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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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Taglines:

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 »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

26 September 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,780,000 (estimated)
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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

The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Song, and Best Cinematography (Color), and Best Costume Design (Color). See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1949, but the aircraft that returns Mark to Hong Kong is Pan American World Airways N6535C, named "Clipper Mercury". It was a Douglas DC-6B, which entered service in 1952 and left service in 1961. 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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Connections

Referenced in Better Days Ahead (1989) 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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User Reviews

A tamed Jennifer Jones.
3 February 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Jennifer Jones was at her best when she played rebel characters :unforgettable are Pearl in "Duel in the sun" ,Ruby Gentry in the eponymous movie,Hazel in "gone to earth" .Besides, her Madame Bovary outshines all the other actresses ,be they Valentine Tessier in REnoir's work or Isabelle Huppert in Chabrol's.

"Love is a many-splendored thing",although it has a splendid score,cinematography and competent acting displays a tamed,self-conscious and finally not always completely convincing Jones:neither her or her friend Susan are credible as Eurasians (Susan is blonde ,at that!).When she comes back to her roots (that is to say her Chinese family),we find it hard thinking Jones and them a family unit.

Despite the several reservations expressed,"love is a many-splendored thing" is a good work and an unqualified must for melodrama buffs.The scenes on the hill are very moving.

Actually Jones is closer here to Bernadette -which King also directed- than to her desperate romantic heroines eaten up with passion.


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