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The King and I

The King and I

Director: Walter Lang Cast: Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
, Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
, Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
, Martin Benson
Martin Benson
Walter Lang
The King and I

The King and I

Director: Walter Lang Cast: Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
, Yul Brynner
Yul Brynner
, Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
, Martin Benson
Martin Benson
Walter Lang




The King and I, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1951 Broadway musical hit, was based on Margaret Landon's book Anna and the King of Siam. Since 20th-Century-Fox had made a film version of the Landon book in 1946, that studio had first dibs on the movie adaptation of The King and I. Deborah Kerr plays English widow Anna Leonowens, who comes to Siam in the 1860s to tutor the many wives and children of the country's progressive King (Yul Brynner, recreating his Broadway role-and winning an Oscar in the process). The culture clash between Anna and the King is but one aspect of their multilayered relationship. Through Anna, the King learns the refineries and responsibilities of "modern" western civilization; Anna meanwhile comes to realize how important it is for an Oriental ruler to maintain his pride and to uphold the customs of his people. After a successful evening entertaining foreign dignitaries, Anna and the King celebrate with an energetic dance, but this is cut short by a bitter quarrel over the cruel punishment of the King's new Burmese wife Tuptim (Rita Moreno), who has dared to fall in love with someone else. Despite the many rifts between them, Anna and the monarch come to respect and (to a degree) love one another. When the King dies, Anna agrees to stay on to offer help and advice to the new ruler of Siam, young Prince Chulalongkhorn (Patrick Adiarte). In general, The King and I tends to be somewhat stagey, with the notable exception of the matchless "Small House of Uncle Thomas" ballet, which utilizes the Cinemascope 55 format to best advantage (the process also does a nice job of "handling" Deborah Kerr's voluminous hoopskirts). Most of the Broadway version's best songs ("Getting to Know You," "Whistle a Happy Tune," "A Puzzlement," "Shall We Dance" etc.) are retained. None of the omissions are particularly regrettable, save for Anna's solo "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" This feisty attack on the King's chauvinism was specially written to suit the talents of Gertrude Lawrence, who played Anna in the original production; the song was cut from the film because it made Deborah Kerr seem "too bitchy" (Kerr's singing, incidentally, is dubbed for the most part by the ubiquitous Marni Nixon). When all is said and done, the principal attraction of The King and I is Yul Brynner, in the role that made him a star and with which he will forever be identified.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
UPC: 0024543839477
Original Release: 1956
Rating: G
Source: 20Th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Anna Leonowens
Yul Brynner The King of Siam
Rita Moreno Tuptim
Martin Benson Kralahome
Terry Saunders Lady Thiang
Rex Thompson Louis Leonowens
Carlos Rivas Lun Tha
Patrick Adiarte Prince Chulalongkorn
Alan Mowbray British Ambassador
Geoffrey Toone Ramsay
Yuriko Eliza, in ballet
Marion Jim Simon Legree, in ballet
Robert Banas Keeper of the Dogs
Dusty Worrall Uncle Thomas, in ballet
Gernze de Lappe Specialty Dancer
Charles Irwin Ship's Captain
Leonard Strong Interpreter
Jadin Wong Amazon
Jean Wong Amazon
Weaver Levy Whipping Guard
William Yip High Priest
Eddie Luke Messenger
Josephine Smith Guest at Palace
Thomas and Dennis Bonifla Twins
Fuji Actor
Marni Nixon Anna (singing)

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Charles Brackett Producer
Ken Darby Score Composer
John De Cuir Production Designer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Robbins Choreography
Richard Rodgers Score Composer
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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