Cinema: The Inscrutable East

Cry for Happy (Columbia) may make American audiences yawn for sleepy. Apparerftly intended as a slapstick Sayonara, this $3,000,000, Eastman-Colored tub of sukiyaki involves a team of Navy combat photographers (Glenn Ford and Donald O'Connor) in a feckless furlough with some geishas (Miiko Taka and Miyoshi Umeki, the heroines of Sayonara).

The photographers get plenty of promising negatives, but further developments are out of the question. Geishas, according to this script, are nice girls—sort of like nuns with cabaret cards. At first the sailors refuse to believe it. He (eagerly): "Do you speak English?" She (icily): "I tried it once." Ultimately, the...

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