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The Geisha Boy
The Geisha Boy
is a 1958 American comedy film starring Jerry Lewis, distributed by Paramount Pictures. Filmed from June 16 to August 7, 1958, it had its first screening in New York City on December 19, 1958.[3][4] This film marked the film debut of Suzanne Pleshette.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production

3.1 Background 3.2 Locations 3.3 Popular culture references

4 Home media 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Gilbert "The Great" Wooley (Jerry Lewis) is a down-on-his-luck magician who has been invited to entertain GIs in Japan. However, even before his flight from Los Angeles
Los Angeles
has taken off the ground, he unwittingly -- and with some participation of his pet, friend and co-star in the act, Harry the rabbit -- incurs the wrath of the show's headliner, actress Lola Livingston (Marie McDonald), with a series of unfortunate accidents. Upon their arrival, as he tries to apologize to Lola, he causes her more embarrassment by tearing up her dress, knocking her down the gangway, and rolling her up in the red carpet to cover up her lack of proper attire. An orphan, Mitsuo Watanabe (Robert Hirano), who attends the reception in the company of his aunt Kimi Sikita (Nobu McCarthy), an interpreter for the United Service Organizations, or USO, witnesses the spectacle and laughs for the first time since his parents died. When Kimi brings the boy to Gilbert to thank him, he and the boy become close. This, however, irritates the aunt's boyfriend Ichiyama (Ryuzo Demura), a Japanese baseball player; and his subsequent chase of Wooley, which culminates with Ichiyama's fall into a bathhouse pool that floods the street outside, almost motivates the furious USO commander Major Ridgley (Barton MacLane) to revoke Wooley's entertainment-service status. Wooley's USO liaison Sergeant Pearson (Suzanne Pleshette), who has fallen for him, is able to reverse that decision -- though it is under the condition that Wooley perform for the American troops at the Korean frontlines. However, she becomes jealous of Gilbert's growing relationship with Kimi. In time, Gilbert, Mitsuo, and Mitsuo's family become inseparable, but Wooley's failure as a troop entertainer makes Ridgley remand him back to the United States. Not wanting to disappoint Mitsuo by letting him find out that he has been a total flop, Gilbert tries to sneak away when it is time for him to return. Mitsuo follows him, and Gilbert is forced to pretend that he no longer cares for the boy, which makes him cry. However, Mitsuo still follows him to America by stowing away on the plane. Once in America, they are reunited, but Gilbert is accused of kidnapping Mitsuo, who is then returned to Japan. Wooley follows in the same way that Mitsuo did, but is "smarter" by hiding in a specially marked trunk. However, when the airliner lands, he cannot get out of the trunk, and the Sikitas have to rescue him from it. Wooley decides to stay and become a successful performer of magic in Japan. The film ends with Harry the rabbit giving birth to a litter in mid-performance, as Gilbert hollers in shock and disbelief, "Hey, you're not a Harry; you're a Harriet!" Cast[edit]

Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
as Gilbert Wooley Marie McDonald
Marie McDonald
as Lola Livingston Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa
as Mr. Sikita Barton MacLane
Barton MacLane
as Major Ridgley Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette
as Sergeant Pearson Nobu McCarthy as Kimi Sikita Robert Hirano as Mitsuo Watanabe Ryuzo Demura as Ichiyama The Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Dodgers as Themselves

Production[edit] Background[edit] Lewis had worked as an usher for Suzanne Pleshette's father Gene at the Paramount Theater. When she auditioned, Lewis phoned Gene in disbelief.[5][6][7][8][9] Locations[edit] UCLA's Humanities Building serves as the USO headquarters in Japan; its eastern steps is where Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
speaks to little Japanese boy Mitsuo and Mitsuo's guardian. Popular culture references[edit]

At one point in the film, Mitsuo and Wooley look at Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji
in the distance. When the arc of stars as seen in the logo for Paramount Pictures (producers of the film) flashes momentarily, Wooley does a shocked double-take. Sessue Hayakawa, playing Mitsuo's grandfather, reenacts a scene that he performed in the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai. His workers are building a small bridge in his garden that greatly resembles the one in that film and whistling the familiar Colonel Bogey March. When Lewis stares in wonder at Hayakawa and the bridge he is building in his backyard, Hayakawa acknowledges that others have mistaken him for "the actor" and then says, "I was building bridges long before he was." This is followed by a brief clip of Alec Guinness from the film. The key players of the 1958 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Dodgers (the team's first season in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
after leaving Brooklyn) are seen in an exhibition game against a Japanese professional team. Lewis names the players as he watches the games and is upset when the Japanese fans won't cheer his favorite team. At the end of the movie, Lewis enacts the Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
outro, complete with its closing tune and line, "That's all, folks!"

Home media[edit] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 14, 2012.[10] See also[edit]

List of American films of 1958


^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take," Variety, 6 January 1960, p. 34. ^ Box office information for film at Box Office Story ^ http://ia600305.us.archive.org/BookReader/BookReaderImages.php?zip=/17/items/motionpicturedai84unse_0/motionpicturedai84unse_0_jp2.zip&file=motionpicturedai84unse_0_jp2/motionpicturedai84unse_0_0392.jp2&scale=4&rotate=0 ^ Motion Picture Daily (Oct-Dec 1958 ^ FoundationINTERVIEWS (12 July 2012). " Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette
Interview Part 1 of 5 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG" – via YouTube.  ^ FoundationINTERVIEWS (12 July 2012). " Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette
Interview Part 2 of 5 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG" – via YouTube.  ^ FoundationINTERVIEWS (12 July 2012). " Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette
Interview Part 3 of 5 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG" – via YouTube.  ^ FoundationINTERVIEWS (12 July 2012). " Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette
Interview Part 4 of 5 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG" – via YouTube.  ^ FoundationINTERVIEWS (12 July 2012). " Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette
Interview Part 5 of 5 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG" – via YouTube.  ^ https://www.amazon.com/Geisha-Boy-Jerry-Lewis/dp/B006A8XFIK/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_text_b

External links[edit]

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