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A Majority of One (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Drama | 3 September 1962 (Romania)
A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness, and forgiveness.


Mervyn LeRoy


Leonard Spigelgass (play), Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Bertha Jacoby
Alec Guinness ... Koichi Asano
Ray Danton ... Jerry Black
Madlyn Rhue ... Alice Black
Mae Questel ... Essie Rubin (as Mae Questal)
Marc Marno Marc Marno ... Eddie
Gary Vinson ... Mr. McMillan
Sharon Hugueny ... Bride
Frank Wilcox ... Noah Putnam
Francis De Sales ... American Embassy Representative
Harriet E. MacGibbon ... Lily Putnam (as Harriet MacGibbon)
Yuki Shimoda ... Mr. Asano's Secretary
Alan Mowbray ... Captain Norcross


Widowed Bertha Jacoby has led a relatively sheltered, monocultural existence in the same predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood for most of her adult life, and as such has fairly traditional Jewish values. She is taken aback not only when her son-in-law Jerry Black announces that he and Bertha's daughter Alice Black are moving to Tokyo on Jerry's next diplomatic corps assignment, but that they want her to move there with them so that she won't be all alone. Despite her anti-Japanese sentiments, David, her only son, having been killed in World War II in the Pacific Theater, Bertha reluctantly agrees. They will fly from New York City to San Francisco, and sail from there. Against the odds, Bertha befriends on board the ship Koichi Asano, a wealthy widowed Japanese businessman with whom Jerry and the American contingent will be entering into sensitive negotiations. Jerry and Alice are wary of Bertha and Mr. Asano's friendship, not only because of the cultural differences, but because... Written by Huggo

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The heart-warmingest picture under the rising sun! The happiest pairing of stars in many-a-moon! See more »


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English | Japanese | Yiddish | German

Release Date:

3 September 1962 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Mañana viviré See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie depicts the passage to Japan from San Francisco on the ship S.S. President Hoover. There was such an ocean liner with that name plying the Pacific routes, however it ran aground off Taiwan in December, 1937, and was so damaged, it was scrapped in place. At the time it was built in 1930, it was the largest commercial ship in the U.S. See more »


In a Movie with Transcontinental Jets when Mrs Jacoby returns to her Brooklyn apartment they show a street scene in front with a car passing but then behind the car there is a Horse drawn wagon. Horse drawn wagons in 1960s Brooklyn? I don't think so. See more »


Essie Rubin: Take a walk around Nostrand Avenue and you'll see. That element is moving in. The place is full of them.
Jerry Black: What element Mrs. Rubin?
Essie Rubin: You know what I have reference to: colored, puerto rican...
Jerry Black: Really, I seem to remember that in this very neighborhood year ago, they didn't allow Jews
Essie Rubin: What does one got to do with the other?
Jerry Black: Everything. Mrs. Rubin, the only way to stop prejudice is to stop it in yourself
Essie Rubin: But honestly, it's not a question of prejudice, I just don't like to live with them.
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Referenced in Chico and the Man: A Minority of One (1977) See more »


I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Played as Jerry and Alice are sitting on deck talking when Mrs. Jacoby and then Mr. Asano join them
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Essential viewing for all Alec Guinness fans
30 October 2004 | by srikantSee all my reviews

Alec Guinness acts as an elderly, influential Japanese businessman in this romance / comedy / drama set in the background of the aftermath of World War II .

When you see this film, you will, not for a minute, imagine that Mr. Koichi Asano (played by Alec Guinness ) is anything other than Japanese - so complete is the effort put in by this great actor.

Superb acting from both Alec Guinness and Rosalind Russell and a unique background of Japanese culture make this a very memorable movie.

A 'must' for all Alec Guinness fans !

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