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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 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

While most of the Caucasian actors playing Asians in this film wore dark make-up, Gale Sondergaard was allergic to the make-up being used. Instead, through several weeks of cautious sunbathing, she acquired a deep enough tan to compensate. See more »

Goofs

As the various Consulates are being established, there are several errors involving the national flags; the British Union Jack is shown upside down, the French flag is replaced by that of The Netherlands, and the US flag is shown with 48 stars (correct for 1946, but in 1870 there were only 37 states). See more »

Quotes

Anna Owens: [Anna, thinking the king is a barbarian, is about to leave. The Kralahome has had her brought to his office at night to reason with her. She is outraged] How dare you treat me in this manner. I demand an explanation, and I warn you...
Kralahome: [Calmly] Be quiet, sir.
Anna Owens: ...that I'm a British subject.
Kralahome: That is nor reason you are safe. I could have you killed if that would serve my purpose. Such things are simple here.
[Walks across room]
Kralahome: Sir, did you enjoy your triumph about your house? Because you shall now ...
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Alphabet Song for Toddlers
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Sung by the King's children learning the English alphabet
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Touching film
24 March 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

I grew up with the story and the music of the musical, The King and I, in our household. It is a wonderful production. It would be a mistake to compare that musical to Anna and the King of Siam. They are of different genres. This story is taken from the writings of the real Anna and they provide a glimpse into nineteenth century times, when changes in world politics and communications produced stresses that would alter the map and the future of the world.

I found the acting in this movie wonderful. Rex Harrison, in his first American production, really brings the complexities of the Siamese king to life. He is a man torn between the traditions of the past and the necessities of change, which he embraces with open arms, even if his mind, from habit, is partially closed. Comparing his performance to that in My Fair Lady allows one to really see how he used his voice effectively in portraying the king.

One must give credit to those who took this narrative and later produced the musical, amending the story to create a vehicle more suitable to music and humor. But Anna and the King of Siam deserves kudos as a believable story that evokes real feelings for its characters. You may need a few hankies.


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