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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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BlogHub Articles:

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


“TCM Big Screen Classics: The King and I” Movie Event Ticket Giveaway (August 5 – August 20)

By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 5, 2016 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

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

Anna: This girl hurt your vanity... she didn't hurt your heart! You have no heart! You've never loved anyone and you never will.


Kralahome: [to Anna] Why are you so blind; have you no eyes to see? King tries impossible task - wishing to be scientific man who know all modern things... He will only tear himself in two, trying to be something he can never be!
Anna: Of course he can never be, if those who are closest to him are unwilling to help him!
Kralahome: You do not know King as well as you think you do. You believe you have great influence over him. You will end up as his slave-like all the others!


King: You will say no more!
Anna: I will say no more, because there is no more to say!


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Facts about

The short scene in which Anna is taken through the streets of Bangkok to the King's palace by the royal entourage required 25 sets on a three-acre area on the Fox backlot, not counting the stables for the elephants used in the sequence.
It was announced, early on, that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II would write a set of new songs for this film adaptation of their 1951 hit Broadway musical, but of course, this didn't come to pass.
Dorothy Dandridge was the original choice for the role of Tuptim. It has been reported that Miss Dandridge, who had just made history as the first African American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in Carmen Jones, was strongly advised to refuse the role because Tuptim was a slave. The role went to Rita Moreno, who was of Puerto Rican descent.
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