The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

Mark Robson (1958)

PG Certificate
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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".


English servant Gladys Aylward fulfills her dream of becoming a missionary in China. Working from a roadside inn used by mule caravans, she ends up caring for dozens of orphans, who she courageously leads to safety through hostile and mountainous territory during the Sino-Japanese War. Fact-based drama, starring Ingrid Bergman, with Curt Jurgens, Ronald Squire and Robert Donat.

Cast & Crew

Gladys Aylward Ingrid Bergman
Capt Lin Nan Curt Jurgens
Mandarin Robert Donat
Sir Francis Jamison Ronald Squire
Miss Thompson Noel Hood
Mrs Lawson Athene Seyler
Yang Peter Chong
Mr Murfin Richard Wattis
Li Burt Kwouk
Director Mark Robson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD