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Director:
Writers:
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) and
Sally Benson (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 August 1946 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Nation Kept Free From Colonialism See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Irene Dunne ... Anna Owens

Rex Harrison ... King Mongkut

Linda Darnell ... Tuptim

Lee J. Cobb ... Kralahome

Gale Sondergaard ... Lady Thiang
Mikhail Rasumny ... Alak
Dennis Hoey ... Sir Edward
Tito Renaldo ... Prince Chulalongkorn (as a boy)
Richard Lyon ... Louis Owens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Abbott ... Phya Phrom (uncredited)
Aristophanes ... An Elephant (uncredited)
Victor Bach ... Midget Page Boy (uncredited)
Cha Bing ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Jan Bryant ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Chabing ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Oie Chan ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Si-Lan Chen ... Dance Director (uncredited)
Maxine Chevelier ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Dorothy Chung ... Amazon Guard (uncredited)
Buff Cobb ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Evelyne de Luzuriaga ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Rico De Montez ... Guard (uncredited)
Rosa Del Rosario ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Blacky Dittars ... Snake (uncredited)
Marjorie Eaton ... Miss MacFarlane (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Moonshee (uncredited)
Sandra Foloway ... Wife of King (uncredited)

Joe Garcio ... Whipper (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Mrs. Cortwright (uncredited)
Ted Hecht ... Judge (uncredited)
Aram Katcher ... Guard (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Beebe (uncredited)
Sydney Logan ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Laurette Luez ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Stanley Mann ... Mr. Cortwright (uncredited)
Cissy Marr ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Luisita Mendoza ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Lillian Molieri ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Harry Monty ... Midget Page Boy (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Phra Palat (uncredited)
Miguel Padilla ... Midget Page Boy (uncredited)
Marianne Quon ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Toni Raimando ... Wife of King (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Guide (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Captain Orton (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Government Clerk (uncredited)
Yvonne Rob ... Lady Son Klin (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Whipper (uncredited)
Mickey Roth ... Prince (uncredited)
Hazel Shon ... Slave (uncredited)
Leonard Strong ... Interpreter (uncredited)
Diane Van der Ecker ... Princess Fa-Ying (uncredited)
Saturnino Villanueva ... Midget Page Boy (uncredited)
Chet Voravan ... Siamese Guard (uncredited)
Ben Welden ... Third Judge (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Amazon Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Cromwell 
 
Writing credits
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) and
Sally Benson (screenplay)

Margaret Landon (based upon the biography by)

Produced by
Louis D. Lighton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
 
Film Editing by
Harmon Jones (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling  (as William Darling)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Bonnie Cashin (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Wurtzel .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank E. Hughes .... associate set decorations
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Special Effects by
Edwin Hammeras .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Ralph Hammeras .... miniatures (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
J.O. Taylor .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Lockwood .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Louis Bernardi .... technical advisor: food scenes (uncredited)
Miss Poonsabaya Graiyond .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Philip A. Huffman .... head of technical staff (uncredited)
Eddie Jones .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Margaret Landon .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Sawasdi Nitibhon .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Enrico Ricardi .... singing coach: Irene Dunne (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)
Louis Van der Ecker .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Chet Voravan .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Helen Webb .... assistant research director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
128 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2006) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2006) (cut) | UK:A (1946) (cut) | USA:Approved (PCA #11572, General Audience)

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Trivia:
Rex Harrison's first American movieSee more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In order to remind the King about his promise to give Anna a house of her own (to which the King continually refuses to honour) she leaves many reminders about his broken promise around the palace, in particular an English china cottage which has "made in England" on the underside and the inscription over the door of the cottage "Honor Thy Promise". In 1868 England (as today), 'honour' was not spelt "honor". Minor error, but a spelling mistake non-the-less.See more »
Quotes:
Anna Owens:[Anna, thinking the king is a barbarian, is about to leave. The Kralahome has had her brought to his office at night to reason with her. She is outraged] How dare you treat me in this manner. I demand an explanation, and I warn you...
Kralahome:[Calmly] Be quiet, sir.
Anna Owens:...that I'm a British subject.
Kralahome:That is nor reason you are safe. I could have you killed if that would serve my purpose. Such things are simple here.
[Walks across room]
Kralahome:Sir, did you enjoy your triumph about your house? Because you shall now enjoy greater triumph. I have something to ask of you. Not demand, but ask. It is that you shall Stay in Siam. You may enjoy yourself if you like, sir
Anna Owens:No matter what you ask, I wouldn't do it.
Kralahome:If you do not stay in Siam, where will you go?
Anna Owens:I don't know.
Kralahome:Have you other place to put your life?
[...]
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Nation Kept Free From Colonialism, 27 July 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Anyone who is thinking of watching Anna And The King Of Siam thinking he will just see The King And I without the Rodgers&Hammerstein music is in for quite a surprise. Quite a bit had to be toned down from this dramatic version in order to make it more lighthearted and good subject matter for a musical.

I can't believe the number of folks who miss the point of Anna And The King Of Siam in just dismissing it as typical western racism. Yes it's there, but the real story of Siam later Thailand is how it missed being colonized by the west. In that regard the story is like Japan.

King Mongkut who ruled from 1851 to 1868 and played by Rex Harrison in his first role in a Hollywood film, was a man who's sole ambition was to keep his country away from colonial hands. But he also knew that the west had far outstripped the east in material progress if not culturally. His challenge was to learn from the west without being taken over by them.

Toward that end he did import among other things Anna Leonowens, shortened to Owens in this film and played by Irene Dunne. Her job was to educate the royal children, most especially the Crown Prince Chulalongkorn who would rule Siam as Mongkut's successor. How much and what kind of personal relationship she developed with the King is part true and part from the fertile mind of Margaret Landon who wrote the book this and The King and I were based on.

Today when you visit Thailand they will tell you up front about how proud they are that they were never colonized by a western power, a singular achievement in the 19th century. They did give up chunks of territory, to the French in Indo-China, to the British in Burma and Malaya, but Siam was kept in being. Ironically enough when it was conquered it was by another Eastern power, Japan in World War II. Thailand most people forget because of that was an Axis power nation, quite unwillingly, but they had little choice in yielding to a nation that learned the lessons Mongkut and Chulalongkorn learned far better.

Giving good performances in the supporting cast are Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb, and Gale Sondergaard. Darnell's character as Tuptim, current favorite of the king has far more bite to it and she's not a nice girl who the western schoolteacher is trying to help on the path to true love. Cobb's role as the chief minister, the Kralahome is far more expanded in this than The King And I. And Gale Sondergaard as Lady Thiang, mother of the crown prince is touching as the mother who really does live for her son as she's got nothing else really in the world. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1946, but lost to Anne Baxter in The Razor's Edge.

It's also ironic that while any number of folks might decry the racism shown by whites in Anna And The King Of Siam, at the same time they're also revolted by the position of women in Siam, being not above household furniture. Irene Dunne's character is hardly a Victorian feminist, but just the contrast to the other females in the cast forces here to become one. But that was their culture and still is in many areas of modern Thailand.

The highly acclaimed remake of this story that starred Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat in 1999 tells far more of the real story. It's good to compare the two. The differences in both versions tell a lot more about us as a society than even about 19th century Siam.

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