MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,072 this week

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 2,916 users  
Reviews: 51 user | 27 critic

A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 09 Apr 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 18 Jun 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 11 Jul 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 24 Feb 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 13 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.
Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Robert Lomax tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting. Finding a cheap hotel he checks in, only to find it's used by ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms
Picnic (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards, Joan Fontaine
Love Letters (1945)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Allen Quinton writes a fellow soldier's love letters; tragedy results. Later, Allen meets a beautiful amnesiac who fears postmen...

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

American girls dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita tells her replacement at the USDA. But Maria soon meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters
Dear Wife (1949)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Thanks to political activist teen Miriam, her brother-in-law and father find themselves rival candidates for state senator.

Director: Richard Haydn
Stars: William Holden, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well.

Director: Nunnally Johnson
Stars: Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

Directors: King Vidor, Otto Brower, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A sort of sequel to the 1955 movie, "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" first involved Mia Elliot, a Korean immigrant who fell in love with Paul Bradley and Dr. Jim Abbott. These interracial ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Wade, Robert Burr, Leslie Charleson
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Jennifer Jones, John Gielgud, Bill Travers
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Torin Thatcher ...
Humphrey Palmer-Jones
Isobel Elsom ...
Adeline Palmer-Jones
Murray Matheson ...
Dr. John Keith
...
Anne Richards
Richard Loo ...
Robert Hung
Soo Yong ...
Nora Hung
Philip Ahn ...
Third Uncle
Jorja Curtright ...
Suzanne
Donna Martell ...
Suchen, Suyin's sister
Edit

Storyline

Newsman Mark Elliott is an American war correspondent in Hong Kong, separated from his wife. During the closing days of the Chinese Civil War, he meets and pursues a beautiful Eurasian doctor, the widow of a Nationalist general. But when they begin to fall in love, their friends and her Chinese family pressure them to stop the cross-cultural relationship. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

5000 years of tradition swept aside in thrilling moments of enchanted love! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

26 September 1955 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Alle Herrlichkeit auf Erden  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jennifer Jones, who was married to studio mogul David O. Selznick at the time of filming, complained constantly during the production, often yelling, "I'm going to tell David about this!" After complaining about William Holden, the two stars barely spoke to each other on the set. Finally, Holden tried to make peace, offering Jones a bouquet of white roses. She tossed them back in his face. See more »

Goofs

When Mark is at war writing and a butterfly lands on his typewriter, the close-up of the page clearly shows he was writing to inform her that her "twenty-third letter has arrived". In a scene not long after, the letter has reached her and as she reads, his voice-over differs, saying her "eighth and ninth letters have arrived". A line about his bottom hurting from bouncing around in jeeps matches both letters. See more »

Quotes

Third Uncle: We shall now have tea and speak of absurdities.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Love Is a Many Strangled Thing (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Sammy Fain
Performed by Chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

High on Their Windy Hill
17 February 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the book The Films of William Holden, the author says the film does not wear well and its popularity is due to the hit title song from the film that you could not get away from hearing in 1955. How well I re- member, though I was only eight years old back then. I disagree, the film is a tremendous romance for those who like that and the location photography in Hong Kong is fabulous.

A few things struck me. Since Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr had their famous romantic swimming scene in From Here to Eternity, I think that Harry Cohn was trying to one up Darryl Zanuck with having Bill Holden and Jennifer Jones do the same.

I also think and I could cite other film examples from 20th Century Fox that Zanuck acquired the film rights for the original novel with Tyrone Power in mind for the male lead. Holden is fine in the part, but try and picture Power in it. Not to mention the fact that Power's favorite director Henry King is at the helm.

But it is true that the song is the real star of the film. It really carries the romantic plot along. One of the great examples of the right music making a good film.

Ironically both the stars dealt with a lot of heartache in their lives. Holden with his alcoholism and Jones with the various marriages and deaths of people close to her. But when you see them high on that windy hill in Hong Kong they are a pair of the most romantic lovers ever filmed.

RIP Bill Holden and Jennifer I hope that you're doing well in your retirement and nothing but good things happen for you from now on.


33 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The swim-up pop-in mrs_m_norris
Feelings are a many unsure thing dmnemaine
Was this originally in Black + White? micronicos
No Close Ups? miz bell
dvd in chinese smithonsamui
stilted/unnatural dialg standard for a 'weepy' in 1950s? Rheli
Discuss Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?