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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.

Director:

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 (Irene Dunne) accepts the job of teaching the royal children of Siam. On her arrival in Bangkok, culture clash is immediate. King Mongkut (Sir Rex Harrison) 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

In a scene early in this movie, Anna (Irene Dunne) is seen walking through an open-air market. While this scene was being filmed, an airplane passed over the set, creating a low hum on the soundtrack. Composer Bernard Herrmann was instructed to compose an accompanying score that would obscure the airplane engine. He used low gongs. See more »

Goofs

In order to remind the King about his promise to give Anna a house of her own (to which the King continually refuses to honour) she leaves many reminders about his broken promise around the palace, in particular an English china cottage which has "made in England" on the underside and the inscription over the door of the cottage "Honor Thy Promise". In 1868 England (as today), 'honour' was not spelt "honor". Minor error, but a spelling mistake non-the-less. See more »

Quotes

King Mongkut: Now always best time.
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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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The best version of them all!
17 March 2013 | by abcj-2See all my reviews

I watched this film because I'm such a fan of Irene Dunne, particularly in her light-hearted romantic and screwball comedies. There are some amusing situations, but this is ultimately a drama and certainly not a lavish musical. It still, to me, is the best version of them all.

This film hits hard right out of the gate with Anna and her son caught in a situation that neither quite expect. Rex Harrison plays the King surprisingly well despite not looking as exotic as Yul Brenner or as truly authentic as Yun-Fat Chow. Dunne's determination and caring for her son spur her on and make her brave and strong in an understated fashion as the film progresses. The main characters repartee is a delight to witness. Their chemistry is just right, and they do not have the luxury of lavish musical numbers to draw them together. One just knows they have a great respect for each other from very fine acting.

I will say that I found this version the most emotionally charged of the three motion pictures, yet it is not a Peyton Place melodrama. Maybe that's why I love it so. It's so well-made in every aspect that it really packs that emotional punch for me. I didn't even recognize the usually very recognizable Lee J. Cobb and somehow missed his name in the credits the first time.

I think this is about as fine an epic drama about forbidden romance and opposing cultures as I've seen. I give most of that credit to the wonderful performances of the leads and the incredibly adept script. It entertains, tugs at your heartstrings, and doesn't disappoint. I highly recommend it as the best version of them all:)


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