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Director:
Writers:
John Patrick (screenplay)
Han Suyin (novel)
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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 »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(21 articles)
Love According to 21st Century Movies
 (From HeyUGuys. 27 July 2014, 4:00 AM, PDT)

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)

User Reviews:
A love story for adults... 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)

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)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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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)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: During the scene with Mark and Suyin in the airplane: after they land and the announcement says they can remove their seat belts, both actors do as they are supposed to and release their belts. Then Mark stands up but you can clearly see through the aircraft window that the scenery still shows them in a taxi movement.See more »
Quotes:
Mark Elliott:Are we going swimming?
Dr. Han Suyin:Mark, going out with you once was harmless enough. I don't want my seeing you to be awkward. Hong Kong has a peculiar code and malice is a pleasant pastime for women with nothing to do.
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FAQ

Is 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing' based on a book?
Both the author and the main character in the story are named Han Suyin. Is this story autobiographical?
Was this movie related to the TV soap opera of the same title?
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34 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
A love story for adults..., 10 September 2001
Author: Angela Lee (angilee-1) from Southern California

I just watched this film for the first time as an adult. I still have tears in my eyes. I wish they made movies like this now, without all the crass "sex stuff", that seems to be required all too often. Obviously, Jennifer Jones and William Holden (perfect casting) have great passion, but they have true to the mark tenderness. My favorite line is "The greatest strength is gentleness", and William Holden portrays an intelligent, gentleman. He and Jones looked fantastic in their swimsuits, and when she asked him to bring her a cigarrette behind the rocks, I thought for sure they were going to have a torrid make out scene. (Or at least torrid by 1955 standards.) But no, she makes him wait! Also, a woman physician, who is Eurasian, was quite an idea back then. This movie was way ahead of it's time in many respects. I intend to get it on DVD, so it will last forever, just like their love!

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