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Director:
Writers:
Paul Osborn (adaptation)
Richard Mason (novel)
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Release Date:
1961 (Austria) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You are the first man I ever loved... and the world has only just begun...
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
This is a "guy" romance, and it is oh, so romantic! See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Robert Lomax

Nancy Kwan ... Suzie Wong

Sylvia Syms ... Kay O'Neill

Michael Wilding ... Ben Marlowe
Jacqueline Chan ... Gwennie Lee (as Jacqui Chan)
Laurence Naismith ... O'Neill
Yvonne Shima ... Minnie Ho
Andy Ho ... Ah Tong
Lier Hwang ... Wednesday Lu

Bernard Cribbins ... Otis

Edwina Carroll ... Mrs. Marlowe
Dervis Ward ... British Sailor
Marian Spencer ... Dinner Guest
Lionel Blair ... Dancing Sailor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ronald Eng ... Waiter (uncredited)
Calvin Hsia ... Suzie's Baby (uncredited)
David Langton ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Shan Lawrence ... Girl (uncredited)
Robert Lee ... Barman (uncredited)
Anthony Parker ... American Sailor (uncredited)
Toke Townley ... Waiter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Paul Osborn (adaptation)

Richard Mason (novel)

John Patrick (screenplay)

Produced by
Hugh Perceval .... producer
Ray Stark .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
 
Art Direction by
John Box 
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
Bill Griffiths .... hairdressing
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
George Partleton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
R.L.M. Davidson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
Gus Angus .... third assistant director (uncredited)
David Bracknell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Syd Cain .... assistant art director (as Sydney Cain)
Liz Moore .... paintings (as Elizabeth Moore)
Roy Rossotti .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... sound editor
Gerry Turner .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as Ces Cooney)
Peter Hazel .... clapper (uncredited)
Dennis C. Lewiston .... camera focus (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Joe Powell .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Valerie Leslie .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Reg Owen .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Joshua Logan .... original stage director
David Merrick .... original stage producer
Pat Moon .... production secretary (uncredited)
Maggie Shipway .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
126 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (certificate #19621) | West Germany:16 (original rating)
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Trivia:
In the opening scenes as the Kowloon Ferry heads toward Hong Kong, navy ship St. Clair County (LST-1096)can be seen anchored in the harbor.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Robert Lomax (Holden) begins to strip the European clothes off Suzy Wong (Kwan), her hair is piled smartly up under her cap and can be seen to remain that way. However, when Lomax goes to pull the cap off her head, Suzy's long tresses are fully down and covering her back.See more »
Quotes:
Robert Lomax:If I were a prizefighter, and I kept getting my brains knocked out, I'd be foolish if I didn't quit.See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
This is a "guy" romance, and it is oh, so romantic!, 27 May 2003
Author: (jmikew797@cox.net) from Omaha, NE

Today there are many "chick flicks." The World of Suzie Wong is the quintessential "romance for guys."

There are two parallel themes in this film: 1) the "Pygmalion" theme, which was old when George Bernard Shaw's play first appeared in 1913. Pygmalion, in classical legend, was the king of Cyprus who fell in love with his own sculpture. Hence the theme of beginning with a raw material (in this case a woman of no great position or education) and to some degree transforming her into she whom you might adore.

Some may object to this theme carrying racist overtones, but in my view the reverse is true. The very fact that in this type of romantic union the protagonists are of unequal social position means that the man is attracted to the woman because of her human qualities, not because of any advantage she can provide to him in terms of social status or wealth. In fact, a man who loves such a woman is often looked down upon socially, which is present in this story. The object of Robert Lomax's love is Susie Wong for who she is as a woman and how she makes him feel, and he gladly, even cynically disregards the disparagements of those who do not approve.

2) Theme number two is the enchantment of the East. This is magic stuff for those so smitten, and once smitten, these is no cure. In this way, this wonderful story (novel and film) is understated. It is barely believable that Lomax's attraction to Suzie would start from nothing and grow so slowly to compelling strength. This mixture of desire and fascination is more likely to stormily seize a man's heart, but "Robert meets Suzie-falls crazy in love-marries Suzie" would make for a ten-minute film, and that just wouldn't do, would it?

It's also an interesting commentary on the film makers of the fifties that when they wanted to tell the story of interracial romance they had to attenuate the effect. Both Nancy Kwan and France Nguyen (in South Pacific) were of mixed parentage.

When a guy with Quixotic romantic notions (which Lomax clearly has, or he would not be in Hong Kong trying to paint professionally) beholds the lovlieness of a Nancy Kwan in those subtle, but oh, so sexy silk dresses (cheongsam in Cantonese, Qipao [shee pow] in Mandarin), he sees a vision of feminine loveliness he thought could only exist in the Platonic realm of the form. He sees perfection. He is enchanted. There is no cure save to have this woman for his own or death. This enchantment your humble correspondent knows first-hand, and therefore connects deeply with Robert and Suzie.

The World of Suzie Wong is so very romantic, and the themes explored here are enduring. I love the novel -- I love the film. I can't imagine anyone but William Holden playing Lomax. This role belongs to he.

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