in the end, though, one just should enjoy it.


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