My Geisha (1962)

My Geisha (1962)





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A Japanese stage production of "Madame Butterfly" is the setting for the romantic comedy My Geisha. A stage director (Yves Montand) is duped by his actress-wife (Shirley MacLaine) when she poses as a Japanese geisha girl to secure a part in the play.
Classics , Comedy
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Paramount Pictures


Shirley MacLaine
as Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori
Robert Cummings
as Bob Moore
Yoko Tani
as Kazumi
Tatsuo Saito
as Kenichi Takata
Tamae Kyokawa
as Amatsu Hisako
Alex Gerry
as Leonard Lewis
Kazue Kaneko
as Geisha
Mayumi Momose
as Geisha
Junko Aoki
as Geisha
Nariko Muramatsu
as Head Waitress
Akiko Tsuda
as Head Waitress
Marion Furness
as Bob's Girl Friend
George Furness
as Butler George
Robert Cummings
as Bob Moore
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Critic Reviews for My Geisha

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Audience Reviews for My Geisha

A perfectly charming, yet highly implausible comedy of errors in which Shirley Maclaine stars as a high profile comic actress whose director husband decides not to cast her in his latest pic, an adaptation of Madame Butterfly set entirely on location in Japan. Master of blatantly obvious disguise, Maclaine, conspires with the film's producer and masquerades as Yoko Mori, who is an actual geisha and not Shirley in geisha get up complete with mildly racist accent. It kind of loses momentum halfway through, Montand is a charisma vacuum and Cummings shouts his way through the film. Maclaine is fine though. It just needed to be a touch more farcical with a better supporting cast. Sweet ending with a great closing line.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby

Satisfactory comedy is put over by a cute Shirley MacLaine performance and that old pro Edward G. Robinson. Bob Cummings has his moments as an egotistical star although the thought of him as a major romantic idol is a bit of a stretch. The major flaw as it always is in any film in which he appeared is that cinematic black hole Yves Montand. At least in his English language films he is so devoid of personality and charisma that he stops the picture dead in it's tracks whenever he is on screen. Also the fact that his character doesn't recognize his wife in geisha makeup when she looks exactly like Shirley MacLaine in a black wig and heavy makeup make him seem like a nitwit.

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