The Theater: New Plays in Manhattan, Oct. 27, 1958

The World of Suzie Wong (adapted by Paul Osborn from Richard Mason's novel) has a surging advance at the box office, but for the stage it is a shambling step backward. It tells of a young Hong Kong prostitute (France Nuyen) debauched at 13 by an uncle but in essence still fine and pure, and of an even finer and purer young Canadian painter (William Shatner) who, though achingly tempted, resists a loving, willing Suzie in scene after scene after scene. At last, when her baby is killed, he marries her.

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