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An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.
Chinese stowaway Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco with her father to meet her fiancé, wealthy nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo), in an arranged marriage, but the groom has his eye on his star singer Linda Low (Nancy Kwan). This film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical is filled with memorable song-and-dance numbers showcasing the contrast between Mei Li's traditional family and her growing fascination with American culture.Written by
In adapting the stage show to the screen, writer Joseph Fields improved the flow of the story-line by juxtaposing the placement of several musical numbers in the story-line. "You Are Beautiful," which opened the show on stage as a duet between Wang Ta and Madam Liang, was moved to a more climactic moment in the film's second half wherein Wang Ta realizes he loves Mei Li. "The Other Generation" and its reprise, both originally in the show's second act, were melded into one number and placed earlier in the film. Finally, "Don't Marry Me," also originally in Act I, was transitioned to serve as the eleven o'clock number on screen. This juggling of musical numbers' running order was also used to similar effect by screenwriter Ernest Lehman in the screen versions of West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965). See more »
When Linda is talking to Wang Ta on the telephone in her apartment, she says she lives on Jefferson Street. Later she says her apartment is on Grant Avenue. See more »
For a musical, it actually makes some good points...
I am from San Francisco, and while not of Asian descent, I am familiar with the cultural difficulties of "East vs West" -- and every time I see this movie, I am impressed with how this is handled. Ok, granted, it's a fluff-and-sparkle R&H songfest, and not one of their best or most famous, but it does have some good commentary - as when the younger brother pops in and out with his completely modern slang...with the more common "generation gap" themes running rampant at this time (early 60's), it's even more interesting...and, as I say, I lived in SF very near Chinatown - it "feels" right, even tho it's an entirely fake set. Don't dismiss it out of hand - it's no "Joy Luck Club" or "Double Happiness" but it's not bad, either.
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