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Director:
Writers:
Talbot Jennings (screenplay) and
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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 » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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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)
Jack Deery ... Party Guest (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)
 
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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 | Germany:12 | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The real teacher's name was Anna Leonowens. In the film it is changed to simply Owens. But, in the film, on Anna's trunk are three embossed initials, "A L O" perhaps to preserve the real character's name.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: As the various Consulates are being established, there are several errors involving the national flags; the British Union Jack is shown upside down, the French flag is replaced by that of The Netherlands, and the US flag is shown with 48 stars (correct for 1946, but in 1870 there were only 37 states).See more »
Quotes:
Kralahome:[the Kralahome has just arrived to tell King Mongkut of the loss of Cambodia. Anna, meanwhile, continues to press the King about the issue of a private residence, to the point where even the King's staff members are singing "Home, Sweet Home"] Your Majesty! It has begun, Toongramon. We've lost Cambodia. Our governor of Cambodia has made a treaty with the French government. They have recognized Cambodia as independent of Siam, placed it under their "protection," and this governor of ours still protests his loyalty to Your Majesty.
King Mongkut:So, a camel's nose is in the tent. The partition of Siam, it has begun.
Kralahome:For a long time, we've said this hour must come. Now it is no longer talk. It is upon us. What do we do?
King Mongkut:Nothing. We shall do nothing whatever in this matter... because there is nothing we can do.
Kralahome:Your father took such a man once and burned out both his eyes, hung him in the sun in a cage over cool running water, until he went mad.
King Mongkut:[Heartbroken, yes resigned] We have not the right to waste ourselves on something which cannnot be changed. We shall save what strength and cunning we may have to hold together what is left of Siam. And if we cannot save all that is left, we shall save what we can.
Kralahome:[after a long pause] Tell me something Toongramon. A long time ago, I came to you and asked you to leave a life of peace, and to be King. If I could ask you now to make that choice, what would your answer be? Think well before you answer that. Think what this can mean to you.
King Mongkut:You feel great responsibility for me, don't you, Chow Koon?
Kralahome:You might still be living peacefully at the monastery if I had not persuaded you. Perhaps it is not too late to return. Think well on that. The monastery instead of this place, where you have only enemies and danger. Well, you know this is not the end. The ships of Europe will crowd thicker on our seas, greedy for conquest. They have the power... and the cunning. They know how to set your nobles against you, how to buy and threaten them. How can you hope to hold Siam together against enemies without and within? All that it can mean to you is that, in the end, you will die in a lost cause.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Myra Breckinridge (1970)See more »
Soundtrack:
Alphabet Song for ToddlersSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A very fine movie, 13 April 2013
Author: richard-1787 (richard@berrong.fr) from United States

Like other reviewers on here, I knew the musical The King and I, which I have always enjoyed, before I finally saw this movie. And, as others have said, they are two different things, each with their own merits.

What I enjoyed most about this very fine movie was the particularly fine performance of Irene Dunne. I've seen her in other movies where she delivers a nuanced and understated performance, which is true of this movie as well, and in spades. There are times when just watching how she plays various emotions across her face is fascinating by itself. Other times she lets us see hints of emotions that her character then suppresses. Harrison is good as the King, though he plays him with broader strokes, as the script calls him to do. Anna is a complex individual, however, and Dunne does full justice to all its complexity.

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I just watched this movie again tonight, and I was struck, again, by Dunne's fine, understated performance, but also by the intelligence of the script and the pacing. The main characters are all three-dimensional, in an era when it would have been easy to do caricatures of the Siamese characters. Things move along at an unhurried pace, but it is never too slow.

It's really one very fine movie.

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And now I've watched it yet again on TCM, and my admiration for this movie only grows. I still stick by everything I've written in the past. Another thing that struck me on this latest watching was the very intelligent discussion of the importance of the rule of law. I have no idea if that exists in the book on which this movie was based. But this movie makes repeated and intelligent argument emphasizing that arbitrary rule by personal whim is not acceptable in the modern world. It must have struck particular chords in the immediate post-World War II world into which it was released.

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