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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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Richard Quine

Writers:

Paul Osborn (adaptation), Richard Mason (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Robert Lomax
Nancy Kwan ... Suzie Wong
Sylvia Syms ... Kay O'Neill
Michael Wilding ... Ben Marlowe
Jacqueline Chan ... Gwennie Lee (as Jacqui Chan)
Laurence Naismith ... O'Neill
Yvonne Shima Yvonne Shima ... Minnie Ho
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Ah Tong
Lier Hwang Lier Hwang ... Wednesday Lu
Bernard Cribbins ... Otis
Edwina Carroll ... Mrs. Marlowe
Dervis Ward Dervis Ward ... British Sailor
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Dinner Guest
Lionel Blair ... Dancing Sailor
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

1961 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Welt der Suzie Wong See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,300,000
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Production Co:

World Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As an former student of the Royal Ballet School in London, a 20-year-old Nancy Kwan was discovered by producer Ray Stark after the coveted role of Suzie Wong was up for grabs when French-Vietnamese actress France Nuyen suffered a bout of chronic laryngitis. See more »

Goofs

Lobert Romax's hotel suite (Borehamwood studio) faces the building across the street, but when he walks a few steps up to the outside patio (Hong Kong location) - he is thirty feet above it. 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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Referenced in Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) See more »

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Lover
Written by Richard Rodgers
[Played when Lomax knocks sailor down steps.]
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Most Romantic Film from Hollywood or Anywhere
3 September 2003 | by HeragSee all my reviews

If there was one beautiful face on the screen that mesmerized me in 1960--it was Nancy Kwan as Suzie Wong in "The World of Suzie Wong". Forty five years later, I bought the DVD and I treasure this movie as much as I did in 1960. This was the time when Stars were Stars and beauty was not skin deep. Nancy Kwan stole the scenes from her "Permeanent boy friend, Lobert!" (Chinese version of Robert!). William Holden who was at the peak of his career at that time gave a subtle but memorable perf. There is more romance in this movie than "Casablanca" and "Sound of Music" combined. The location is beautifully captured, with background music embellishing the landscape. This was produced by Ray Stark and masterfully directed by Richard Quine. This was when Hollywood was the glamor capitol of the world and artistry and talent took higher billing. This movie is an attestation to the fact, that-you make good movies, people will see them no matter what, when and where. The movie was a visual treat, with an old fashioned romance and an innate beauty that the newer movies will never capture. "To who it may concern," Why can't Hollywood make more movie's like this?-"For Goodness Sake"!!!.


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