The King and I 1956

The King and I

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In this film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens (Deborah Kerr) becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam (Yul Brynner). Anna and the king have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the king.

Cast

Yul Brynner
as King Mongkut of Siam
Deborah Kerr
as Anna Leonowens
Terry Saunders
as Lady Thiang
Martin Benson
as Kralahome
Rex Thompson
as Louis Leonowens
Carlos Rivas
as Lun Tha
Patrick Adiarte
as Prince Chulalongkorn
Alan Mowbray
as Sir John Hay
Geoffrey Toone
as Sir Edward Ramsay
Yuriko
as Eliza
Marion Jim
as Simon Legree
Robert Banas
as Keeper of the Dogs
Dusty Worrall
as Uncle Thomas
Gemze de Lappe
as Specialty Dancer
Michiko Iseri
as Angel in Ballet
Charles Irwin
as Ship's Captain
Leonard Strong
as Interpreter
Irene James
as Siamese Girl
Fuji
as Whipping Guard
Jadin Wong
as Amazon
Weaver Levy
as Whipping Guard
Jean Wong
as Amazon
William Yip
as High Priest
Eddie Luke
as Messenger
Josephine Smith
as Guest at Palace
Jocelyn New
as Princess Ying Yoowalak
Marni Nixon
as Anna (singing)
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  • Nov 15, 2013
    Is it stereotypical and a bit overwrought? Of course. Did Yul Brynner wish that he didn't have to reprise this role on stage umpteen times? I'm sure he would have...but I suppose the money was great. Brynner is wonderful at projecting both the strengths and limitations of the King.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2013
    An English teacher takes up residence in the King of Siam's palace. There are some films that succumb to what I call the "D.W. Griffiths Effect." Lawrence of Arabia is the first one that pops into my mind. The film is racist in our time but isn't in its own. So the film becomes stuck in its own era, unable to transcend to the timeless. Few films are so well-made and of themselves delightful that a conscientious critic can both enjoy and abhor it at the same time. The King and I is one of the latter. Certainly subject to the D.W. Griffiths Effect, with Yul Brynner speaking in a mockery of an Asian accent and little Asian kids short-stepping about in the kind of cuteness that Westerners endow the East, The King and I is nevertheless charming, and Brynner is as charismatic and wildly sexy as ever. It's a likeable film, harmless in its simplicity and eminently hummable. The best that can be said of Deborah Kerr is that she is able to move in a massive dress. Overall, there are some people who argue that the D.W. Griffiths Effect is bullshit, that we should judge a film based on its own time, and they must love this film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2013
    Great musical if not somewhat racist with Yul Brynner playing an Asian king.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2009
    The Remake was better just like the Original one.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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