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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness -- 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.
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness -- Trailer for this wartime drama set in China

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Director:
Writers:
Isobel Lennart (screenplay)
Alan Burgess (novel)
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Release Date:
19 December 1958 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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...
Plot:
All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A movie of heart... See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Bergman ... Gladys Aylward

Curd Jürgens ... Capt. Lin Nan (as Curt Jurgens)

Robert Donat ... 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

Tsai Chin ... 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)

Burt Kwouk ... Li
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Blaine ... Madman (uncredited)
Alexis Bobrinskoy ... Russian Fireman (uncredited)

Edwina Carroll ... Chinese Dancer (uncredited)
Christopher Chen ... Tax Collector (uncredited)
Lin Chen ... Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
David Goh ... Japanese Lieutenant (uncredited)
Frank Goh ... Timothy (uncredited)
Ronald Kyaing ... Young Lin (uncredited)
Judith Lai ... Sixpence (uncredited)
Ronald Lee ... Chief Muleteer (uncredited)
Louise Lin ... Mai Da (uncredited)

Richard Marner ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)
André Mikhelson ... Russian Commissar (uncredited)
Stanislaw Mikula ... Russian Conductor (uncredited)
Aung Min ... Buddhist Priest (uncredited)
Mitch Mitchell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Michael Wee ... Mandarin's Aide (uncredited)
Vincent Wong ... Chinese Captain (uncredited)
Woffles Wu ... Orphan Boy (uncredited)
Ye-Min ... Bai-Bao (uncredited)
Zed Zakari ... Chief Prison Guard Reporting Riot (uncredited)
Stanley Zevic ... Russian Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
Isobel Lennart (screenplay)

Alan Burgess (novel "The Small Woman")

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as F.A. Young)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Casting by
Nora Roberts 
 
Art Direction by
John Box 
Geoffrey Drake 
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
 
Makeup Department
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Cecil F. Ford .... production manager
James E. Newcom .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Middlemas .... assistant director
Peter Yates .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Grimes. Colin .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon .... dressing props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
J.B. Smith .... sound mixer
Gerry Turner .... sound mixer
Michael Hickey .... sound (uncredited)
John Streeter .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Walker .... camera operator (as Bob Walker)
Denis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Joe Powell .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Malcolm Arnold .... conductor
 
Other crew
Jung-En Liu .... technical advisor
Angela Martelli .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
158 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #19037) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The character of Gladys Aylward is supposed to be British, but she speaks with a Swedish accent. Also while the real Aylward was short, Bergman is noticeably tall. The real Aylward also had a Cockney accent, and had started off life firmly in the working class, as a maid. The film makers, since release, have been criticised for casting Ingrid Bergman, a tall woman with a Swedish accent, as Gladys Aylward, who was in fact short and had a cockney accent.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sixth Happiness (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
THE CHILDREN'S MARCHING SONG (THIS OLD MAN)See more »

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40 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A movie of heart..., 29 June 2000

In spite of the rejection of her application for missionary work because of her lack of formal education, Gladys Aylward—a strong London domestic in the service of a retired explorer—decides to join an English missionary who has set up a hostelry in the mountains of North China... Here, Sara Lanson (Athene Seyler) takes in muleteers, provides them with food and lodging, and tries by ingenious means to convert them to Christianity...

Gladys saves enough money to travel to China via the Trans-Siberian Railway... Eventually she reaches the inn and Miss Lanson, and becomes her aide...

Gradually, Gladys wins over the people of the area, with her good works and humble, friendly approach... Soon she is known as "Jan-Ai" (The One Who Loves People).

After Miss Lanson's death, Gladys goes to work as a foot inspector (to enforce a government edict against binding of females' foot) at the request of a tired and cynical mandarin (Robert Donat), who is irritated by her meddling and sends her on foot-inspection trips to get rid of her... But upon her return from an arduous journey, he finds himself respectful of her dedication and courage and becomes her friend...

Captain Lin Nan (Curt Jurgens), a Chinese Army officer, comes into the district to enforce discipline in the face of the Japanese 1931 invasion... Gladys meanwhile has succeeded in restoring order in a prison uprising with her healing presence, and when Lin Nan finds it necessary to warn the people of the countryside against the Japanese, Gladys, through bandits she has befriended and are now devoted to her, manages to aid him in his efforts...

Lin and Gladys gradually fall in love, and before he leaves to rejoin the Chinese forces, he gives her a jade ring as a token of his feeling, and promises that they will someday be permanently together...

The Japanese attack, and it becomes necessary to march 100 motherless children to a mission safe in the interior... Before Gladys volunteers for, and leaves on, the mission with the children, the Mandarin offers her a parting gift: his conversion to Christianity.

There is no doubt about the splendor of Ingrid Bergman dramatizing Gladys Aylward, the "woman who wasn't qualified to come to China." With a luminous smile, she fills the screen with radiance, bringing missionary work purity of spirit, challenge, simplicity, frankness, honesty, energy, force and love...

The film, based on the novel "The Small Woman" by Alan Burgess, is a fine adventure story with love, war, religion, comedy, music, and spectacle...

Hollywood took some liberties in romancing the character with a Chinese officer—which was not true—Gladys Aylward (1904-70) was a great 'little woman' who lived a virtuous life full of quality, respect and admiration... She faced the impossible with hope, seeing the world through God's telescope...

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