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The World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 1961 (Austria)
A businessman moves to Hong Kong to pursue a career as an artist and falls in love with a prostitute he hires as a model.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Robert Lomax
... Suzie Wong
... Kay O'Neill
... Ben Marlowe
... Gwennie Lee (as Jacqui Chan)
... O'Neill
Yvonne Shima ... Minnie Ho
Andy Ho ... Ah Tong
Lier Hwang ... Wednesday Lu
... Otis
... Mrs. Marlowe
Dervis Ward ... British Sailor
Marian Spencer ... Dinner Guest
... Dancing Sailor
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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. Finding a cheap hotel, he checks in, only to find it's used by prostitutes and their "dates" they meet in the bar downstairs. Since he never picks up any of the ladies, they all want to know more about him. Eventually, he does hire one to model for him... and soon falls in love. However, since he's on a limited budget, he can't afford her exclusively, but doesn't want to "share" her with anyone else. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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You are the first man I ever loved... and the world has only just begun... See more »

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Drama | Romance

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1961 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Die Welt der Suzie Wong  »

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$7,300,000
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Trivia

According to a TMC interview with Stephanie Powers, Nancy Kwan replaced France Nuyen in the title role of Suzie Wong after Nuyen "suffered a sudden case of pregnancy." See more »

Goofs

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.
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Connections

Referenced in The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show (1966) See more »

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The World of Suzie Wong
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
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An unfamiliar slice of life
4 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

When Nancy Kwan turned her beguiling eyes on William Holden in this 1960 [risque for the time] movie I felt weak in the knees. I was 13 and in my little home town of Miles City, Montana I was far removed from the type of life depicted here. The plot though very understandable featured tough realities to depict. Kwan's beauty seemed vibrant, fresh and full of innocense, how could she play a prostitute? [Her spectacular performance kept me spellbound throughout the movie and I knew THEN that girls must be much more complex than my heretofore 13 year old male pysche could imagine.] The obvious age difference between William Holden and Kwan was a hurdle few professional actors and actresses at the time could have so skillfully surmounted, they were superb, they sizzled then they were tender, then they were angry. I count this film in my top-ten ALLtime for these and a number of other reasons.


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