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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness ()


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A tenacious British woman becomes a missionary and runs an inn for travelling merchants in China during the Japanese invasion and the tumultuous years leading up to the Second World War.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations.
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Gladys Aylward
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Capt. Lin Nan (as Curt Jurgens)
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The Mandarin of Yang Cheng
Michael David ...
Hok-A
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Jeannie Lawson
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Sir Francis Jamison
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Dr. Robinson
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Mr. Murfin
Peter Chong ...
Yang
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Sui-Lan
Edith Sharpe ...
Secretary at China Inland Mission
Joan Young ...
Sir Francis' Cook
Lian-Shin Yang ...
Woman with Baby
Noel Hood ...
Miss Thompson (as Noël Hood)
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Li
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Adcock ...
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Frank Blaine ...
Madman (uncredited)
Alexis Bobrinskoy ...
Russian Fireman (uncredited)
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Chinese Dancer (uncredited)
Christopher Chen ...
Tax Collector (uncredited)
Lin Chen ...
Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
David Goh ...
Japanese Lieutenant (uncredited)
Frank Goh ...
Timothy (uncredited)
Ursula Granville ...
Missionary (uncredited)
George Holdcroft ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Ronald Kyaing ...
Young Lin (uncredited)
Judith Lai ...
Sixpence (uncredited)
Ronald Lee ...
Chief Muleteer (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Louise Lin ...
Mai Da (uncredited)
Jack Mandeville ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Alf Mangan ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
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Russian Soldier (uncredited)
André Mikhelson ...
Russian Commissar (uncredited)
Stanislaw Mikula ...
Russian Conductor (uncredited)
Aung Min ...
Buddhist Priest (uncredited)
Mitch Mitchell ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Little boy on train, (uncredited)
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Train Passenger (uncredited)
Myo Toon ...
Chinese Soldier / Mountain Bandit / Prison Guard (uncredited)
Michael Wee ...
Mandarin's Aide (uncredited)
Vincent Wong ...
Chinese Captain (uncredited)
Woffles Wu ...
Orphan Boy (uncredited)
Ye-Min ...
Bai-Bao (uncredited)
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Bit part (uncredited)
Zed Zakari ...
Chief Prison Guard Reporting Riot (uncredited)
Stanley Zevic ...
Russian Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark Robson

Written by

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Isobel Lennart ... (screenplay)
 
Alan Burgess ... (novel "The Small Woman")

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Buddy Adler ... producer

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Malcolm Arnold

Cinematography by

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Freddie Young ... director of photography (as F.A. Young)

Film Editing by

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Ernest Walter

Editorial Department

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Peter Elliott ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

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Nora Roberts

Art Direction by

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John Box
Geoffrey Drake

Costume Design by

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Margaret Furse

Makeup Department

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John O'Gorman ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Cecil F. Ford ... production manager
James E. Newcom ... production supervisor

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David Middlemas ... assistant director
Peter Yates ... assistant director (uncredited)

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John Graysmark ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Colin Grimes ... set dresser (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon ... dressing props (uncredited)
Peter Melrose ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Will Williams ... movie poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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J.B. Smith ... sound mixer
Gerry Turner ... sound mixer
Michael Hickey ... sound (uncredited)
John Streeter ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Peter Melrose ... matte artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Walker ... camera operator (as Bob Walker)
Dennis Fraser ... grip (uncredited)
Ronnie Fox Rogers ... clapper loader (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Joe Powell ... extras casting (uncredited)

Music Department

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Malcolm Arnold ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

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Angela Martelli ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Jung-En Liu ... technical advisor
Phyllis Cornell ... stand-in: Ingrid Bergman (uncredited)
Doreen Landry ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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... See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'auberge du sixième bonheur (France)
  • El albergue de la sexta felicidad (Spain)
  • La locanda della 6ª felicità (Italy)
  • Gospoda szóstego dobrodziejstwa (Poland)
  • De herberg van het zesde geluk (Netherlands)
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  • 158 min
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Did You Know?

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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 captain is talking with Gladys and says that someone will listen to anything for an extra bowl of rice. The story takes place in northern China and rice is only eaten in southern China. Noodles made from wheat was the mainstay of the Chinese diet in the north. Later in the film it appears Gladys takes a serving of rice from a large pot, and lastly on the journey with the children they come across some uncooked rice which Gladys picks it up. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Ingrid (1984). See more »
Soundtracks THE CHILDREN'S MARCHING SONG (THIS OLD MAN) See more »
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 »
Quotes [Robert Donat's final line in his final film]
The Mandarin: We shall not see each other again, I think. Farewell, Jen-Ai.
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