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Anna and the King of Siam

Anna and the King of Siam

John Cromwell (1946)

122min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Before Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner starred in the musical version of the story, Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison were Mrs Anna and her king in a stolid (if expensive) 20th Century-Fox adaptation of Margaret Landon's bestseller about English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. While Dunne was born to play a governess, Harrison is miscast, with facial features more appropriate to Hampstead than Thailand (James Mason was the original choice). John Cromwell's direction suffers in comparison to the liveliness of the musical version and the art direction is relentlessly Hollywood Siam, but the sets won an Oscar, as did Arthur Miller's camerawork.

Summary

A widowed English schoolteacher begins a relationship with the powerful monarch of Siam while tutoring his 67 children. Romantic drama, starring Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison and Lee J Cobb.

Cast & Crew

Anna Irene Dunne
The King Rex Harrison
Tuptin Linda Darnell
Kralahome Lee J Cobb
Lady Thiang Gale Sondergaard
Alak Mikhail Rasumny
Sir Edward Dennis Hoey
Prince, as a man Tito Renaldo
Louis Owens Richard Lyon
Monshee William Edmunds
Prince, as a boy Mickey Roth
Director John Cromwell
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Available on: Available on DVD

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