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Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly(1932)

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Brief Synopsis

Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton is on shore-leave in Japan. He and his buddy Lieutenant Barton, out for a night on the town, stop in at a local establishment to check out the food, drink and girls, 'uh, and girls' to quote Lt. Barton. Pinkerton spies Cho-Cho San and immediately falls in lust. Barton counsels Pinkerton that he can 'marry' this beautiful Japanese girl, enjoy himself with cultural approval, then sail happily on back to America unshackled, since abandonment equates divorce in Japan. Barton assures Pinkerton that once abandoned, Cho-Cho will be free to marry whomever she chooses from amongst the Japanese people. When Pinkerton's ship sails out of port, Butterfly waits patiently for her husband to come home. Three years pass. Ever with her eye toward the harbor, Butterfly holds a secret delight that she eagerly wishes to surprise her husband with: their son. Pinkerton arrives in Japan with his American bride by his side. He goes to Butterfly to make his apologies and to finally end what Butterfly for three years has cherished in her heart.

Cast & Crew

Marion Gering Director
Sylvia Sidney Cho-cho San
Cary Grant Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton
Charlie Ruggles Lieutenant Barton
Irving Pichel Yamadori
Helen Jerome Eddy Cho-cho San's mother
Edmund Breese Cho-cho San's grandfather
Sheila Terry Adelaide
Dorothy Libaire Peach Blossom
Berton Churchill Mr. Sharpless

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York premiere: 23 Dec 1932
Release Date:  1932 Production Date:  A. B. P. Schulberg Production
none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Paramount Productions, Inc.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Paramount Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  85-86 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  10    

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