FILM: A Majority of One (1961)
DIRECTOR: Mervyn LeRoy
PLOT LOGLINE: An elderly Jewish widow meets a Japanese widower on a steamboat to Japan and the two fall in love despite their differences. But complications arise that puts their relationship to the test.
Leonard Spigelgass adapted his own hit Broadway play for the silver screen with Mister Roberts director Mervyn LeRoy at the helm. The film opens in the small Brooklyn apartment of Bertha Jacoby (Rosalind Russell), a recently widowed Jewish matriarch, who is awaiting a visit from her daughter Alice (Madlyn Rhue) and diplomat son-in-law Jerry (Ray Danton). Keeping Mrs. Jacoby company is her friend and neighbor, Essie Rubin (Mae Questal).
Alice and Jerry arrive, only to immediately get in an argument with Mrs. Rubin when she explains that she is considering moving out of Brooklyn because “that element is moving in” meaning “the colored and Puerto Ricans”. The young couple are shocked by Mrs. Rubin’s casual racism to which she replies, “It’s not a question of prejudice. I just don’t like to live with them.”