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Release Date:
29 June 1956 (USA) See more »
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More Than You've Ever Seen On The Screen! See more »
Plot:
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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So Many Happy Tunes See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Deborah Kerr ... Anna Leonowens

Yul Brynner ... King Mongkut of Siam

Rita Moreno ... Tuptim
Martin Benson ... Kralahome
Terry Saunders ... Lady Thiang
Rex Thompson ... Louis Leonowens
Carlos Rivas ... Lun Tha
Patrick Adiarte ... Prince Chulalongkorn

Alan Mowbray ... Sir John Hay
Geoffrey Toone ... Sir Edward Ramsay
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Abbey ... Guard (uncredited)
Robert Banas ... Keeper of the Dogs - in Play (uncredited)
Dennis Bonilla ... Mongkut's Twin Son (uncredited)
Thomas Bonilla ... Mongkut's Twin Son (uncredited)
Jerry Chien ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Nancy Chien ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Mary Lou Clifford ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Judy Dan ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Gemze De Lappe ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Amir Farr ... Sailor (uncredited)
Henry Fong ... Guard (uncredited)
Margaret Fukuda ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Yvonne Garosin ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Maureen Hingert ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Dick Kay Hong ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Linda Hong ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Warren Hsieh ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Daro Induye ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Capt. Orton (uncredited)
Michiko Iseri ... Angel - in Play (uncredited)
Dale Ishimoto ... Crewman (uncredited)
Kanna Ishu ... Dancer (uncredited)
Irene James ... Siamese Girl (uncredited)
Marion Jim ... Simon Legree - in Play (uncredited)
Misaye Kawasumi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Candace Lee ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Virginia Lee ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Warren Lee ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Jeanette Leung ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Fuji Levi ... Whipping Guard (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Whipping Guard (uncredited)

Joycelyne Lew ... Princess Ying Yaawolak (uncredited)
Eddie Luke ... Messenger (uncredited)
Stella Lynn ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Marco López ... Extra (uncredited)
Nephru Malouf ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Grace Matthews ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Joanne Miya ... Siamese Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Nishimura ... Dancer (uncredited)
Valentina Oumanski ... Dancer (uncredited)
Stephanie Pond-Smith ... Youngest Princess (uncredited)
Evelyn Rudie ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Kathleen Shoon ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Josephine Smith ... Guest at Palace (uncredited)
Alladin Soufi ... Sailor (uncredited)
Leonard Strong ... Interpreter (uncredited)
Marie Tsien ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Alice Uchida ... Dancer (uncredited)
Russell Ung ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Lydia Wolf ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Jadin Wong ... Amazon (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Amazon (uncredited)
Dusty Worrall ... Uncle Thomas - in Play (uncredited)
Rodney Yee ... Royal Child (uncredited)
William Yip ... High Priest (uncredited)
Yuriko ... Eliza - in Play (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Lang 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)

Oscar Hammerstein II (book of musical play)

Margaret Landon (from the musical play based on "Anna and the King of Siam")

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John De Cuir)
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair styling
Hal Lierley .... makeup: Deborah Kerr (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Wah Chang .... designer: Siamese masks (uncredited)
Larry Haddock .... props (uncredited)
George Westenhiser .... assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound (as Warren Delaplain)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Carlton W. Faulkner .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... additional grip (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (uncredited)
Pasquale Giovanni Napolitano .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator
Ken Darby .... associate music supervisor
Oscar Hammerstein II .... lyrics by
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Alfred Newman .... music supervisor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Trude Rittman .... music arrangements: ballet
Richard Rodgers .... music byl
Milt Holland .... musician: percussionist (uncredited)
Robert Mayer .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Michiko Iseri .... consultant: oriental dancing (as Michiko)
Jerome Robbins .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Mrs. Boonuam Boonsaith .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
133 min
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2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm re-release) | 6-Track Stereo (1956 roadshow version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
It was announced, early on, that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II would write a set of new songs for this film adaptation of their 1951 hit Broadway musical, but of course, this didn't come to pass.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Tuptim's play "Small House of Uncle Thomas" is an inaccurate hodgepodge of characters and scenes from the original book, but this can easily be understood as her best interpretation of the story as a new speaker of English who wants to use the story for her own purposes to change the King's heart. However, few of the references to Buddha or Buddhism within the song are depicted accurately and shows a clear Western interpretation of the religion. Some specific examples are that Buddhists do not view Buddha as God but rather as the founder of their teachings and the first to attain Enlightenment, they do not therefore pray to Buddha for help and guidance, they do not believe in angels, and they do not believe that Buddha calls them to his presence when they die; all of these are strictly Christian beliefs, most likely used in the story for the purpose of relating to a Western audience.See more »
Quotes:
King:You will order the finest gold chopsticks.
Anna:Your Majesty, chopsticks? Don't you think knives and forks would be more suitable?
King:I make mistake, the British not scientific enough to know how to use chopsticks.
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Soundtrack:
The March of the Siamese ChildrenSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
So Many Happy Tunes, 27 August 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The King and I has been my favorite Rodgers&Hammerstein show for many years. I love the score and the only real criticism I have of this film version is that it did not contain the entire score from the Broadway show. It also did not contain the magical performance of Gertrude Lawrence in her final role. But that was beyond the scope of 20th Century Fox and Darryl Zanuck.

The versions of The King and I that we usually see performed give emphasis to the role of the King. As Gertrude Lawrence was dying in 1952 she made a deathbed request that the billing on the show be changed and that Yul Brynner be given top billing instead of whatever female would be replacing Lawrence as Anna Leonowens. That was done and it has remained so ever since.

The role of King Mongkut of Siam became like Dracula was for Bela Lugosi, a part that no matter what else he did, Yul Brynner couldn't escape from. The air of authority he establishes as the King holds you and binds you to every move he makes in the part. I'm told that as good as this screen version is, to see him on stage was the real deal. The critical acclaim he got from the Broadway run no doubt led to him winning an Oscar as Best Actor for 1956.

Standing in for Gertrude Lawrence quite ably is Deborah Kerr who got one of her several nominations for Best Actress for this film. Unfortunately her voice is dubbed by that well known vocal stand-in Marni Nixon as is Rita Moreno as Tuptim and Carlos Rivas as Lun Tha the second romantic leads. The part does call more for an actress than a singer. Gertrude Lawrence was the very best of both.

So many popular standards come from this score, more than any other score Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II wrote. From philosophical tunes like Getting to Know You and I Whistle a Happy Tune and such romantic ballads as Hello Young Lovers, We Kiss in a Shadow, Something Wonderful and Shall We Dance will be done forever. Somewhere now on planet earth there is some theatrical company doing the King and I and performing these great songs. You can't also forget those that didn't make the cut here like I Have Dreamed and My Lord and Master.

The most interesting song that Dick and Oscar wrote is the solo for the King, A Puzzlement. It's very similar to the Soliliquy in Carousel where the song explains all the character motivations of Billy Bigelow. King Mongkut, a very real historic figure who wanted very much to move his country into the modern era, but his entire upbringing fights against his desire. A Puzzlement is a wonderful number that goes into the problems of governing and not just for monarchies. Listen to Hammerstein's lyrics, they are very much relevant today.

I visited Thailand in 1999 and learned a great deal about the country in those two days. King Mongkut's descendants rule today as constitutional and beloved monarchs. In fact this film which probably did more to encourage tourism to Thailand than anything else is banned in that country. Because it shows the king in what the Thais feel as an irreverent light. It is indeed a puzzlement.

The film has preserved forever one of the great Broadway shows of all time forevermore. Reason enough to see it and whistle its happy tunes.

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