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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 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sturdy adapatation of a popular book See more (23 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)
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Rex Harrison intensely researched his role and spent time working with a private coach to work out the speech patterns and physicality of this new character.See 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'My Fair Lady' (1995) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Home Sweet HomeSee more »

FAQ

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Sturdy adapatation of a popular book, 19 November 1999
Author: ripper2 from New Hope, PA, USA

Interesting, surprisingly lavish black-and-white filming of the same story which later became of the basis for the musical "The King and I".

Irene Dunne is, as always, warm and intelligent, and she looks charming in ruffled hoopskirts. Rex Harrison was an off-beat choice for the King, but with his lean, upright bearing, he perhaps more strongly suggests an Asian monarch than does Yul Brenner's swaggering, bare-chested bully in "The King and I". The secondary casting is strong, also, with Gale Sonnergard particularly touching in the reserved role of the King's neglected # 1 wife. And lavishly costumed Linda Darnell gets most of the plot's histrionics to play out. (She also has to tangle with a scene-stealing monkey.)

This is the rare film that actually looks better "live" than it does in still photographs, in which things appear rather stilted. The developing interplay between Dunne and Harrison is intriguing, with its hint of romantic tension, but the film really does not hang together as a drama very well, and toward the end it falls into the conventions of the "school-teacher-struggles-through-the-years" genre which Golden Age Hollywood often tackled (eg., "Cheers for Miss Bishop", "Good Morning Miss Dove", et al).

It will be interesting to compare this version with Jodie Foster's upcoming remake. Recent scholarship has revealed the real-life Anna to have been something of an adventuress who fudged her credentials and overstated her impact on the King. (The best selling book upon which this film is based reads like juvenile fiction, by the way.) Likewise, the real-life Thai Monarch was a much more refined, intelligent and forward-thinking leader than either of the film versions thus far would lead a viewer to believe.

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