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11 August 1946 (UK) See more »
In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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BETTER than the KING and I See more (23 total) »


  (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)
Cecilia Meagher ... 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)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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128 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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In a scene early in the film, Anna is seen walking through an open-air market. While this scene was being filmed, an airplane passed over the set, creating a low hum on the soundtrack. Composer Bernard Herrmann was instructed to compose an accompanying score that would obscure the airplane motor. He used low gongs.See more »
Anachronisms: The banquet scene includes a performance of Siamese theatrical dance. However, the music which accompanies this performance is unmistakably Balinese gamelan, not Siamese. Furthermore, it's "gong kebyar" style, which hadn't been invented yet in the 1860s.See more »
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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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
BETTER than the KING and I, 20 December 2000
Author: Enrique Sanchez from Miami, FL

Summary: BETTER than the King and I This has always been my favorite version of this story. Why? Not just because it was done first (1946); that is, before the King and I (Play-1951; Film-1956), does it make it better. Not because the original story was a drama rather a lively Broadway musical. Not even because the story was written by a woman about a woman and not about a man as was shifted later by Brynner. The performances by Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, the production values, the direction are all done at such a fine intimate level. The true nuance of the hardship that Anna went through in her dealings with this imperial king is felt throughout. The musical never depicts this which such finely-wrought detail and care. With our 21st century sensibilities we might think that there is something goofy about Rex's performance. Does anyone really know what life was in 19th Century Siam? I believe this even after reading about the difficulty Harrison had with the depiction of this role. There is nothing Charlie Chan-ish about this performance. The strictness and order of the Asian mindset does create a cultural chasm at times for us in the West. The Asian languages are structured differently than our Western languages. The use of articles is almost non-existent, therefore the sometimes stilted manner of vocal delivery may sound staccato. The Asian vocal chords are sometimes different from Western vocal chords. There exists a predominance of higher pitched voices. And so what of it? Was the King and I more real than this movie? The only thing that can be said about Brynner is that he is physically more imposing than Harrison and Brynner has a rather slight Mongolian aspect to him which brings more authenticity to his appearance. Finally and besides my objections above, ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM is movie full of heart and compassion. Each turn of events is handled with care and not given a Hollywood finish and sheen. ANNA is recommended hands down. The finale, though some jaded observers would dismiss as formulaic, is indeed a grand and quiet moment not to be missed.

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