The Geisha Boy

The Geisha Boy

Jerry Lewis
Director: Frank Tashlin Cast: Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
, Marie McDonald
Marie McDonald
, Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa
Frank Tashlin


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Jerry Lewis, plays a third-rate USO magician named Gilbert Woolley, working the Far East circuit with his pet rabbit Harry. Nearly fired for accidentally humiliating haughty movie star Marie McDonald, Gilbert's career is salvaged by kindly Japanese aristocrat Sessue Hayakawa; it seems that Gilbert is the only person who is able to make Sessue's lonely, orphaned nephew Robert Hirano laugh. An international incident nearly develops when hero-worshipping Hirano tries to follow Gilbert back to the US, whereupon the poor prestidigitator is accused of being a kidnaper. Like most of the Jerry Lewis/Frank Tashlin collaborations, The Geisha Boy is highlighted by several eye-popping sight-gag sequences. The best bits include a ballpark scene featuring several members of the 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers (notably Gil Hodges) and a sledgehammer-subtle "throwaway" concerning Sessue Hayakawa's previous appearance in Bridge on the River Kwai. Less successful are the maudlin scenes between Jerry Lewis and little Robert Hirano, with both performers ladling on pathos with a trowel. Oh, yes: Geisha Boy served as the film debut of Suzanne Pleshette.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2012
UPC: 0887090034807
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 15,267

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Gilbert Wooley
Marie McDonald Lois Livingston
Sessue Hayakawa Mr. Sikita
Barton MacLane Maj. Ridgley
Suzanne Pleshette Pvt. Betty Pearson
Nobu McCarthy Kimi Sikita
Robert Hirano Mitsuo Watanabe
Ryuzo Demura Ichiyama
Harry Hare Himself
L.A. Dodgers Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Haskell Boggs Cinematographer
Sam Comer Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Jerry Lewis Producer
Alma Macrorie Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Scharf Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Geisha Boy
1. Opening [9:55]
2. Air U.S.O [16:38]
3. Welcome To Japan [9:31]
4. Big & Jealous [15:46]
5. Off To Korea [12:12]
6. Sight Seeing [12:08]
7. Returning Home [13:12]
8. Back To Japan [8:30]

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