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The King and I (1956)

G  |   |  Biography, Drama, Musical  |  29 June 1956 (USA)
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A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.



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Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has been contracted to teach English to the children of the royal household. She threatens to leave when the house she had been promised is not available, but falls in love with the children. A new slave, a gift of a vassal king, translates "Uncle Tom's Cabin" into a Siamese ballet. After expressing her unhappiness at being with the King, the slave decides to make an attempt to escape with her lover. Anna and the King start to fall in love, but her headstrong upbringing inhibits her from joining his harem. She is just about to leave Siam but something important she finds out makes her think about changing her mind. Written by Randy Goldberg <>

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In the complete grandeur of Cinemascope 55! Richer - Deeper - Clearer! See more »


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Release Date:

29 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I  »

Box Office


$4,550,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (70 mm re-release)| (1956 roadshow version)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Maureen O'Hara was originally meant to play the lead role in the movie version of "The King and I", but Yul Brynner specifically asked for Deborah Kerr. See more »


When Anna is summoned by the king in the middle of the night (at around 1 min), the king's left hand switches between resting on a pillow and pointing in a book between shots. See more »


King: Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!
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Crazy Credits

The credits first say "Twentieth-Century Fox presents a Cinemascope Picture in Cinemascope 55", and then they go on to say "Darryl F. Zanuck presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The King and I'". See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.47 (2009) See more »


Getting To Know You
(1951) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Deborah Kerr (singing dubbed by Marni Nixon) and Chorus
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Lively songs, fiery Brynner, very entertaining
25 February 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner give spirited performances in 'The King and I', a musical adaptation of Margaret Landon's book. Brynner in particular brings an athleticism and intensity to his role which won him an academy award. The two share an unusual chemistry. The film is dated but remains entertaining and ranks among the best musicals of the fifties. The music is very enjoyable with several catchy tunes which are well choreographed. I specially liked "A Puzzlement" and "Shall We Dance". Some parts are a bit corny but the film is still well worth watching.

Overall 8/10

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