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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to ... See full summary »

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Gladys Aylward
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Capt. Lin Nan (as Curt Jurgens)
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The Mandarin of Yang Cheng
Michael David ...
Hok-A
Athene Seyler ...
Jeannie Lawson
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Sir Francis Jamison
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Dr. Robinson
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Mr. Murfin
Peter Chong ...
Yang
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Sui-Lan
Edith Sharpe ...
Secretary at China Inland Mission
Joan Young ...
Sir Francis' cook
Lian-Shin Yang ...
Woman with Baby
Noel Hood ...
Miss Thompson (as Noël Hood)
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Li
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All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to send herself to a poor, remote village. There she eventually lives a full and happy life: running the inn, acting as "foot inspector", advising the local Mandarin and even winning the heart of mixed race Captain Lin Nan. But Gladys discovers her real destiny when the country is invaded by Japan and the Chinese children need her to save their lives. Based on a true story. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Love had suddenly come to her under the China sky...love for this Eurasian soldier who now pressed his earthy, Oriental skin against her own...

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Biography | Drama | War

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19 December 1958 (West Germany)  »

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A Hatodik Boldogság fogadója  »

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Trivia

A gold-painted statue of Buddha, which was part of a set for this film, is now in the Italianate village of Portmeirion, North Wales. See more »

Goofs

The captain is talking with Gladys and says that someone will listen to anything for an extra bowl of rice. The story takes place in northern China and rice is only eaten in southern China. Noodles made from wheat was the mainstay of the Chinese diet in the north. Later in the film it appears Gladys takes a serving of rice from a large pot, and lastly on the journey with the children they come across some uncooked rice which Gladys picks it up. See more »

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[first lines]
Gladys Aylward: My name is Gladys Aylward. I've written to the head of the missionary society. His reply stated that he'd see me if I ever came to London. If he's busy, I can wait.
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The opening title card reads: "This story is based upon the life of Gladys Aylward, a woman of our time, who was, and is dedicated to the simple, joyful and rare belief that we are all responsible for each other." See more »

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Featured in Jag är Ingrid (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

THE CHILDREN'S MARCHING SONG (THIS OLD MAN)
Traditional (Arranged by Malcolm Arnold)
Sung by Ingrid Bergman and a children's chorus
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Moving and a Delight to Watch
29 May 1999 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

I speak as an Asian who understands that it is not always easy to play an Asian, even if you are an Asian. And when an English person stays amongst the Asians for some time, they very rarely speak English the way they're supposed to. And that would probably explain the second half of the movie where Ingrid doesn't speak with the same strong accent, great acting, I believe!

For the Asian watching such a movie, there was very little to complain about. However, the spoken Chinese by the Chinese assistant was not always correct - but only a Chinese would have noticed that, not a Westener nor any other non-Chinese Asian.

And then there were great scenes that were screened in Wales(?). How many would have realized that it wasn't filmed in China? Not many, I am sure.

Kudos to the producer and director of The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. It was a great effort.

One can only pray that Hollywood will be able to make movies like this again!


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