🎥 Anna & The King of Siam – 1946
The Story …
In 1862, Anna Owens arrives in Bangkok with her son Louis to tutor the children of the King. Her letter from the King asking her to come to Siam includes a promise that she will have a house of her own away from the Palace, but the Kralahome (Prime Minister) says she will have to stay in the harem for now.
Anna goes to the Kralahome’s office the next day and asks him to introduce her to the King so she can get the house business straightened out and start her school. When she meets the King, he tells her it is polite to prostrate oneself before him; Anna says she will bow as she would to her own Queen …
Mongkut introduces her to his many wives and his 67 children and insists she live in the palace, where she will be more accessible. When she insists, she is shown a sleazy house in the fish market, but rejects it and stays in the palace, starting her school there. He finally cedes to Anna on the matter of the house.
Mongkut begins summoning Anna in the middle of the night to discuss the Bible and other scholarly matters. On the way back from one of these sessions, she discovers a chained slave with a baby. This is L’Ore, who belongs to Lady Tuptim, the King’s newest wife. Tuptim refuses to let L’Ore go, even though L’Ore’s husband has offered to pay for her. Anna reminds the King that his own law requires that slaves must be freed if the money is offered. Tuptim runs away.
Mongkut expects English visitors and asks Anna to dress some of his prettiest wives in European style and to provide English-style decor and utensils to show that he is not a barbarian. Anna suggests that the King invite consuls to come from other countries at the same time.
The party is a great success, combining British, European, and Siamese traditions and convincing the visitors that Siam is a civilized nation with a proud history.
Lady Tuptim is found in a Buddhist temple, disguised as a young man. At trial, she explains she couldn’t stand being shut up, and so disguised herself and went to the monastery, where she was accepted as a novice and studied with Phra Palat, her former fiancé, who took holy vows when Tuptim was presented to the king. No one believes her story.
Anna begs the King’s help, but he is insulted that she even knows about such a private matter. Anna loses her temper and tells the king he has no heart. Phra Palat and Tuptim are both burned at the stake.
Anna decides that she has had enough and says goodbye to the children. The royal wives read her a letter pleading with her to stay. Lady Thiang says that the crown prince may not grow up to be a good king if Anna doesn’t stay to educate him.
At the same time, Louis dies in a riding accident. When the King asks Anna to continue secretarial duties, she says, “It’s the children I want,” and goes on with her school.
Many years later, Anna is summoned to the bedside of the dying King. The King says that Anna spoke the truth to him and was a good influence on the children. He expresses his gratitude and dies. The Kralahome asks Anna to stay and help the prince.
When Chulalongkorn is crowned, his first act is to abolish the practice of prostration before the King so that everyone can respect each other and work together.
- Directed by John Cromwell
- Screenplay by Talbot Jennings and Sally Benson
- Based on Anna and the King of Siam 1944 novel by Margaret Landon
- Produced by Louis D. Lighton
- Cinematography : Arthur C. Miller
- Edited by Harmon Jones
- Music by Bernard Herrmann
- Production Company : Twentieth Century Fox
- Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
- Release Date : June 20, 1946
- Irene Dunne as Anna Owens
- Rex Harrison as King Mongkut
- Linda Darnell as Tuptim
- Lee J. Cobb as Kralahome
- Gale Sondergaard as Lady Thiang
- Mikhail Rasumny as Alak
- Dennis Hoey as Sir Edward
- Tito Renaldo as Prince Chulalongkorn (older)
- Richard Lyon as Louis Owens
- John Abbott as Phya Phrom
- Marjorie Eaton as Miss MacFarlane
- William Edmunds as Moonshee
- Connie Leon as Beebe
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