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Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 11 August 1946 (UK)
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

The music and dancers seen during the formal dinner party are not Siamese, but Balinese. The music is in the style known as "gong kebyar", not yet known in the 1860's, but developed later in Bali. 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 »


Soundtracks

Alphabet Song for Toddlers
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by the King's children learning the English alphabet
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A good role for Irene Dunne
23 May 2001 | by jlanders13See all my reviews

"Anna And The King Of Siam" is the original, non-musical, version of what was later re-made with Deborah Kerr and Yul Brenner as "The King And I". This is one of the few Irene Dunne originals that is not better than the remake. Irene Dunne was a highly original and intelligent woman and had few equals either before the camera or in her private life.

In fact, if you consider all of Irene Dunne's original movies that have been remade into newer versions with the same name: such as "Back Street" 1932 or "Magnificent Obsession" 1935 or "Showboat" 1936 or "Age of Innocence" 1934 - or under a different title: such as "An Affair To Remember" which was a remake of "Love Affair" 1939 or "Something's Got To Give" which was essentially the same plot as "My Favorite Wife" 1940 - it amazes me that she was nominated six times for best actress and NEVER WON!

Usually, her original versions are much better than the remakes. Anna and the King of Siam would have been had the remake not included such a lovely musical score and been so beautifully filmed in color.


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