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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


?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

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.


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: [chanting to Buddha before banquet preparations] Help also Mrs. Anna to keep awake for scientific sewing of dresses, even though she be only a woman and a Christian and therefore unworthy of your interest!
Anna: [greatly offended, rising] Your Majesty!
King: A promise is a promise! Head must not be higher than mine! A promise!


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Facts about

Although this movie was filmed and promoted in the then-new 55 mm CinemaScope 55, it was actually shown in the standard 35 mm CinemaScope, with 4-channel stereo rather than the 6-channel stereo originally promised. CinemaScope 55 was discarded after being used on only two feature films (this and Carousel).
One of the background voices in the "Small House of Uncle Thomas" sequence is that of a young Marilyn Horne.
Marni Nixon was hired on a six-week contract, and she was to be at the studio every day that Deborah Kerr rehearsed a scene with a song in it. Nixon would actually stand next to Kerr and walk through the whole scene - both of them singing - and Nixon would be looking closely at Kerr's facial expressions to try to imitate her speech pattern in the songs.
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