My Geisha

My Geisha



In this romantic comedy, a popular actress disguises herself as a Japanese geisha to land a part in a film directed by her husband. Shirley MacLaine stars as Lucy Dell, a comic actress married to equally successful director Paul Robaix (Yves Montand). Though Paul has found success creating comic vehicles for Lucy, he wants to expand his range by making a lavish adaptation of Madame Butterfly on location in Japan, using a local actress as the star. Lucy feels she can play the part just as well as any Japanese woman, and, with the help of the film's producer (Edward G. Robinson), she hatches a plot to prove it. She poses as Yoko Mori, an innocent young geisha on her way to joining a convent, and her husband is immediately determined to cast her. Of course, the masquerade proves more difficult than imagined, and things become especially complicated when Lucy's Hollywood playboy co-star (Robert Cummings) falls in love with her demure Yoko persona. Opting for mild, character-driven humor over farce, My Geisha provides a few knowing jibes at Hollywood and comfortable performances from MacLaine and Montand, but the film's treatment of Japanese culture will likely seem dated to modern audiences.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2013
UPC: 0883316755167
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount (Pmt)
Time: 1:59:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley MacLaine Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori
Yves Montand Paul Farley
Edward G. Robinson Sam Lewis
Robert Cummings Bob Moore
Yoko Tani Kazumi Ito
Tatsuo Saito Kenichi Takata
Alex Gerry Leonard Lewis
Ichi Hayakawa Kaida
George Furness Butler George
Marion Furness Bob's Girl Friend
Satoko Kuni Maid
Tamae Kyokawa Amatsu Hisako
Taugendo Maki Shiga

Technical Credits
Jack Cardiff Director
Harry Caplan Production Manager
Charles Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Makoto Kikuchi Art Director
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Archie Marshek Editor
Steve Parker Producer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Shu Uemura Makeup
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Frank Westmore Makeup
Wally Westmore Makeup

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