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My Geisha (1962)

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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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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Taglines:

It's the WACKIEST HOAX That Ever Turned the Screen Hilarious! See more »

Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures,Sachiko See more »
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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 G.I. Blues (1960) 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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A Practical Joke Goes Too Far
2 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

My Geisha is a film that I'm not sure why it is overlooked. Essentially Shirley MacLaine plays two roles in this film. One she's Lucy Dell, a Hollywood Actress not unlike Shirley MacLaine. But with a lot of heavy makeup she's also playing a geisha girl who husband/director Yves Montand picks to star in a film version of Madame Butterfly.

Shirley at that time was married to Steve Parker who lived and worked in Japan and they had one of the weirdest marriages on record. They stayed together almost thirty years, basically because they only saw each other once or twice a year with her living in Hollywood. But this film with Steve Parker producing it for his wife brought them together for a much longer sojourn.

Montand directs his wife's films and she's known as a good comic actress in the profession. He and her perennial leading man Bob Cummings want to do a serious drama, Madame Butterfly, film the Puccini opera with dubbed in singers.

MacLaine and producer Edward G. Robinson go to Japan, Shirley in secret and for a lark she puts on geisha makeup and outfit. Montand and Cummings are so taken with her that Montand hires the geisha that Shirley is pretending to be as the lead in Madame Butterfly.

The masquerade is kept going, but the joke runs into some unforeseen complications for all concerned.

My Geisha glides effortlessly from comedy to drama when the careers and egos of both MacLaine and Montand are on the line. It works out in a highly unusual way. Both Montand and MacLaine do very well by their lead parts with Bob Cummings portraying a wolfish leading man and Edward G. Robinson to dispense wise counsel for all.

It's a very good part for Shirley MacLaine. She summons some hidden depths for the film in portraying the tragic geisha of Madame Butterfly. It's one of her best films.


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