Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1955)




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Set in Hong Kong during the Korean War, Henry King's drama is an account of the romance between an American journalist (William Holden) and a Eurasian doctor (Jennifer Jones).
Classics , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Jennifer Jones
as Han Suyin
William Holden
as Mark Elliott
Isobel Elsom
as Adeline Palmer-Jones
Torin Thatcher
as Mr. Palmer-Jones
Virginia Gregg
as Ann Richards
Richard Loo
as Robert Hung
Soo Yong
as Nora Hung
Philip Ahn
as 3rd Uncle
Donna Martell
as Suchen
Candace Lee
as Oh-No
Kam Tong
as Dr. Sen
James Hong
as 5th Brother
Herbert Heyes
as Father Low
Angela Loo
as Mei Loo
Marie Tsien
as Rosie Wu
Hazel Shon
as Nurse
Jean Wong
as Nurse
Lai Kei Chung
as Interne
Henry S. Quan
as Officer
Ashley Cowan
as British Sailor
Marc Krah
as Wine Steward
Joseph Kim
as Gen. Song
Salvador Basquez
as Hotel Manager
Edward Colmans
as Dining Room Captain
Leonard Strong
as Fortune Teller
Irene Liu
as Wife
Beulah Quo
as Aunt
Howard Soo Hoo
as 2nd Brother
Walter Soo Hoo
as 3rd Brother
Keye Luke
as Elder Brother
Lee Tung Foo
as Old Loo
John W.T. Chang
as Gatekeeper
Weaver Levy
as Soldier
Eleanor Moore
as English Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

The film is the quintessence of a certain kind of 50s schlock.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's an unusual picture shot against authentic Hong Kong backgrounds and offbeat in its treatment, yet as simple and moving a love story as has come along in many a moon.

Full Review… | July 8, 2008
Top Critic

With an impotent screen play, it is no wonder that Mr. Holden and Miss Jones find themselves going around in narrowing circles, talking endlessly and holding hands.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

East meets West for some lush tripe based on a novel by Han Suyin, who had company in disliking it.

February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Holden and Jones are so good together that it's easy to forget they did not get along behind the scenes. ... Still, they punch across the sweeping passion of this visually dynamic CinemaScope production.

Full Review… | August 24, 2013
Creative Loafing

Slushy but touching stuff and Jennifer Jones is full of charm.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

You may take offense to Jennifer Jones trying to pass off as an Asian lady but this is the type of romantic tale that you don't mind spending an afternoon with. You have to be in the right mood of course. William Holden remains the actor that doesn't get the full credit that he deserves.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


When I saw this come up on TV, I decided to watch it because of the song. The movie is worth watching to see the '50s Hong Kong views and to see one view of how racism is treated in that era. But the plot of the movie is pretty simplistic - man meets woman - who fall in love despite different risks and backgrounds. It was nominated for Academy awards in 1956 - won for the music.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Love really is a many splendored thing, but you wouldn't know it by seeing this movie. Jones plays a woman doctor who's part Chinese and falls in love with an American guy, but she keep stressing over the fact that she's part Chinese as if that should keep them apart somehow, I mean no one can tell she's part Chinese so who cares? This movie got on my nerves.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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