Flower Drum Song (1961)
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as Linda Low
as Wang Ta
as Mei Li
as Auntie/Madame Liang
as Sammy Fong
as Wang Chi-Yang
as Helen Chao
as Wang San
as Dr. Li
as Frankie Wing
as Madame Fong
as Dr. Chon
as Dr. Fong
as Holdup Man
as San's Girl Friend
as TV Heroine
as TV Sheriff
as Great White Hunter
as Mexican Girl
as Bank Manager
as Square Dance Caller
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Critic Reviews for Flower Drum Song
Though not one of Oscar and Hammerstein best works, this Oscar-nominated musical about culture clash merits a viewing.
Lesser of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals has some good songs, performances.
Somehow, they wreck Rogers and Hammerstein, although R&H didn't do all that well with the original musical.
Enjoyable, old-fashioned stage-to-screen musical.
Audience Reviews for Flower Drum Song
Plenty of great songs. My favorite is probably "Love Look Away," and it's tough to beat the appeal of a young Nancy Kwan in her absolute prime. Amazing to see Miyoshi Umeki in a romantic lead as well. I will miss her.
So, I found a Rogers & Hammerstein musical I hadn't seen...now I know why...just an ok musical. The story was good...a Chinese woman and her father come to San Francisco to marry her off, by the traditionally "arranged marriage" way. Mioshi Umeki, who was the first Asian to win an Oscar (for Sayonara) but I remember her mostly as Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie's Father series, was so cute and perfect as the little Chinese woman. I love musicals and I thought most of the musical numbers kinda sucked...that's what made this just ok for me...but it did have other aspects that kept my interest.
on the one hand, the music was incredibly weak and gave almost no enhancement to the story. on the other hand, the story was strong and interesting enough that it didn't really need musical enhancement. I guess I would describe this movie not as a good or bad musical, but as a light-hearted social dramedy where people randomly break into song. in that respect, it's a little unusual, but it's not too bad. R&H were definitely out of their element on this one.
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