In post-WWII Hong Kong, unhappily married Carol has an affair with a married man. Her husband discovers it and presents her with a choice: travel with him to a remote mainland village or face the scandal of a very public divorce.
Ronald Neame felt Eleanor Parker was wrong for the part of Carolyn and consequently the actress was unhappy. Neame was fired by MGM and replaced with Vincente Minnelli although he refused to take any credit. As he was packing, Neame was very grateful for a sympathetic call he received from George Cukor, who told the director that he was fired from Gone with the Wind (1939) but was sure Neame would bounce back too.
Dear girl, you can't eat salad. Uncooked greens are dangerous at any time. But now it's practically sure death, isn't that right, Doctor?
Doctor Walter Carwin: Yes.
Carol Carwin: I thought that was the general idea.
Doctor Walter Carwin: My wife likes salad. So do I.
Tim Waddington: I say, what's going on between you two?...
While the picture takes place between 1949-1950 in mainland China (see the Republic flag in the hospital), the clothes (dresses, shoes and hairdo) that Eleanor Parker wears are contemporary to when the picture was made in the mid-1950s.
English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Italian