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My Geisha Details


In this romantic comedy, a popular actress disguises herself as a Japanese geisha to land a part in a film directed by her husband. Shirley MacLaine stars as Lucy Dell, a comic actress married to equally successful director Paul Robaix (Yves Montand). Though Paul has found success creating comic vehicles for Lucy, he wants to expand his range by making a lavish adaptation of Yves Montand on location in Japan, using a local actress as the star. Lucy feels she can play the part just as well as any Japanese woman, and, with the help of the film's producer (Edward G. Robinson), she hatches a plot to prove it. She poses as Yoko Mori, an innocent young geisha on her way to joining a convent, and her husband is immediately determined to cast her. Of course, the masquerade proves more difficult than imagined, and things become especially complicated when Lucy's Hollywood playboy co-star (Robert Cummings) falls in love with her demure Yoko persona. Opting for mild, character-driven humor over farce, My Geisha provides a few knowing jibes at Hollywood and comfortable performances from MacLaine and Montand, but the film's treatment of Japanese culture will likely seem dated to modern audiences. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edith Head Best Color Costume Design 1962 Nominee


Shirley MacLaine
as Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori
Yves Montand
as Paul Farley
Edward G. Robinson
as Sam Lewis
Robert Cummings
as Bob Moore
Yoko Tani
as Kazumi Ito
Tatsuo Saito
as Kenichi Takata
Alex Gerry
as Leonard Lewis
George Furness
as Butler George
Satoko Kuni
as Maid
Tamae Kyokawa
as Amatsu Hisako
Taugendo Maki
as Shiga
Satoko Kuni
as Maid
Tamae Kyokawa
as Amatsu Hisako


Jack Cardiff
Norman Krasna
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Archie Marshek
Arthur Lonergan
Art Director
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Makoto Kikuchi
Art Director
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Harold Lewis
Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
Wally Westmore
Shu Uemura
Frank Westmore