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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
Ronald Squire ...
Sir Francis Jamison
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Dr. Robinson
Richard Wattis ...
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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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

Buddy Adler's last production. He died at age 51 on July 12, 1960, shortly before this movie was released. See more »

Goofs

Eagle eyed viewers will see many plants in this film which are not commonly found growing wild in China. The location was partly chosen, because Portmeirion had certain Chinese plants growing near it, such as rhododendrons. 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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Referenced in Sixth Happiness (1997) 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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Excellent portrayal of a very courageous woman.
13 January 2005 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Ingrid Bergman demonstrates her acting and creative skills portraying a lady who shall be remembered in China history. Her determination to go to China and do everything she could to bring Christianity to a part of the world that looked upon Christians as strange at best. She is supported by Curt Jurgons and Robert Donat in very unusual roles. Donat who is the Mandarin of the Province and Jurgons who is a Chinese soldier. Bergman is confronted with roadblocks which say she is unqualified to work in China as a Missionary. She proves her worth by working for the Mandarin as his foot inspector, running her inn and becoming endeared with the people as a person that is trying to help them. She is also instrumental in effecting prison reform. She overcomes many obstacles and saves the lives of close to a hundred Chinese orphans who are fleeing from the Japanese. Finally she was considered qualified.


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