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The World of Suzie Wong

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The World of Suzie Wong

TK
Song Title
Time
Rating
1
Main Title/Suzie Sulks 4:45 StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
2
Suzie Leaves/Mei Ling - Virgin/Hong Kong Streets 5:02 StarStarStarStarStar  
3
Balcony View 1:29 StarStarStarStarStar  
4
At the Namkok 3:11 StarStarStar  
5
Gwenny Lee 3:02 StarStar  
6
Suzie Wong Blues 2:07 StarStarStar  
7
Robert the Artist (outtake)/Suzie's Story/Soiled Kiss 4:08 StarStarStarStarStar  
8
Suzie Wong Mambo 2:27 StarStar  
9
Robert Miffed 0:32 StarStarStarStarStar  
10
Aberdeen Caper 3:08 StarStarStarStarStar  
11
Love Theme from Suzie Wong (outtake) 1:26 StarStarStarStarStar  
12
Suzie Siren 1:29 StarStarStarStarStar  
13
Love Declared 3:21 StarStarStarStarStar  
14 The Ceremonial Robes 1:59 StarStarStarStarStar  
15 Suzie's Baby/Robert's Compassion 4:02 StarStarStarStarStar  
16 Hurt Pride/Ah Tung/Groove for Suzie #1/Robert Searching/More Searching 3:20 StarStarStarStarStar  
17 Groove for Suzie #2 3:08 StarStarStarStarStar  
18 Hong Kong Disater/Temple Yard 3:04 StarStarStarStarStar  
19 End Title 1:48 StarStarStarStarStar  
20 Main Title (album version) 3:57 StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
21 Out of Nowhere (Green-Heyman) (album version) 3:08 StarStarStar  
22 I'm in the Mood for Love (McHugh-Fields) 2:29 StarStar  
23 Spoiled Kiss/Hit the Road to Dreamland (Arlen-Mercer) 3:04 StarStarStarStarStar  
24 Lover (Rodgers-Hart) 0:59 StarStarStar  
25 Out of Nowhere (Green-Heyman) (film version) 1:51 StarStarStar  
26 Sing You Sinners (Coslow-Harling) 1:52 StarStar  
27 Aberdeen Caper Part I 4:19 StarStarStarStarStar  
28 Aberdeen Caper Part II 1;16 StarStarStarStarStar  
29 Chinese Zither #2 0:39 StarStarStar  

 

The World of Suzie Wong

The World of Suzie Wong

TK
Song Title
Time
Rating
Play Sample
1
Main Title
3:59
StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
2
At the Namkok
3:14
StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
3
Gwenny Lee
3:03
StarStarStar Play Sample
4
Suzie Wong Blues
2:09
StarStarStarStar Play Sample
5
Out of Nowhere
3:10
StarStarStar Play Sample
6
I'm in the Mood for Love
2:30
StarStarStar Play Sample
7
Suzie Wong Mambo
2:28
StarStarStar Play Sample
8
Spoiled Kiss/Hit the Road to Dreamland
3:07
StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
9
Aberdeen Caper
3:04
StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
10
Love Declared
3:24
StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
11
Suzie's Baby/Robert's Compassion
4:04
StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
12
Groove for Suzie #2
2:51
StarStarStar Play Sample
13
Hong Kong Disaster/Temple Yard
3:19
StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample
14
End Title
1:45
StarStarStarStarStar Play Sample

Audio CD Release

  • Composer: George Duning
  • Audio CD (November 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA Fs Imports

1960 The World of Suzie Wong - MOVIE TIDBITS

The World of Suzie Wong Poster....The World of Suzie Wong DVD Cover

The World of Suzie Wong (film):

[Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_of_Suzie_Wong_(film)]

The World of Suzie Wong is a 1957 novel written by Richard Mason, which has been adapted into a play, a hit film, and a ballet.

The World of Suzie Wong is a 1960 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Quine. The screenplay by Paul Osborn was adapted from the stage play by John Patrick, which was based on the novel of the same title by Richard Mason.

DVD Release

The film was released on Region 1 DVD on June 29, 2004. It is in anamorphic widescreen format with an audio track and subtitles in English.

  • Originally Released: 1960
  • Actors: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms, Michael Wilding, Jacqui Chan
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rating:
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 126 minutes

The World of Suzie Wong's Plot:

American architect Robert Lomax is an aspiring artist who relocates to Hong Kong for a year to see if he can make a living as a painter. On the Star Ferry en route to Hong Kong Island, he meets Mee Ling, a seemingly proper young woman of lofty social status. She mischievously tries to have him arrested for stealing her purse, but the misunderstanding is resolved and they go their separate ways.

With limited financial resources at his disposal, Robert looks for inexpensive rooming in the infamous Wan Chai district. By chance, he sees Mee Ling leaving a run-down hotel in the district, and he astounds proprietor Ah Tong by renting a room for a month rather than the usual hour or two. Robert quickly discovers the true nature of the establishment. In the bar next door, he is bemused to find Mee Ling again, this time dressed in a slinky red dress and in the company of a sailor. This time, she calls herself Suzie Wong, and she unabashedly admits she really is a prostitute.

The following day, Robert visits a banker to set up an account. The banker's secretary and daughter, Kay O'Neill, immediately is attracted to the newcomer.

Robert asks Suzie to model for him. As they get better acquainted, he learns she was forced into her profession as a means of survival. She begins falling in love with him, but he tries to dissuade her, although he finds her very appealing. Meanwhile, he also is pursued discreetly by Kay. At a dinner party she hosts, Robert meets Ben Marlowe, whom he recognizes as one of Suzie's clients, with his wife.

Ben offers to make Suzie his mistress, and she accepts in order to make Robert jealous. When Ben reconciles with his wife, he asks Robert to break the news to Suzie. She is so hurt by the rejection that Robert finally admits he loves her.

Initially, the two are very happy, but their relationship becomes strained. One day, Robert follows Suzie on one of her periodic disappearances. He finds her visiting her the infant son she has kept hidden from him, and he accepts the child. When his paintings fail to sell, he finds himself facing financial difficulties, and both Kay and Suzie offer to give him money, but his pride will not let him accept. When Robert learns that Suzie has paid his rent, he drives her away in a fit of anger.

Realizing his mistake, Robert searches for Suzie. When he finally finds her, he learns her baby has died in the annual flooding, and the two commit themselves to each other.

Film, TV and Theatrical Adaptations:

The novel was first adapted into a stage production and was first produced in 1958 by David Merrick and starred William Shatner and France Nuyen. Tsai Chin played the title role in the West End 1959 production. The book was later adapted into a hit 1960 film, directed by Richard Quine and starring William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms, and Michael Wilding.

In March 2006 a new dance version by Stephen Jefferies, entitled Suzie Wong, was premiered by the Hong Kong Ballet.

Production and Cast:

France Nuyen, who had played the role of Suzie Wong in the Broadway production opposite William Shatner [1] and was familiar to film audiences from her appearance in South Pacific, originally was signed to reprise the role she had created on stage. After five weeks of location shooting in Hong Kong, the cast and crew - including director Jean Negulesco - moved to London to film exteriors. Nuyen was involved romantically with actor Marlon Brando, and his rumored affair with Barbara Luna was causing her distress. She begin to overeat, and before long was unable to fit in the body-hugging silk cheongsams her character was required to wear. Unwilling to halt production until she could get her weight under control, executive producer Ray Stark replaced her with Nancy Kwan, who was touring the United States and Canada as the understudy to the lead in the road company of the play. Stark had auditioned her for the film but at the time thought she was too inexperienced to handle the lead.

Stark also fired Negulesco and replaced him with Richard Quine. Everyone involved in the completed Hong Kong scenes was required to return to reshoot them with Kawn, and all the unpublished publicity with Nuyen, including an article and photo layout for Esquire, had to be redone.

The film's title song was written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen.

The film premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The World of Suzie Wong: Updated: 10/9/16

Photo
Actor
Played Character
Born
Died
Age in Movie
Age at Death
Years Since Birth
Cause of Death
William Holden
William Holden
Robert Lomax
04/17/1918
11/16/1981
42
63
97
Dead

Blood loss from hitting his head after a fall at his apartment
(Santa Monica)
Nancy Kwan
Nancy Kwan
Suzie Wong
05/19/1939
-
22
-
76
Alive

Alive
Sylvia Sims
Sylvia Sims
Kay O'Neill
01/06/1934
-
26
-
81
Alive

Alive
Michael Wilding
Michael Wilding
Ben Marlowe
07/23/1912
07/08/1979
48
66
103
Dead

Head injuries suffered from a fall down a flight of stairs during an epileptic seizure
Mr. O"Neill
Laurence Naismith
Mr. O'Neill
12/14/1908
06/05/1992
51
83
107
Dead

(Southport, Queensland, Australia)
Andy Ho
Andy Ho
Ah Tong
7/2/1913
1/1992
47
78
102

Dead

London, England, UK

Jacqui_Chan
Jacqueline Chan
Gwennie Lee
-
-
-
-
-


-

Minnie Ho
Yvonne Shima
Minnie Ho
-
-
-
-
-
-
Lier Hwang
Lier Hwang
Wednesday Lu
-
-
-
-
-
-

 

Locations from the Book:

The Nam Kok Hotel featured in the story is based on the Luk Kwok Hotel on Gloucester Road in Wanchai, where Mason stayed, although the building is now more modern, the site having been redeveloped in the 1980s. Also, unlike the hotel in the book, the modern hotel is not a pseudo-brothel but is one of many smaller smart hotels on Hong Kong Island.

Visitors today should travel one or two streets further south to Lockhart Road and Jaffe Road for today's versions of similar establishments to the one in the story. The area is sometimes known as "the Suzie Wong district" today, and over the years, some local nightclubs have used the name "Suzie Wong Club". However the book stresses that Suzie is driven into prostitution by poverty; with better economic opportunities now available to local women, most of today's bargirls in Wanchai are recruited from poorer countries, mainly Thailand and the Philippines.

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China.

See http://gwulo.com/the-world-of-suzie-wong-hong-kong-locations

Critical Receiption:

Bosley Crowther of the New York Times observed that skeptics could assume "that what we have here is a tale so purely idealized in the telling that it wafts into the realm of sheer romance. But the point is that idealization is accomplished so unrestrainedly and with such open reliance upon the impact of elemental clichés that it almost builds up the persuasiveness of real sincerity. Unless you shut your eyes and start thinking, you might almost believe it to be true." He added, "Mr. Patrick's screenplay contrives such a winning yum-yum girl that, even if she is invented, she's a charming little thing to have around . . . And a new girl named Nancy Kwan plays her so blithely and innocently that even the ladies should love her. She and the scenery are the best things in the film."

Variety said, "Holden gives a first-class performance, restrained and sincere. He brings authority and compassion to the role. Kwan is not always perfect in her timing of lines (she has a tendency to anticipate) and appears to lack a full range of depth or warmth, but on the whole she manages a fairly believable portrayal."

Time Out London said because the film is "denied the chance of being honest about its subject, it soon degenerates into euphemistic soap opera, with vague gestures towards bohemianism and lukewarm titillation."

Awards and Nominations:

Nancy Kwan was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama but lost to Greer Garson in Sunrise at Campobello. George Duning was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score but lost to Dimitri Tiomkin for The Alamo.

More Tidbits:

William Shatner

 

William Shatner starred as Robert Lomax on Broadway in "The World of Suzie Wong" in New York City. (54th Street Theatre, 152 W. 54th St. New York, NY). France Nuyen played the part of Suzie Wong.

William Shatner and Frace Nuyen

 

Nancy Kwan

 

Nancy Kwan Website

Official Nancy Kwan website: http://www.nancy-kwan.com/

 

Sylvia Sims

Sylvia Sims Website

Official Sylvia Sims website: http://www.sylviasyms.co.uk/

 

Movie Paintings by Elizabeth Moore

 

Robert Lomax's paintings were actually painted by Elizabeth "Liz" Moore for the movie.
Liz was only 16 when she painted them.

Liz Moore

Liz Moore
Born: 1944;
Died 8/13/76 (age 32) in the Netherlands (Died in a car accident)

http://powderroom.jezebel.com/liz-moore-the-woman-who-shaped-star-wars-and-other-cla-1573282961

http://www.2001italia.it/2013/05/making-starchild-in-2001-tribute-to-liz.html

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The Radiant Star - Ferry Boat to Hong Kong

 

The Raidant Star Ferry

Radiant Star

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

The Star Ferry makes a "star turn" in the 1960 film The World of Suzie Wong. In the beginning of the film, Robert Lomax (played by William Holden) disembarks from the SS President Wilson (an old American President Lines transpacific passenger vessel) and takes the Star Ferry to Hong Kong island, and on the ferry meets Suzie Wong (played by Nancy Kwan), who scorns his attentions. The ferry (Radiant Star) itself is completely recognisable, and the layout of the pier where William Holden debarks in Kowloon is familiar to any denizen of Tsim Sha Tsui, minus the giant shopping malls constructed since the film was shot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Ferry

The boat you see featured in the film was the "Radiant Star" which sadly saw its last trip in 1971 (its first trip was in 1956 - so it was a fairly new boat when the film was made). http://hongkongandmacaufilmstuff.blogspot.com/2011/09/world-of-suzie-wong-william-holden-1960_16.html

 

The Suzie Wong Club

 

A nightclub called "The Suzie Wong Club" is located on Chaoyang Park West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China. http://www.clubsuziewong.com/

The Suzie Wong Club

Suzie Wong Club Website