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A Majority of One

Leonard Spigelgass' brew of schmaltz and sukiyaki is an outstanding film. Rosalind Russell and Alec Guinness play the parts created on Broadway by Gertrude Berg and Cedric Hardwicke. Russell's Yiddish hex-cent, though at times it sounds like what it is - a Christian imitating a Jew - is close enough to the genuine article. Guinness becomes Japanese through physical suggestion and masterful elocution.

Leonard Spigelgass’ brew of schmaltz and sukiyaki is an outstanding film. Rosalind Russell and Alec Guinness play the parts created on Broadway by Gertrude Berg and Cedric Hardwicke. Russell’s Yiddish hex-cent, though at times it sounds like what it is – a Christian imitating a Jew – is close enough to the genuine article. Guinness becomes Japanese through physical suggestion and masterful elocution.

Madlyn Rhue and Ray Danton play Russell’s daughter and son-in-law, latter the diplomat whose assignment to Japan paves the way for the unusual romance between middle-class Brooklyn widow and wealthy, influential Tokyo widower. The characters limned by Rhue and Danton are somewhat devoid of vigor, but the performances are sound.

A Majority of One

  • Production: Warner. Director Mervyn LeRoy; Producer Mervyn LeRoy; Screenplay Leonard Spigelgass; Camera Harry Stradling Sr; Editor Philip W. Anderson; Music Max Steiner; Art Director John Beckman
  • Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 156 MIN.
  • With: Rosalind Russell Alec Guinness Ray Danton Madlyn Rhue Mae Questel Marc Marno