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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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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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Wang Ta: This is not China. This is a different world. And here a man has the right to choose his own wife.
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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.
Jack Soo's first film.
The character of Helen (Reiko Sato)is not given a resolution to her storyline in the film. In the original novel she commits suicide, but Rodgers and Hammerstein felt the ending was too depressing for such a strong character.
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Flower Drum Song

Released 1961
Inducted 2008
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