Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

Sylvia Sidney
Director: Marion Gering Cast: Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
, Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
Marion Gering


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This adaptation of the Puccini opera jettisons all the music and retains only David Belasco's timeworn libretto. American actress Sylvia Sidney plays Japanese maiden Cio-Cio San, while Cary Grant is the dashing American navy lieutenant Pinkerton. The girl and the officer have a brief affair, resulting in a child. Cio-Cio San blissfully awaits the return of Pinkerton, who arrives back in Japan with his American wife in tow. The heartbroken Japanese girl bids farewell to her callous lover, then commits hara-kiri. The absence of Puccini's brilliant music makes the plot contrivances of Madame Butterfly seem creakier than ever, though Sylvia Sidney--in real life a New York Jewish girl-- is moderately convincing as the Oriental heroine.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2016
UPC: 0025192384417
Original Release: 1932
Source: Universal
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 9,540

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Sidney Cho-Cho San
Cary Grant Lt. B.F. Pinkerton
Charlie Ruggles Lt. Barton
Sandor Kallay Goro
Irving Pichel Yomadori
Helen Jerome Eddy Cho-Cho's mother
Edmund Breese Cho-Cho's grandfather
Judith Vosselli Madame Goro
Louise Carter Suzuki
Dorothy Libaire Peach Blossom
Sheila Terry Mrs. Pinkerton
Phlip Horomato Trouble
Berton Churchill American Consul
Wallis Clark Cmdr. Anderson

Technical Credits
Marion Gering Director
Dave Abel Cinematographer
W. Franke Harling Score Composer
Josephine Lovett Screenwriter
Joseph Moncure March Screenwriter
B.P. Schulberg Producer

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