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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

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All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to ... See full summary »

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Mark Robson

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screenplay), Alan Burgess (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Gladys Aylward
Curd Jürgens ... Capt. Lin Nan (as Curt Jurgens)
Robert Donat ... The Mandarin of Yang Cheng
Michael David Michael David ... Hok-A
Athene Seyler ... Jeannie Lawson
Ronald Squire ... Sir Francis Jamison
Moultrie Kelsall ... Dr. Robinson
Richard Wattis ... Mr. Murfin
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Yang
Tsai Chin ... Sui-Lan
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Secretary at China Inland Mission
Joan Young Joan Young ... Sir Francis' Cook
Lian-Shin Yang Lian-Shin Yang ... Woman with Baby
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Miss Thompson (as Noël Hood)
Burt Kwouk ... Li
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Storyline

All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to send herself to a poor, remote village. There she eventually lives a full and happy life: running the inn, acting as "foot inspector", advising the local Mandarin. and even winning the heart of mixed-race Captain Lin Nan. But Gladys discovers her real destiny when the country is invaded by Japan and the Chinese children need her to save their lives. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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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...

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Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

19 December 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hatodik Boldogság fogadója See more »

Filming Locations:

Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Robert Donat. NOTE: He died during its making. In the scene where he is saying goodbye to Gladys as the elders prepare to take their leave of the city, he says as though he was prophesying his death, "I fear we shall never see each other again." See more »

Goofs

The cook speaks Cantonese, a dialect from the Southern part of China. The other Chinese actors in the movie speak Mandarin. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening title card reads: "This story is based upon the life of Gladys Aylward, a woman of our time, who was, and is dedicated to the simple, joyful and rare belief that we are all responsible for each other." See more »

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Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: TCM Employee Picks (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

THE CHILDREN'S MARCHING SONG (THIS OLD MAN)
Traditional (Arranged by Malcolm Arnold)
Sung by Ingrid Bergman and a children's chorus
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Hollywood style embroideries
3 August 2008 | by shi612See all my reviews

This is a story of a real English woman (Gladys Aylward) who gave her life for the Chinese people as a missionary with surprisingly strong will.

She visited the office of China Inland Mission Center in London only to be refused. On her way to the introduced employer for a housemaid, she stopped by a travel agent and booked a train to China via Siberia. In this way, she always does what she believes she ought to do, upon belief of that God protects and leads her. She shows her sanguine attitude and tireless energy which are typical to God believers. One may doubt if such a woman actually exists, but I remember similar woman. I read an autobiography ("Chasing the Dragon" by Jackie Pulllinger) of another English woman who served as a missionary at the Walled City of Hong Kong. From the memory of my surprise from the book, I could believe that Cladys Aylward actually existed.

I think Ingrid Bergman acted this woman very well. However, this movie has many embroideries and dramatizations that are typical to 1950s Hollywood movies. For example, English language dominates the movie in China, and the scene the children are welcomed amid hearty cheers of people of Sian. The most questioned embroidery is that the colonel is given Caucasian blood and made to the lover of Cladys.


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