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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.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Leonard Spigelgass (play), Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Yiddish | German

Release Date:

3 September 1962 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Mañana viviré See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

His role as Captain Norcross became the final theatrical movie role for Alan Mowbray, ending a movie career of over thirty years. See more »

Goofs

On ocean liner when Mrs. Jacoby is feeling ill, passenger briefly walks by in background, casting flat shadow against what is obviously just a painted backdrop of a lengthy cruise ship deck. See more »

Quotes

Bertha Jacoby: Remember papa's joke? "I'm glad I don't like squash because if I liked it, I'd eat it, and I hate it."
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Connections

References Hercules Unchained (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh My Darling, Clementine
(uncredited)
Attributed to Percy Montrose
Sung by a vocal group on the television
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A lesson in tolerance
23 March 1999 | by Kathy-32See all my reviews

What the world needs now and always is tolerance among people of different faiths. This sweet, charming film is a fine example of this principle. Rent it, buy it, see it. You won't be disappointed.


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