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Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.

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John Cromwell

Writers:

Talbot Jennings (screenplay), Sally Benson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Anna Owens
Rex Harrison ... King Mongkut
Linda Darnell ... Tuptim
Lee J. Cobb ... Kralahome
Gale Sondergaard ... Lady Thiang
Mikhail Rasumny ... Alak
Dennis Hoey ... Sir Edward
Tito Renaldo Tito Renaldo ... Prince Chulalongkorn - as a Boy
Richard Lyon ... Louis Owens
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Storyline

In 1862, young English widow Anna Owens accepts the job of teaching the royal children of Siam. On her arrival in Bangkok, culture clash is immediate. The king respects Anna for standing up to him, though this appalls his courtiers. In due course, she becomes the king's confidant and diplomatic advisor; their relationship endures through many trials. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ana y el rey de Siam See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An adaptation of the 1944 novel by Margaret Landon. See more »

Goofs

A calendar with the months of May and June is shown to demonstrate how long Anna has waited for her audience with the King. June 1st to June 9th is crossed out and half of May is crossed out as well. But it is May 1st to 16th that is crossed out and May 17th to 31st is untouched. It should have been just the opposite. See more »

Quotes

Kralahome: [the Kralahome has just arrived to tell King Mongkut of the loss of Cambodia. Anna, meanwhile, continues to press the King about the issue of a private residence, to the point where even the King's staff members are singing "Home, Sweet Home"] Your Majesty! It has begun, Toongramon. We've lost Cambodia. Our governor of Cambodia has made a treaty with the French government. They have recognized Cambodia as independent of Siam, placed it under their "protection," and this governor of ours still ...
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Alternate Versions

The 2006 UK DVD was cut by 2 secs by the BBFC to remove a horse-trip. See more »

Connections

Version of The King and I (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Alphabet Song for Toddlers
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by the King's children learning the English alphabet
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Strong Performances highlight Film Classic
17 November 1999 | by peachamSee all my reviews

Too many people who have seen "the King and I" before viewing this film have unjustly compared it unfavorably to the musical. You can't compare Sir Rex and Mr. Brynner as the King. the performances are so different. Harrison gives a wonderfully cruel yet compassionate performance. he is a slyer, more intellectual Monkut than Brynner was. His scenes with Irene Dunne bubble with chemistry. Dunne is every inch the Anna that Deborah Kerr was and gets a scene that was removed from the remake. The performance she gives after the death of her son was stunning!

I recommend this film over the musical for sheer consistency of style. Sir Rex and Ms. Dunne are wonderful together and the entire film its a gem fro start to finish.


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