Marlon Brando was starting to stretch by 1956, after becoming instantly famous for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. Critical response to his parts in the 1955 musical Guys and Dolls and the 1956 light comedy-drama The Teahouse of the August Moon were all over the map. Brando was already confounding expectations, as he would continue to do for the rest of his career. The Teahouse of the August Moon was adapted by writer John Patrick from his own successful Broadway play. It's a World War II story, in the manner of South Pacific, about American GIs stationed in Okinawa who become enthralled with the local women. Glenn Ford and Eddie Albert also star; the director is Daniel Mann, who would later direct Butterfield 8.