A Majority of One

Live and learn, the saying goes. Japanese businessman and widower Koichi Asano and Brooklyn widow Bertha Jacoby are at an age where they've done a lot of living and learning. Now, with a bit of luck, love may reenter their lives.
A Majority of One
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 18, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1961
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 5


User Ratings: 240
Rating: 1/5 -- Quite painful to behold. Full Review
Radio Times
Jan 8, 2018
Rating: 3/5 -- Danton and Rhue are good in nonsympathetic parts, and the whole film is amiable enough, but at a shade over two and a-half hours, it is far too long. Full Review
TV Guide
Jan 8, 2018
Rating: C+ -- Though well intentioned in message, Mervyn LeRoy's version of the popular stage play is overacted by Rosalind Russell as the Jewish widow and miscast with Alec Guinness as the Japanese businessman Full Review
Mar 23, 2012
A wholly acceptable, truly heartwarming and entertaining affair despite its exotic ingredients. Full Review
New York Times
Sep 26, 2005
An outstanding film. Full Review
Oct 18, 2008

Description by OLDIES.com:

Live and learn, the saying goes. Japanese businessman and widower Koichi Asano (Alec Guinness) and Brooklyn widow Bertha Jacoby (Rosalind Russell) are at an age when they've done a lot of living and learning. Now, with a bit of luck, love may reenter their lives - if they learn again the lessons of tolerance, forgiveness, kindness and devotion.

Russell and Guinness play unlikely romantics in this touching comedy based on the Broadway hit and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Russell thought the role of Bertha was a radical departure for her. But she seized the challenge - and won the fourth of her five Best Actress Golden Globe? Awards. "In so many films, my comedy was brittle and came from the lips," Russell said. "Here the humor stems from the heart - and Mrs. Jacoby's heart is as big as the world."

Product Description:

Rosalind Russell plays Mrs. Jacoby, a Jewish widow living in Brooklyn whose only son has been killed in World War II by the Japanese. Her daughter, Alice (Madlyn Rhue), is married to businessman Jerome (Ray Danton), and the couple convinces the reluctant widow to join them on a trip to Japan. On the boat trip Mrs. Jacoby meets Koichi Asano (Alec Guinness), a Japanese businessman who like herself has lost family members in the war. In spite of these grave personal losses, Asano and Jacoby develop a romantic attachment to each other. But Asano is one of the men who with whom Jerome is conducting business, and Jerome believes Asano is feigning interest in his mother to achieve business aims. This popular Broadway play weaves both comedic and dramatic elements to question whether individuals can overcome the mutual suspenses and prejudices that war wounds have left upon their souls.

Plot Synopsis:

A Japanese businessman and a widower find love in the autumn of life in this heartwarming movie based on the Broadway play by Leonard Spigelgass.


Production Notes:

  • Rosalind Russell won her fourth Golden Globe for Best Actress for this performance.
  • Alec Guinness worked hard to play a Japanese man, spending time studying Japanese culture.
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  • Sales Rank: 22,822
  • UPC: 883316199619
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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