- "Anna and the King: The Real Story of Anna Leonowens" as seen on BIOGRAPHY
- Movietone New Footage of the premiere
- Theatrical trailer
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 24, 2005
- Originally Released: 1946
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1946 -
Best Black-and-White Interior Decoration
Academy Awards 1946 -
Best Cinematography: Arthur Miller
Description by OLDIES.com:
This charming drama about a most unconventional Asian king and the British woman he hires to run a school for his wives and many children is based on the real-life memoirs of Anna Leonowens and her experiences in Siam. Novelized by Margaret Landon, this is the story of the "exasperating" Anna (Irene Dunne) caught in the excesses of the royal court of King Mongkut of Siam (Rex Harrison). His heart is torn between tradition and the wish to be scientifically modern. Her heart is deeply affected by the exuberant king and his exotic children.
Based on a true story, John Cromwell's ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM stars Irene Dunne as Anna Owens, a recently widowed young mother who accepts employment as the governess for King Mongkut of Siam (Rex Harrison). In Siam, she finds that her highly intelligent employer is also a backward tyrant with a childlike temperament. Using her strength of will and getting help from the king's first wife, Lady Thiang (Gale Sondergaaard), Anna tries to transform the king and educate his children while also preserving her own dignity.
Film studio 20th Century Fox left no stones unturned in this lavish, brilliant production. Exquisite sets, costumes, and cinematography combine with a witty, rich script and an impeccable performance by Dunne to make this one of the most enduring films of the 1940s. Director John Cromwell (THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, OF HUMAN BONDAGE) deftly blends comedy and tragedy to create a masterpiece that transcends time and cultural boundaries. The film was remade several times, most famously as the Yul Brynner-led musical extravaganza THE KING AND I.
An English governess travels to Siam to instruct the King's many children. During her stay, she and the monarch forge a loving but sometimes contentious relationship as they try to overcome their vast cultural distances.
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- The prologue to the film: "In the Victorian Era of the early 1860s a young Englishwoman, faced with the difficult problem of earning her own living, had accepted a post teaching English to the children of the King of Siam. Her arrival in Bangkok marked the beginning of the necessary but almost terrifying adventure into that strange country."