IMDb > Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 11 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.7/10   2,726 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 39% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
John Patrick (screenplay)
Han Suyin (novel)
Contact:
View company contact information for Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
26 September 1955 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The price they pay when they come out of their secret garden and face the world in modern-day Hong Kong - makes this one of the screen's unforgettable experiences! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(20 articles)
Following Anderson's Death, Only Two Gwtw Performers Still Living
 (From Alt Film Guide. 9 April 2014, 7:40 PM, PDT)

Han Suyin obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 6 November 2012, 1:21 PM, PST)

Benedict Cumberbatch Double Dips on The Simpsons
 (From Boomtron. 11 July 2012, 5:16 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Romance relies on ineffable mystery and destiny... See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Mark Elliott

Jennifer Jones ... Dr. Han Suyin
Torin Thatcher ... Humphrey Palmer-Jones
Isobel Elsom ... Adeline Palmer-Jones
Murray Matheson ... Dr. John Keith

Virginia Gregg ... Anne Richards
Richard Loo ... Robert Hung
Soo Yong ... Nora Hung
Philip Ahn ... Third Uncle
Jorja Curtright ... Suzanne
Donna Martell ... Suchen, Suyin's sister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salvador Baguez ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ... Old Loo (uncredited)
Aen-Ling Chow ... Wife (uncredited)
Kei Thin Chung ... Interne (uncredited)
Edward Colmans ... Dining Room Captain (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... British Sailor (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Old Loo (uncredited)
Herbert Heyes ... Father Low (uncredited)

James Hong ... Fifth Brother (uncredited)
Joseph Kim ... General Song (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Wine Steward (uncredited)
Candace Lee ... Oh-No (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Angela Loo ... Mei Loo (uncredited)

Keye Luke ... Lee Foo (uncredited)
Stella Lynn ... Wife (uncredited)
Eleanor Moore ... English Secretary (uncredited)
Harry S. Quan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Beulah Quo ... Third Aunt (uncredited)
Hazel Shon ... Nurse (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ... Third Brother (uncredited)
Leonard Strong ... Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Kam Tong ... Dr. Sen (uncredited)
Marie Tsien ... Rosie Wu (uncredited)
Barbara Jean Wong ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Nurse (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Henry King 
Otto Lang (director: Hong Kong) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Patrick (screenplay)

Han Suyin (novel "A Many-Splendored Thing")

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Jack Stubbs 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Herman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Ray Bomba .... sound editor (uncredited)
Carlton W. Faulkner .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Sam Woodward .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles G. Clarke .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
102 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Japan:G (2013) | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #17475) | West Germany:12 (f)

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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene where Mark and Suyin tell her family that they intend to marry, as the family leaves the room, Suyin's Third Uncle calls her Suchen, which is Suyin's younger sister's name.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Han Suyin:Our gorgeous lie did not even last the night.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Love Is a Many-Splendored ThingSee more »

FAQ

Both the author and the main character in the story are named Han Suyin. Is this story autobiographical?
What is 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing' about?
What exactly is a Eurasian?
See more »
52 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Romance relies on ineffable mystery and destiny..., 24 September 2000

We all want to fall in love... The experience makes us feel completely alive, where every sense is heightened, every emotion is magnified... It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon, but that doesn't reduce its value, because we are left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives...

I love watching people fall in love... It must have something to do with the excellent chemistry between the main characters...

Mark Elliott, a charming sensitive American war correspondent, arrives in Hong Kong at the dawn of the Korean war... He finds in Han Suyin an awesome beauty of true grace...

Han Suyin, a lovely Eurasian doctor is captivated by Mark's tenderness and insight...

It was instant attraction when they first met... The two commence a passionate affair, leading them to fall deeply in love...

Their love is so strong, so wonderfully expressed that highlights Elliot's married status, and the difficulties of the troubled time of the Korean War, communism and race relations...

Holden is an inspired choice for the role... Not only does he have an imposing screen presence, but he brings the perfect mix of enlightenment, compassion and emotion to the part...

Opposite him Oscar Winner Jennifer Jones, perfect in her oriental look, radiantly beautiful in that traditional and modern Asian-inspired Cheongsam... Jones floods her role with personal emotion giving her character a charismatic life of its own... She delivers a heartfelt performance turning her character into a woman who undergoes a spiritual and emotional awakening...

Her scene in that verdant hill where she takes refuge is exquisitely touching specially when we heard Mark's voice whispering: "We have not missed you and I... that many-splendored thing."

Henry King - who has established himself as a masterful director of romances - spreads the theme tune (by Alfred Newman) in the air above the cosmopolitan harbor... His film is colorful, elegant, with excellent cinematography and set design...

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, this beautiful and sensitive motion picture won three: Best Costume Design; Best Music and Best Score...

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (51 total) »

Message Boards

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

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Giant The English Patient The White Countess The Quiet American The Notebook
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Biography section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.