Synopsis: Major Lloyd Gruver, a Korean War flying ace reassigned to Japan, staunchly supports the military's opposition to marriages between American troops and Japanese women. But that's before Gruver experiences a love that challenges his own deeply set prejudices... and plunges him into conflict with the U.S. Air Force and Japan's own cultural taboos.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Joshua Logan
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
147 min

Just like a bird!

How many did you get, sir?

He got two more!

-Gruver got two more!

-Nice going there, sir!

Now let`s try the other lung. Breathe.

Hi, padre.

Two more MlGs today l hear, Lloyd.

Yeah, that`s it. You can put it on.


Well, Ace, you`ve had it.

-Say what?

-You`re through flying, for a while anyway.

No, nothing wrong with me

a little bottle of beer isn`t going to fix up.

Give him a bottle of beer

and send him back out.

Look, now,

just don`t get yourself excited here.

Don`t get pale, Gruver.

l was just giving you a rib.

But you could use some sleep.

Yeah, l could use a little nice Korean sleep.

Better than that.

You`re going to Japan.

-l`m going to Japan? What for?

-Why not?

Wouldn`t you like to tango

with one of those beautiful Japanese dolls?

lf it`s your prescription, Doc,

then l`ll certainly work at it the best l can.

You`re going to Kobe.

Kelly has your orders.

What in the world am l going to do in Kobe?

lt`s a special request

of General Webster himself.

Then this has all been pre-arranged.

Pre-arranged? Demanded.

Why shouldn`t a three-star general

look out for a four-star general`s son?

Now don`t be getting on my back.

l ain`t bucking for favors.

l know you`re not. l was just kidding.

-l`ll see you, Doc. Thanks.

-Could l have a word with you, Gruver?

Yeah, l`ll bet you l know what the word is.

K-E-L-L-Y. ls that true or false?

He`s got permission to go back

and marry that Japanese girl.

l told him he can`t take her

back to the States.

l explained the law in detail myself.

But there`s no law

which says he can`t marry her.

And he`s appealed to his congressman.

-His congressman?

-l wish you`d talk to him.

After all, he is one of your men.

You`re the only human being he looks up to.

Now listen....

l`ll tell you something.

That boy don`t look up to anybody.

He has been promoted four times

and busted right back again.

Yeah, my congressman.

Shocking, ain`t it, Major?

Chaplain says, ``Don`t marry the girl.``

Colonel says, ``Don`t marry the girl.``

You say, ``Don`t marry the girl.``

Congressman says,

``You marry that girl, Kelly.``

What can l do?

l`ll tell you what.

You can go home

and marry your congressman.

You`d be better off.

Give me more coffee.

Yes, sir.

Hear you bagged two more today, Major.


-How was it up there?

lt was splendid.

What`s the matter? What happened?

There was a guy with a face

in one of those planes today.

There was a guy with a face

in all the other seven you shot down.


That`s exactly what l`ve been thinking about.

You can stop thinking.

You got a very well-written contract here.

General Webster`s had you assigned to

the lnter-Service Aviation Board over there.

Which means you`ve got

practically nothing to do...

except, of course,

marry the General`s daughter...

who is arriving in Kobe tomorrow.

You mean, Eileen--

That`s right. General`s wife

and daughter both, from Tulsa.

-Listen, don`t fool me now.

-l`m not fooling, Major.

You`re not supposed to know

anything about it. Big surprise.

-Eileen`s coming to Kobe.


General Webster arranges it for you

to marry his daughter.

My congressman arranges it for me

to marry my girl.

Generals for the officers,

congressmen for the peasants.

Listen, l`m glad you brought that up, boy.

Because l think there`s a little bit

of difference that we ought to talk about.

What do you mean?

Well, now, listen.

l never did show you a picture of my girl,

did l, Kelly?


l`m gonna show you a picture of a girl.

lt happens to be my girl,

but she`s American.

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Paul Osborn

Paul Osborn (September 4, 1901 – May 12, 1988) was an American playwright and screenwriter. Osborn's notable original plays are The Vinegar Tree, Oliver Oliver, and Morning's at Seven and among his several successful adaptations, On Borrowed Time has proved particularly popular. Counted among his best-known screenplays would be the adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden and Wild River for his friend Elia Kazan, South Pacific and Sayonara directed by Joshua Logan, as well as Madame Curie, The Yearling, and Portrait of Jennie. more…

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