Anna and the King of Siam

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More serious and less colorful than The King And I, Anna And The King Of Siam is still a well-crafted and elaborate spectacle. Leonowens Irene Dunne and her son travel to the tiny kingdom of Siam, where she has been hired to teach Western ways and culture to the multitudes of children sired by the King Rex Harrison. All too soon, however, the King and Anna clash over the differences in their ways and cultures; Anna is also drawn into a palace romance between the concubine, Tuptim Linda Darnell, and another man, ...
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More serious and less colorful than The King And I, Anna And The King Of Siam is still a well-crafted and elaborate spectacle. Leonowens Irene Dunne and her son travel to the tiny kingdom of Siam, where she has been hired to teach Western ways and culture to the multitudes of children sired by the King Rex Harrison. All too soon, however, the King and Anna clash over the differences in their ways and cultures; Anna is also drawn into a palace romance between the concubine, Tuptim Linda Darnell, and another man, which ends in tragedy. Whereas The King And I focused on the budding relationship between Anna and the King, the non-musical version is a more straightforward reading of Margaret Landon's book about the real Anna Leonowens. Harrison made his screen debut in the role, which became synonymous with Yul Brynner in the 1956 musical version.
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Released in 1946, this is the first of four films based on material from the book by Margaret Landon about Anna Leonowens, a 19th-century schoolteacher who becomes a governess to the King of Siam's many children. Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison are the leads in this historical drama that is a faithful adaptation of real-life events, hindered somewhat by the casting of the obviously very Western Harrison as a Siamese monarch. It would be 53 years later before filmmakers approached the material again with an equally serious, sumptuous and historically meticulous attitude, in the Jodie Foster 1999 vehicle Anna and the King. In between, the more successful, more famous, and more frivolous musical version, The King and I (1956), became a theatrical evergreen. And an animated version of The King and I (1998) was made. Besides being the first, the original Anna and the King of Siam has the advantage of a historically accurate attitude without the imposition of later, anachronistic notions of political correctness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 086162180538
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Anna Leonowens
Rex Harrison The King of Siam
Linda Darnell Tuptim
Lee J. Cobb Kralahome
Gale Sondergaard Lady Thiang
John Abbott Phya Phrom
Marjorie Eaton Miss MacFarlane
William Edmunds Moonshee
Helena Grant Mrs. Cartwright
Dennis Hoey Sir Edward
Connie Leon Beebe
Richard Lyon Louis Owens
Stanley Mann Mr. Cartwright
Neyle Morrow Phra Palat
Mikhail Rasumny Alak
Tito Renaldo Prince (older)
Addison Richards Capt. Orton
Julian Rivero Government Clerk
Mickey Roth Prince (younger)
Leonard Strong Interpreter
Jean Wong Amazon Guard
Dian van den Ecker Princess Fa-Ying
Si-Lan Chen Dance Director
Buff Cobb Wife of King
Lillian Molieri Wife of King
Marianne Quon Wife of King
Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Sally Benson Screenwriter
Bonnie Cashin Costumes/Costume Designer
William S. Darling Score Composer, Production Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Frank E. Hughes Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Talbot Jennings Screenwriter
Harmon Jones Editor
Louis D. Lighton Producer
Thomas K. Little Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Bernard Wheeler Score Composer
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer
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