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The King and I Overview:

The King and I (1956) was a Drama - Family Film directed by Walter Lang and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Charles Brackett.

The film was based on the musical of the same name written by Oscar Hammerstein II performed at the St. James Theatre, NY from Mar 29, 1951 - Mar 20, 1954.

Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorYul BrynnerWon
Best ActressDeborah KerrNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Lyle R. Wheeler, John DeCuir; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Paul S. FoxWon
Best CinematographyLeon ShamroyNominated
Best Costume DesignIrene SharaffWon
Best DirectorWalter LangNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred Newman, Ken DarbyWon
Best PictureCharles Brackett, ProducerNominated
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Classic Movie Travels: Nova Scotia, Canada – The King and I, and Titanic

By Annmarie Gatti on Apr 15, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Classic Movie Travel Sites in Halifax, Nova Scotia I had the pleasure of visiting Nova Scotia over the summer, and as any true-blue Classic Movie Fan would do, I just had to find some classic-movie-related sites to make my trip complete! That said, I’d like to share some photos and a youtube c... Read full article


Irene Sharaff’s Costumes for The King and I

By Virginie Pronovost on Oct 30, 2016 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

I had a lot of pleasure when I wrote about Cecil Beaton’s costumes for My Fair Lady for The 31 Days of Oscars Blogathons (the crafts). So, when Christina Wenher and Into the Writer Lea announced  their Characters in Costume Blogfest, I thought it was a most appealing idea. I obviously wanted t... Read full article


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Win Tickets to see “The King and I” on the Big Screen! in Select Cinemas Nationwide August 28 & August 31! CMH is thrilled to announce the next of our monthly movie ticket giveaways this year, courtesy of Fathom Events! That said, this month, we’ll be giving away SIX PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM... Read full article


The King and I (1956)

By Beatrice on Apr 1, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The King and I Directed by Walter Lang Written by Ernest Lehman based on the musical play by Oscar Hammerstein III based on Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon 1956/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant When Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr begin to polka, ... Read full article


Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection on Blu-ray: The King and I (1956)

on May 20, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

Next to The Sound of Music, everyone knows the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I.  Their celebrity status probably is the reason both have similar plotlines: A governess out of her depth travels to a new place to teach a powerful’s man children, of which there’s several.  Wh... Read full article


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Quotes from

King: ...Pairs of male elephants to be released into the forests of America. There it is hoped that they will grow in number and the people can tame them and use them as beasts of burden.
Anna: But your majesty, I don't think you mean pairs of MALE elephants.


King: Now, shall Mr. Lingkong be winning this war he is fighting at present?
Anna: No one knows really.
King: Well, does he have enough guns and elephants for transporting things?
Anna: I don't think they have elephants in America, your majesty.
King: No elephants? No wonder he is not winning war!


Anna: In your house she's just another woman. Like a bowl of rice is a bowl of rice no different from any other bowl of rice.
King: Now you understand about women! So, many English books talk about love etc etc etc ha!
Anna: You disapprove?
King: It is a silly complication of a general simplicity. A woman is designed for pleasing man that is all. A man is deigned to be pleased by many women
Anna: Then how do you explain, your majesty, that many men remain faithful to one wife
King: They are sick.
Anna: Oh, but you do expect women to be faithful?
King: Naturally!
Anna: Well why naturally?
King: Because it is natural. It is like old Siamese saying. A girl is like a blossom, with honey for just one man. A man is like a honey bee and gather all he can. To fly from blossom to blossom a honey must be free. But blossom must not ever fly from bee to bee to bee.
Anna: Hee hee. Oh your majesty in England we have a far different attitude. We believe for a man to be truly happy he must love one woman and one woman only.
King: This idea was invented by woman.
Anna: Oh but it's a great idea your majesty and in England we're brought up with it. When your young and at your first dance.
King: Young girl? They dance also. Like I see you in arms of stranger tonight not a husband.
Anna: Why of course!
King: I would not permit it.
Anna: Ha when your young and at your first dance, and your sitting on a small guilt chair with your eyes lowered, terrified that you'll be a wall flower. Suddenly, you see two black shoes, a white waist coat, a face, it speaks.


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Facts about

Marlon Brando was briefly considered for the role of the King of Siam.
Both Yul Brynner and writer Ernest Lehman were determined to include the song "Is a Puzzlement" in the film, but this idea was refused by hands-on producer and 20th Century Fox head, Darryl F. Zanuck. He did relent on this to the extent that if he deemed that the film needed it upon completion, then he would allow for re-shoots. This is exactly what happened. "Is a Puzzlement" was shot, as indeed was an opening sequence showing Anna and her son arriving in Bangkok, all to the tune of an additional $400,000.
Yul Brynner won the 1952 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Musical for "The King and I" as the King of Siam and recreated his role in the movie version.
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