A Majority of One

Editors' review

December 6, 2016

Download A Majority of One

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Yours, Mine and Ours

Comedy | Family

Director: Melville Shavelson

Stars: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson

I Remember Mama

Drama | Family

Director: George Stevens

Stars: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Drama | Family

Director: Roy Rowland

Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, James Craig

The Secret Garden

Drama | Family

Director: Fred M. Wilcox

Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall, Dean Stockwell

Please Don't Eat the Daisies

Comedy | Family | Romance

Director: Charles Walters

Stars: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige





Widowed Bertha Jacoby has led a relatively sheltered, monocultural existence in the same predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood for most of her adult life, and as such has fairly traditional Jewish values. She is taken aback not only when her son-in-law Jerry Black announces that he and Bertha's daughter Alice Black are moving to Tokyo on Jerry's next diplomatic corps assignment, but that they want her to move there with them so that she won't be all alone. Despite her anti-Japanese sentiments - David, her only son, having been killed in WWII in the Pacific Theater - Bertha reluctantly agrees. They will fly from New York to San Francisco, and sail from there. Against the odds, Bertha befriends on board the ship Koichi Asano, a wealthy widowed Japanese businessman with who Jerry and the American contingent will be entering into sensitive negotiations. Jerry and Alice are wary of Bertha and Mr. Asano's friendship, not only because of the cultural differences but because they believe... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's even funnier than the play! See more »


Release Date:

3 September 1962 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Mañana viviré See more »

Company Credits

Technical Specs


156 min

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1 See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The play "A Majority of One" by Leonard Spigelgass opened at the Shubert Theater in New York on February 16, 1959 and ran for 556 performances. Tsuruko Kobayashi and Mae Questel recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. Leonard Spigelgass wrote the play and adapted his work for the screenplay. See more »


On ocean liner when Mrs. Jacoby is feeling ill, passenger briefly walks by in background, casting flat shadow against what is obviously just a painted backdrop of a lengthy cruise ship deck. See more »


Koichi Asano: The hardest word in the English language is "rorripop"
Koichi Asano: .
See more »


References Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959) See more »


I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Played as Jerry and Alice are sitting on deck talking when Mrs. Jacoby and then Mr. Asano join them
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

Contribute to This Page