The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness


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Alan Burgess' novel The Small Woman was the source for the British/American co-production Inn of the Sixth Happiness. Set in the China of the 1930s, the film stars Ingrid Bergman as real-life missionary Gladys Aylward. Against the advice of practically everyone, Gladys heads into the war-ravaged interior to spread the Christian gospel. She finds a powerful ally in the form of an elderly Mandarin (Robert Donat) who, despite his early efforts to rid himself of the troublesome Gladys, eventually … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Burgess, Isobel Lennart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
20th Century Fox


as Gladys Aylward

as Capt. Lin Nan

as Mandarin

as Sir Francis Jamison

as Miss Thompson

as Dr. Robinson

as Secretary

as Mr. Murfin

as Mrs. Lawson

as Prison Guard

as Young Lin

as Sui-Lan

as Mai-Da

as Mandarin's Aide

as Woman With Baby

as Bai Boa

as Sixpence

as Timothy

as Russian Commissar

as Russian Conductor

as Innkeeper's Wife

as Chief Muleteer

as Tax Collector

as Buddhist Priest
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Critic Reviews for The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 19, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is an inspiring story and a well made movie. It has the historical epic feel you'd expect from a film with such scope.

Full Review… | March 9, 2014
7M Pictures

If you're put off by the missionary impulse, then this film probably isn't for you-even though Bergman brings an honest earnestness to the film that's hard to resist.

Full Review… | February 11, 2014
Movie Metropolis

Mark Robson's loose adaptation of a British missionary's tale is well intentioned and well acted by Ingrod Bergman, but suffers from the casting of the Asian roles with actors like Robert Donat or Curt Jurgens.

Full Review… | June 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

Finely wrought drama of a truly brave selfless woman. Not a lot of Hollywood artifice just a simple story of someone who felt a calling and pursued it with single minded determination to find it made her life one of meaning and importance. Ingrid Bergman is perfectly cast here and give a beautiful performance supported by a fine Curt Jurgens and especially the touching and dignified Robert Donat in his last film. A winner.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Ingrid Bergman is both beautiful and compelling in this story of an English missionary in China. Her presence elevates what would otherwise be an ethnocentric and somewhat dated film.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Extraordinary and courage true story of an English missionary, Glady Aylward, in China who leaded 100 orphaned Chinese children to safety across enemy-hold terrian through WWII.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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