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The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)

In 1856, the first U.S. Consul General to Japan encounters the hostility of the local authorities and the love of a young geisha.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Charles Grayson (screenplay), Ellis St. Joseph (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Townsend Harris
Eiko Ando ... Okichi
Sam Jaffe ... Henry Heusken
Sô Yamamura ... Governor Tamura
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Storyline

Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country. Harris discovers enormous hostility to foreigners, as well as the love of a young geisha. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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JOHN WAYNE on a forbidden and terrifying adventure See more »


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

30 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Barbarian See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

There is an untrue rumor that there were fisticuffs between John Wayne and John Huston during the shoot. True, they didn't see eye-to-eye on the production, and Wayne at one point yelled for all to hear, "Huston can't direct a damn story without his father or Bogart in it!" But the director was not around to hear that. It's also very unlikely that Wayne would challenge Huston, who was an experienced boxer, and had a well-publicized brawl with fellow boxer and actor, Errol Flynn. Like that incident, had Wayne and Huston gotten into a brawl, it would have been choice fodder for gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. See more »

Goofs

In 1856 there was 31 States in the US, the last being California in 1850. The flag shown in the movie had 5 rows of 7 stars, indicating 35 States. See more »

Quotes

Henry Heusken: My hat!
Townsend Harris: Well, let him have it, Henry. It doesn't fit you anyway.
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Featured in Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001) See more »

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Interesting, if not entirely successful
27 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Barbarian and the Geisha was an interesting film. It isn't entirely successful, but I can say that both star John Wayne and director John Huston have done much worse.

The Barbarian and the Geisha does have its problems. The story is occasionally a little melodramatic, with the interracial love story not developed as well as it could have been, while the film could have done at a much tighter pace. The script also has its good points, but also some stilted and overly pompous moments too, while John Wayne is a little out-of-place and awkward in the lead. However, the film is spectacularly photographed, has a good score and has a very interesting subject matter that is presented well. The film is well-directed by Huston and Eiko Ando is beguiling and charming.

Overall, a decent film, could have been better but it wasn't as bad as I was led to believe. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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