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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

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:

Henry King, Otto Lang (uncredited)

Writers:

John Patrick (screenplay), Han Suyin (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Soo Yong ... Nora Hung
Philip Ahn ... Third Uncle
Jorja Curtright ... Suzanne
Donna Martell ... Suchen, Suyin's sister
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Storyline

In Hong Kong in 1949, Mark Elliott is an American reporter covering the Chinese civil war. Undergoing a trial separation from his wife, he meets the beautiful Dr. Han Suyin, a widowed physician from mainland China. As the pair fall in love, they encounter disapproval from both her family and his friends about their interracial romance. Although the film was a commercial success upon release, the casting of Jones in an Asian role has since been criticized. Written by Jwelch5742

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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 »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

26 September 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle Herrlichkeit auf Erden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,780,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Jones reportedly complained incessantly. Among other topics, she felt that her makeup made her look old. This might explain why the "yellowface" prosthetics (to make her eyes seem Asian) vary from shot to shot. Sometimes they're very obvious, and other times she seems not to be wearing them at all. See more »

Goofs

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

Third Uncle: We shall now have tea and speak of absurdities.
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Connections

Spin-off Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Sammy Fain
Performed by Chorus
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Sentimental romance
9 March 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

This movie will likely be too sentimental for many viewers, especially contemporary audiences. Nevertheless I enjoyed this film thanks mostly to the down-to-earth charm of William Holden, one of my favorite stars, and the dazzling beauty of Jennifer Jones. There are some truly heartwarming scenes between the pair and the talent of these two actors rescues what in lesser hands could've been trite lines. The cinematography of Hong Kong from the period of filming is another highlight of this movie. All in all, a better than average romantic drama, 7/10.


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