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A Many Splendored Thing...
I agree with Jeff that there are good reasons why TCM would show this film again in prime time. I plan to ignore the naysayers, and watch Love is a Many Splendored Thing on September 19, 2017. Yes, there is one reviewer in particular who rarely has a good thing to say about any film. Wonder why he sticks around? Just to throw stones?
Jennifer Jones as a Chinese?
Six years before Love is a Many Splendored Thing (LIAMST), a movie was released called We Were Strangers (1949) in which Jennifer Jones played a lady named China Valdes because she looked Chinese. I just discovered that yesterday (9/12/2017)! Check out TCM schedule!Jennifer Jones as a Chinese ? - not so far-fetched! I always knew Miss Jones was a fine actress - she can play just about anyone!
William Holden in Hong Kong
The actor William Holden made several movies set in Hong Kong. In the 1950s and 60s, he visited the island a few times and became friendly with the local moguls (movie moguls and others including the father of Nancy Kwan), as well as the reporters.Once, a reporter asked him the whereabouts of his wife who had accompanied him, he said:'Hey, what do you know about women? She is at the hairdressers!'His wife at the time was the beautiful Brenda Marshall (Ardis).Brenda Marshall starred with Errol Flynn in the Sea Hawk beforeshe retired after marrying Holden.The point is, Holden appeared quite happy working and visiting Hong Kong, probably laughing all the way to the bank.Only a total idiot would be depressed that he was making 'trash' and blame his agent!?
Jennifer Jones as a Chinese?
"Jennifer Jones as a Chinese? HA!"I can understand if these words come from someone whose only contact with the Chinese occurs when he/she goes to the grocery store in the Chinatown of San Francisco or LA, if he/she ever goes there.Ha!
'lowest common denominator'
'lowest common denominator that can't tell the difference between quality and crap'.Some people cannot tell that they themselves are one of those 'lowest common denominator'.
Jennifer Jones as a Chinese?
Another comment about 'Jennifer Jones as a Chinese?'No, it is not silly or far-fetched.I lived in Hong Kong and I knew many Asians did not think it ridiculous for Jennifer Jones to play an Eurasianor a Chinese. Slim, with dark hair, dark eyes, features that conform with Chinese standard of beauty, Miss Jones can play a Chinese lady believably.Moreover, Jennifer Jones is/was a damn good actress.Remember that she played a French peasant girl in Song of Bernardette ?Other memorable roles of hers include those in Duel in the Sun (Half Caucasian, half Indian), Portrait of Jenny, Love Letters and Since You Went Away and others.Needless to say, I admire her and am a fan.Now, another dark-haired beauty, Jane Russell, won't be able to play an Eurasian, I don't believe.
Just a comment on Austin's remark about Jennifer Jones not being a good choice for a Eurasian: one of my best friends had a Caucasian father and Japanese mother, and she has totally Caucasian features. I thought Jennifer Jones was a good choice for the role.
Agree with George's girl
Based on a true story, this film reminds us of the tragedy and heartbreak of the too-young dying in war and the lives it shattered. I've watched it more than once and have been moved by the story. Maybe it's too emotional for some of the men who rated it negatively. I agree with the reviewer who said William Holden in a swimsuit is worth the price of admission - well said! Excellent film. I give it 4 stars.
Liked this movie more than I thought I would
- Deborah Mortellaro
I thought this movie would be just another corny romance, although I certainly like my share of those, but it really was much more. Based on a true story, it was beautifully filmed, with superb acting by Jennifer Jones and William Holden and a good supporting cast. I am glad that I took the time to watch it because it was well worth it.
response to previous review
- kevin sellers
Thanks for the plug, Jeff, although I doubt whether most people who go on this site will bother to look at either of us. Guess we'll see.
Showing in prime time again
- Jeff Boston
Sunday, 5-21-2017 at 8:00 pm. There are several good reasons why TCM, the premier presenter of classic films in the entire world, would show this film again in prime time, and this year on a weekend night. Ignore the naysayers, especially one reviewer in particular whom rarely has a good thing to say about any film.
love is a many etc
- kevin sellers
Really depressing to see a great actor like Holden in corny trash like this. Did he need the money or did the guy have a momentary lapse in sanity? Or maybe it was his agent. Yeah, let's blame his agent.
Jennifer Jones as a Chinese? HA!The movie is so corny, stupid, and insulting.Truly for the lowest common denominator that can't tell the difference between quality and crap.
Love is a many splendored thing
- albert forsyth
I was serving with the RAF in Hong Kong whilst this film was being made, and was priviledged to see a couple of scenes being shot. When the film came out I went to see it and was very taken with the performance of Jennifer jones who is beautiful even more so in the flesh, William Holden was a gentleman and seemed very down to earth.
easy on the eyes
- el debbo
The sweeping aerial view of 1949 Hong Kong, the gorgeous mansion where Jones & Holden meet at an afternoon cocktail party, the two stars at the peak of their beauty... this is a visually-absorbing movie from the get-go. With Lyle Wheeler, Walter Scott, and Charles LeMaire on board, you know it will be a feast for the eyes. The Old Guard hangs on by their talons, the Brits in their palatial eyries, as life as they know it falls away. I loved panning in on this fascinating era, but the second time I watched it, I did so without the sound. Too many platitudes like "Darling, whatever happens, always remember, nothing is fair nor unfair under heaven." It's still delicious to watch and I'm glad to have seen it. As Holden said to Jones, "We have not missed, you and I... we have not missed that many-splendored thing." Poetic, yes. Stunning, definitely.
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Jennifer Jones is stunning, and I love her wardrobe. Representing the controlled Chinese Culture. She still looked sexy. Love her and Bill Holden together. Sweetness between them and still sexy...you KNEW that they were being discreet and she had a devil may care attitude after he told her his wife wouldn't give him a divorce afterall. She was very strong and yet...she was always hopeful in her heart. Love the Hong Kong backdrop of the 1950's and the set decorations and scenery were sentimental to me. Love this movie...it translates to real life for some people. Who love so deeply, knowing that it will end tragically. Wow.
Love this movie
- GEORGE'S GIRL
Of course I love this movie. this love story, the photography and music.But guys, I gotta tell you that seeing William Holden in a bathing suit is well worth the price of admission....those great legs and perfect man-butt his adorable smile and dimples.....whewwww!! He was a great work of art and a darn good actor.
Awesome anti-Communism message
- Jeff Boston
I watched "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing" for the first time last night because of William Holden (#1 movie star of the fifities), for I admire his acting in the many great films of which I've seen him as the protagonist. This movie has a few antagonists, with none greater than the ideology of Communism. The priest has a good line ("You'll be shot"), as does Jones' character ("You see truth, but I think it is an illusion"). The anti-collectivism that is sprinkled throughout this Oscar nominated film concludes well with the Holden character's narration of what separates the foundation of the West with the wrecking ball of Marxism: "God has been good to us."
Love is a Many- splendored Thing
- Dashiell Barnes
"Love is a Many- splendored Thing" is an effective romantic film that clashes with cultural traditions. The music score adds more effect to the film just as the sensitive performances of Holden & Jones. Had a few dull moments, but a well- rounded romance. I give it a 4/5.
Bill Holden and Jennifer Jones are lovely together
I like this film a lot, but the concepts contained therein are somewhat dated. The word "Eurasian" isn't used any more, nor is there any negative connotation with someone being either Asian or part Asian nor someone who is not Asian being involved romantically with someone who is part or all Asian. Also, nowadays, if someone who is married falls in love with someone else, it's not scandalous if it is handled with integrity and there is no lying or blatant unfaithfulness involved. Today we recognize that married people sometimes fall in love with someone else, and that is not sinful in and of itself. Issues arise with how it is handled. That said, Bill Holden is a wonderful leading man and Jennifer Jones is beautiful. Hong Kong of the 1950's is also fascinating. This picture is worth seeing. Music is outstanding as well.
Jennifer Jones and Bill Holden Superb
- David Atkins
Bill Holden was the perfect movie leading man,( Holden's co stars a who's who of Hollywood: Barbara Stanwyck, Kim Novak, Susan Hayward, Lucille Ball, Judy Holiday, Grace Kelly, and his great love Audrey Hepburn et al) and what movies he made: Golden Boy, Sunset Blvd, Country Girl, Picnic, Born Yesterday, Bridges At Toko Ri, The Bridge On The River Kwai, Network, Suzie Wong, and this great love story from 20th Century Fox Love Is A Many Splendored Thing. Jennifer Jones is superb as the Eurasian Doctor and was nominated for her 5th Oscar. Beautifully directed by Henry King (who had directed Jennifer in Song of Bernadette)This film was a huge hit and its theme song popular even today. A Must see and the ending is beautiful.
- Jim MacLellan
This movie is exquisitely beautiful on so many levels.I would rank it amongst the top ten.It is rather unfortunate that many of the historic Hong Kong buildings have been demolished.
Thank You for showing this beautiful love story.
- Lorraine C
Thank You TCM for showing this beautiful love story. Beautiful, sensitive, tender performances from William Holden and Jennifer Jones. The literate screenplay reads like poetry. Beautiful location scenery of 1950`s Hong Kong. Beautiful music score by Alfred Newman. Lorraine C.
I wanted to like this film.
It's the second time I've tried to sit through it. I love a good love story. I love tear jerkers. But I found it incredibly boring. Loved the music. Love the actors. Gorgeous cinematography. It was the dialogue. The script. It lacked a poetry, a wisdom, a passion. I believe those their lyrical goals. But they failed. Miserably.I wanted to like this film.