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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

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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 ... 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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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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The song "The Children's Marching Song", more commonly known as "This Old Man", was better-known in England than the U.S. at the time this film was made. When the film became a hit in America, so did the song, helped in no small measure by Mitch Miller's popular recording. See more »

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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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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 Ingrid (1984) See more »

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Onward Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by Ingrid Bergman on the Trans-Siberian Train
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Great old classic based on a true story
6 May 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Inn of the Sixth Happiness is a great epic. The story is surprisingly a true one - Gladys Aylward was a British servant who believed her calling was to preach in China.

Inn of the Sixth Happiness was done in the old Hollywood style with a bit of romance built in, but that seems to be the only way they deviated from the real story.

Ingrid Bergman does a wonderful job of recreating Gladys and the movie cinematography really captures the old China I knew.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to be entertained, and to anyone with a sense of adventure.


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