Anna and the King of Siam Overview:

Anna and the King of Siam (1946) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by John Cromwell and produced by Louis D. Lighton.

The film was based on the biographical novel of the same name written by Margaret Landon at the fictionalized bio 1944.


Irene Dunne shines as the English governess who travels to Siam to instruct the King's many children. Based on a true story. Harrison's first Hollywood role; remade as a musical, The King and I, in 1956.

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Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActressGale SondergaardNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Lyle Wheeler, William Darling; Interior Decoration: Thomas Little, Frank E. HughesWon
Best CinematographyArthur MillerWon
Best Music - ScoringBernard HerrmannNominated
Best WritingTalbot Jennings, Sally BensonNominated

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Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

By Beatrice on Jan 26, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Anna and the King of Siam Directed by John Cromwell Written by Talbot Jennings and Sally Benson from the biography by Margaret Landon 1946/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/Netflix rental I can’t imagine the filmmakers realized just what an effective critique of col... Read full article

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In the film, Linda Darnell's character dies by being burned at the stake. This was a particularly difficult sequence for her to film, as she was terrified of fire. What makes this a double irony is the fact that, 19 years later, she was killed in a house fire.
In a scene early in the film, Anna is seen walking through an open-air market. While this scene was being filmed, an airplane passed over the set, creating a low hum on the soundtrack. Composer Bernard Herrmann was instructed to compose an accompanying score that would obscure the airplane motor. He used low gongs.
Like the similar film Anna and the King, this film was banned in Thailand because of what the Thai government said were historical inaccuracies about the King of Siam.
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