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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:
Missionary/Innkeeper See more (44 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)
John Mitchell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Michael Wee ... Mandarin's Aide (uncredited)
Vincent Wong ... Chinese Captain (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)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Walker .... camera operator (as Bob Walker)
Dennis 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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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #19037) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The outdoor scenes were almost entirely filmed in North Wales, near where the Prisoner was set. Some studio work was also done in England, meaning the entire film was made in Western Europe using Chinese extras. Most of the children in the film were Chinese children from Liverpool, which has one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe.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 Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
THE CHILDREN'S MARCHING SONG (THIS OLD MAN)See more »

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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Missionary/Innkeeper, 16 July 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This film concerns the life and achievements of one Gladys Aylward, a Christian woman from Great Britain who conceived early on that her place in the world was in China. She was a remarkable person who let absolutely nothing deter her in her calling. That included a lack of formal education, no support at all from any accredited missionary group and no money of her own. She worked as a maid to get the money to get a one way ticket to China with only an address of an aged female missionary who needed a young assistant.

This film marked Ingrid Bergman's complete return to our fickle public's favor. After the scandal of her affair with Roberto Rosellini and her divorce, the public would not accept her in saintly roles like Joan of Arc and The Bells of St. Mary's. But winning her second Oscar two years earlier cemented her comeback from Europe and this part restored her in our fickle public's affections. We'd never get away with casting her as an Englishwoman today, but she overcomes any accent problems with unbridled talent.

She soon inherits the whole mission when Athene Sayler dies. And she supports it by working as a foot inspector for the local mandarin. In those days of the twenties among other things the Kuomintang government was trying to do was undo the Chinese custom of footbinding females at a young age so they would have petite feet. It met with a lot of local resistance, but she proves up to the task.

The title of the film comes from the idea that Athene Sayler had. Not to open up a formal church as such. Instead she wanted to open an inn in which travelers could stop and hear stories for entertainment. No television in those rooms. The stories they heard were those of the Bible. It was Sayler, Bergman, and their cook Peter Chong who ran the place and soon it was Bergman and Chong.

If Bergman's casting seems bizarre by today's standards, the casting of Curt Jurgens as a Chinese Kuomintang Army Colonel is worse. Jurgens's occidental features are written into the script making him bi-racial, Dutch father and Chinese mother. He's a man with little convictions about spiritual matters, except he comes to believe in Bergman, in her innate decency, her dedication to his people, and what she's trying to accomplish.

The mandarin is even more bizarrely cast. The part calls for an asthetic actor so they got the best around in Robert Donat. This was Mr. Donat's farewell performance, he died while the film was still in theaters. No one would get away with that casting today, but Robert Donat is also that good a player.

I'm sure if the film were remade today, we'd have real oriental players like Russell Wong for the Colonel and James Shigeta for the mandarin and maybe someone like Kate Winslet for Gladys Aylward. But would it be as good as this film?

The subject of missionaries and the good they do is one hotly debated topic. It does take a certain amount of brass to go to a given place and tell everyone your belief system is all wrong.

I suppose the best way to lead is by example and Ingrid Bergman as Gladys Aylward set the best example she could. In fact she did one thing most missionaries, good or bad, wouldn't consider. She gave up her British citizenship and became a Chinese citizen.

The film was helped a great deal by the inclusion of that children's song This Old Man where Ingrid tries to teach her youngest charges some English with it. It was enormously popular back in the day and Mitch Miller's record of it was heard constantly.

The climax of the film and what gave Gladys Aylward her place in history is that trek with a hundred orphans away from the advancing Japanese army. A remarkable achievement indeed from a remarkable dedicated woman who wouldn't listen to anything, but what was inside her soul.

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