The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

  • PG
  • Mark Robson (1958)
  • UK
  • 151 min
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

Ingrid Bergman's screen appeal was usually based on the vulnerability of her characters, so for her to present the tenacity and courage of Gladys Aylward, the domestic servant who set out to bring Christianity to the peasants of China, was a considerable challenge. It's a glamorised portrayal (and one with which Aylward was not completely satisfied), but it's also a gritty and completely sympathetic performance, backed by some exceptional support playing, notably from the indomitable Athene Seyler. In the last film of a distinguished career, Robert Donat is heartbreaking as a kindly mandarin, but the spirits are sent soaring by the final chorus of "Nick knack paddy wack".

Plot Summary

Romantic drama based on a true story, starring Ingrid Bergman and Curt Jurgens. Gladys Aylward, a young English servant girl, travels to China in the 1930s to carry the Christian creed to a country ravaged by war. With a fellow missionary, she rents an old house in the town of Wangcheng. There she meets Lin Nan, a Chinese Army officer.

Cast and crew


Gladys Aylward
Ingrid Bergman
Captain Lin Nan
Curt Jurgens
Robert Donat
Sir Francis Jamison
Ronald Squire
Miss Thompson
Noel Hood
Mrs Lawson
Athene Seyler
Peter Chong
Mr Murfin
Richard Wattis
Burt Kwouk
Dr Robinson
Moultrie Kelsall
Tsai Chin


Mark Robson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG