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Flower Drum Song Overview:

Flower Drum Song (1961) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Henry Koster and produced by Ross Hunter and Joseph Fields.

Flower Drum Song was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2008.

Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Joseph Wright; Set Decoration: Howard BristolNominated
Best CinematographyRussell MettyNominated
Best Costume DesignIrene SharaffNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred Newman, Ken DarbyNominated
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Musical Monday: Flower Drum Song (1961)

on May 18, 2020 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Flower Drum Song (1961) ? M... Read full article


Flower Drum Song (1961)

By Beatrice on Apr 19, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Flower Drum Song Directed by Henry Koster Written by Joseph Fields from a musical play by Fields and Oscar Hammerstein III and a novel by C.Y. Lee 1961/USA Universal International Pictures/Fields Productions/Hunter-Fields Repeat viewing/Netflix rental This?stood up well to fond memories from my m... Read full article


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Mei Li: Oh yes, I like it. Especially I like.


Wang Ta: Here, they're not really married until they seal it with a kiss.
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'Sammy' Fong: Baby, you remember the new convertible you've been drooling over? Well it's yours.
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Miyoshi Umeki was nominated for the 1959 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "Flower Drum Song" and recreated her role in the movie version.
The original Broadway production of "Flower Drum Song" opened at the Saint James Theater on December 1, 1958, ran for 600 performances and was nominated for the 1959 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Musical. Miyoshi Umeki and Juanita Hall reprise their stage roles in the movie. Jack Soo was in the original stage production in a different role.
Miyoshi Umeki, while appearing to be very demure, was known for her sense of humor. When asked what the Japanese word for money was she replied "loot."
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Released 1961
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