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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.


Henry King, Otto Lang (uncredited)


John Patrick (screenplay), Han Suyin (novel)
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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 ... Nora Hung
Philip Ahn ... Third Uncle
Jorja Curtright ... Suzanne
Donna Martell ... Suchen, Suyin's sister


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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She was Han Suyin, the fascinating Eurasian. He was Mark Elliot, American correspondent... In each other's arms... they found a love that defied 5000 years of tradition! See more »


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For his beach scene with Jennifer Jones, William Holden shaved the hair from his chest in order to get the "clean-cut" look supposedly favored by female moviegoers. See more »


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 »


Mark Elliott: [as he arrives to collect her for their date] You're wearing European clothes.
Dr. Han Suyin: It is the European side of me that is having dinner with you.
Mark Elliott: I don't suppose you'd go back in and change?
Dr. Han Suyin: I certainly would not.
Mark Elliott: I loved that dress you had on the other day.
Dr. Han Suyin: I'll make you a present of it.
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Referenced in The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Day of the Dot (1993) See more »


Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Sammy Fain
Performed by Chorus
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A love story for adults...
10 September 2001 | by angilee-1See all my reviews

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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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

26 September 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,780,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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