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Teahouse Of The August Moon

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Marlon Brando went out on yet another creative limb when he insisted upon playing sly, philosophical Okinawan interpreter Sakima in the 1956 filmization of John Patrick's Broadway play Teahouse of the August Moon. While he occasionally lapses into "flied lice" stereotyping, for the most part Brando is quite effective and amusing, especially when facing up to the difficult task of speaking directly to the audience. The story is set in Okinawa in the months following V-J Day. Paul Ford repeating his Broadway role -...
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Overview

Marlon Brando went out on yet another creative limb when he insisted upon playing sly, philosophical Okinawan interpreter Sakima in the 1956 filmization of John Patrick's Broadway play Teahouse of the August Moon. While he occasionally lapses into "flied lice" stereotyping, for the most part Brando is quite effective and amusing, especially when facing up to the difficult task of speaking directly to the audience. The story is set in Okinawa in the months following V-J Day. Paul Ford repeating his Broadway role - and replacing Louis Calhern, who died at the start of production plays an American colonel in charge of the occupation troops. Determined to bring Western civilization to the Okinawans, the colonel assigns captain Glenn Ford to do his bidding. A habitual screw-up, Captain Ford hopes to make good by organizing the Okinawan women into a social club and by building a schoolhouse. But the villagers would rather erect a teahouse, serviced by pretty geisha girls. The ever-resourceful Sakima Brando does his manipulative best to curry favor with the Americans while still mollifying his own people. Co-starring in Teahouse of the August Moon is Machiko Kyo, leading lady of such Japanese film classics as Rashomon and Gate of Hell.
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Marlon Brando was starting to stretch by 1956, after becoming instantly famous for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. Critical response to his parts in the 1955 musical Guys and Dolls and the 1956 light comedy-drama The Teahouse of the August Moon were all over the map. Brando was already confounding expectations, as he would continue to do for the rest of his career. The Teahouse of the August Moon was adapted by writer John Patrick from his own successful Broadway play. It's a World War II story, in the manner of South Pacific, about American GIs stationed in Okinawa who become enthralled with the local women. Glenn Ford and Eddie Albert also star; the director is Daniel Mann, who would later direct Butterfield 8.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616066534
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Sakini
Glenn Ford Capt. Fisby
Machiko Kyo Lotus Blossom
Eddie Albert Captain McLean
Paul Ford Colonel Purdy
Henry Morgan Sgt. Gregovich
Jun Negami Mr. Seiko
Mitsuko Sawamura Little Girl
Frank Tokunaga Mr. Omura
Raynum K. Tsukamoto Mr. Oshira
Harry Harvey Jr.
Roger McGee
Aya Oyama Daughter on Jeep
Miyoshi Jingu Old Woman on Jeep
Nijiko Kiyokawa Miss Higa Jiga
Louis Calhern
Technical Credits
Daniel Mann Director
John Alton Cinematographer
Saul Chaplin Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Cummings Producer
William Horning Art Director
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Harold Kress Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
John Patrick Screenwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    JUST PLAIN FUN...

    No gratuitous violence, no sex or nudity, no car chases, no slaughtering of innocents. Have a box of tissues to wipe away the tears--OF LAUGHTER! No age limit when it comes to enjoyment.

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