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)
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Joseph Wright; Set Decoration: Howard Bristol||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Russell Metty||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Irene Sharaff||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Alfred Newman, Ken Darby||Nominated|
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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: [singing] A little girl in Chunking, just thirty inches tall, / Decides that she will try to walk and nearly doesn't fall! / A hundred million miracles! / A hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles, a hundred million miracles are happening every day.
Linda Low: [singing] I'm a girl and by me that's only great, I am proud that my silhouette is curvy. / That I walk with a sweet and girlish gait with my hips kind of swively and swirly. / I enjoy being dressed in something frilly when my date comes to get me at my place, / Out I go with my Joe or John or Billy like a filly who is ready for the race. / When I have a brand new hairdo with my eye lashes all in curl, / I float as the clouds on air do, I enjoy being a girl. / When men say I'm cute and funny and my teeth aren't teeth but pearl, / I just lap it out like honey, I enjoy being a girl. / I flip when a fellow sends me flowers, I drool over dresses made of lace, / I talk on the telephone for hours with a pound and a half of cream upon my face. / I'm strictly a female female and my future I hope will be / In the home of a brave and free male who'll enjoy being a guy having a girl like me.
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Lyric of song "Chop Suey" was changed from stage play's "Harry Truman, Truman Capote and Dewey" to "Bobby Darin, Sandra Dee and Dewey." Change was possibly made because by time film was made Truman administration was a decade in the past, but, just as likely, because producer Ross Hunter had Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin under contract and they were "hotter", more recognizable names. (Dated reference to 1944 presidential candidate Thomas Dewey presumably stuck because there simply weren't many other unused words that rhymed with "Suey".)
This was the only film version of a Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical not released by 20th Century-Fox. (The 70mm Todd-AO version of Oklahoma! had been released by RKO, but the 35mm Cinemascope version was released by 20th Century-Fox.) Flower Drum Song was produced and released by Universal-International.
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