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THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG

30 May

The World of Suzie Wong is a 1957 novel by Richard Mason. The main characters are Robert Lomax, a young British artist living in Hong Kong, and Suzie Wong, the title character, a Chinese woman who works as a prostitute. The novel has been adapted into a play, spawned two unofficial sequels, a film and a ballet.
Plot

Robert Lomax is a young Englishman who, after completing his National Service, goes to work on a plantation in British Malaya. During his time in Malaya, Lomax decides to pursue a new career as an artist for a year.

Lomax visits Hong Kong in search of inspiration for his paintings. He checks into the Nam Kok Hotel, not realizing at first that it is a brothel catering mainly to British and American sailors. However, this only makes the hotel more charming in Lomax’s eyes, and a better source of subject matter for his paintings.

Lomax quickly befriends most of the hotel’s bargirls, but is fascinated by the archetypal “hooker with a heart of gold”, Suzie Wong. Wong previously introduced herself to him as Wong Mee-ling, a rich virgin whose father owns four houses and more cars than she can count, and who later pretends not to recognize him at the hotel. Lomax had originally decided that he would not have sex with any of the bargirls at the hotel because he lacks the funds to pay for their services. However, it soon emerges that Suzie Wong is interested in him not as a customer but as a serious love interest. Although Wong becomes the kept woman of two other men, and Robert Lomax briefly becomes attracted to a young British nurse, Lomax and Wong are eventually united and the novel ends happily with them marrying.

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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in classic movies, nostalgic

 

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4 responses to “THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG

  1. Anna Cottage

    March 13, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Loved the film, mainly because of William Holden. Then again we were all jealous about Nancy Kwan. Whatever happened to Nancy Kwan? It was a very sad ending for William “Golden Boy” Holden. I recall when he received his Oscar the person he thanked was Barbara Stanwyck she was the one who kept him from being fired in one of her films and it was Miss Stanwyck who named him “Golden Boy”.

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  2. America On Coffee

    March 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    No talk!!! ( Hahaha haha, Nancy Kwan”s quote). Holden the ‘Golden boy’ far back. as his role in the movie, Our Town. The World of Susie Wong is one of my favorites. I really love the acting of all of these delightful stars!!!!

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  3. philipfontana

    May 30, 2017 at 11:35 am

    “AOC,” I LOVE this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw it decades ago on TV when I was a young man & I never have seen it on TV again! It’s really a good movie & typical William Holden!!!! It caused me to want to go to Hong Kong. I almost made it on “leave” from the Vietnam War. But I cancelled my “leave” when I got the chance to go home early from the War for Christmas!!! THanks! This was a real treat! Phil from excuseusforliving.com

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  4. America On Coffee

    May 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    One of my favorites also. This film is so close to my heart. Very well done. And, it encompasses so many great memories of that era. It is a delight to have a copy in one’s own library. Thanks Phillip, for your visit and comment! (C:

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