Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1955) starring William Holden, Jennifer Jones
Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Newsman Mark Elliott is an American war correspondent in Hong Kong, separated from his wife. During the closing days of the Chinese Civil War, he meets and pursues a beautiful Eurasian doctor, the widow of a Nationalist general. But when they begin to fall in love, their friends and her Chinese family pressure them to stop the cross-cultural relationship
One of Hollywood’s great epic romances Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), based on the bestselling autobiographical novel by Han Suyin, stars Jennifer Jones as a reserved Eurasian doctor working in the exotic conflict-ridden Hong Kong of the post-World War II era. There she meets a dashing (if married) war correspondent resplendently played by William Holden; the two embark on a whirlwind romance buffeted by problems of race politics and war.
Directed by the sturdy Henry King the film features superb cinematography by Leon Shamroy, with extraordinary location footage shot by Charles Clarke, and an unforgettable score by the great Alfred Newman built on one of the most popular title songs of the 1950s written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster.
Cast of characters
- William Holden (Miss Grant Takes Richmond,Sabrina) … Mark Elliott
- Jennifer Jones (Portrait of Jennie) … Dr. Han Suyin
- Torin Thatcher (7th Voyage of Sinbad) … Humphrey Palmer-Jones
- Isobel Elsom (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) … Adeline Palmer-Jones
- Murray Matheson … Dr. John Keith
- Virginia Gregg (Two on a Guillotine, I’ll Cry Tomorrow) … Anne Richards
- Richard Loo (West of Shanghai) … Robert Hung
- Soo Yong … Nora Hung
- Philip Ahn … Third Uncle
- Jorja Curtright … Suzanne
- Donna Martell (Project Moonbase) … Suchen, Suyin’s sister