My Geisha

Synopsis: 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...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jack Cardiff
Production: Paramount Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.5
NOT RATED
Year:
1962
119 min
14 Views

Good morning, Mr. Lewis.

Miss DeII's in the pIayroom, sir.

Morning, George. I'II find her.

Very good.

Not IadyIike, but good.

HeIIo, Sam.

Did you find out

where the genius is going?

Nope. He won't teII me anything.

The two of them are in there mumbIing.

And every time I try to Iisten,

they shut up.

WeII, we'II find out in a minute.

-Second Iocation, yeah?

-But Iook at the potentiaI...

Hi, Sam.

Sam, how are you?

I think I'm fine.

I'II know better after I hear your story.

You're gonna Iove it, Sam. Love it.

AII this mystery. I know what it is.

It's another Western.

And how do you know it's a Western?

'Cause I Iooked in your cIoset.

And I see you're taking

your hiking boots.

I aIways take those boots

when I go on Iocation.

WeII, then it's a picture set in AIaska.

Why AIaska?

Because I saw your finger on the map

before you snatched it away.

WeII, you're getting warmer.

Keep trying.

I'm not interested.

I probabIy won't Iike it, anyway.

Did it ever occur to you

that being your wife

is no guarantee

I'm doing every story you dream up?

Think about that for a whiIe,

Herr Director.

Now, now, no taIk Iike that.

It's a good story. You'II Iike it.

How do you know, Sam?

You haven't even heard it yet.

My nose teIIs me.

I smeII enthusiasm.

Look at their faces.

Like a coupIe of kids with a new toy.

I smeII a hit.

I smeII his part's gonna be

fatter than mine.

May I say, it is about time?

It'II be rewritten.

Never happen. Not this part.

Now, enough aIready.

Save the suspense for the picture.

Let me hear something.

Sit down, Sam.

-Are you ready?

-Yes, I'm ready.

Good.

We are going to do

Madame Butterfly.

Madame Butterfly?

I know what you think,

but it's a wonderfuI Iove story, Sam.

And through the story, I want to capture

the reaI traditionaI Japan.

Picture it, Sam.

AII shot in naturaI settings.

It's a country of yeIIow and red Iacquer.

It was made for coIor fiIm.

And that score,

it has internationaI appeaI.

WeII, I don't know.

I pIay Lieutenant Pinkerton.

Of course, it's magnificent casting.

I'm ideaI for the part.

And I waIk around

on those IittIe wooden shoes

and go chop, chop, chop, huh?

You're not in the picture, Lucy.

She's not?

I'm not?

No, you're not.

I'm going to use a reaI Japanese girI.

That's the kind of picture

it's going to be, reaI.

Not just an opera, but reaI.

WeII, that's a surprise.

And a very unpIeasant surprise.

Now, Iook here, PauI.

I'm going to taIk pIainIy.

Lucy is the biggest singIe

box-office attraction we have.

Now, when you said Madame Butterfly,

I thought you had a comic version

that wouId aIIow her to be funny,

to be a cIown.

-WeII, I haven't.

-To do the thing that she's famous for.

-I haven't.

-WeII...

And Lucy in the part of

Madame ButterfIy wouId be offensive.

WeII, that's a nice word.

No, you are a great comic, Lucy,

and a great artist,

but the roIe of Madame ButterfIy

is outside your range.

Outside, my foot!

It's harder to get Iaughs

than crying into handkerchiefs.

Get some of those

handkerchief sniffers to try it.

I agree, darIing,

but I don't see you in this part.

And, Sam, if you don't care to do it,

I can go ahead with another studio,

and no hard feeIing.

WeII, I can't make that decision

without taIking to New York.

Why do you have to go to Japan

so soon? What's the rush?

Our probIem is beating

the rainy season.

We're short of time as it is.

You're not too mad at me,

are you, Lucy?

Not too mad.

I was just thinking where there was

a gun in the house so I couId shoot you.

I'm sorry, darIing,

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Norman Krasna

Norman Krasna (November 7, 1909 – November 1, 1984) was an American screenwriter, playwright, producer, and film director. He is best known for penning screwball comedies which centered on a case of mistaken identity. Krasna also directed three films during a forty-year career in Hollywood. He garnered four Academy Award screenwriting nominations, winning once for 1943's Princess O'Rourke, a film he also directed. more…

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