With Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb, John Abbott, Gale Sondergaard, Dennis Hoey, Leonard Strong, Mikhail Rasumny, Mickey Roth, Richard Lyon, William Edmunds, Connie Leon
Anna and the King of Siam is a 1946 drama film directed by John Cromwell. An adaptation of the 1944 novel by Margaret Landon, it was based on the fictionalized diaries of Anna Leonowens, an Anglo-Indian woman who claimed to be British and became governess in the Royal Court of Siam during the 1860s. Darryl F. Zanuck read Landon's book in galleys and immediately bought the film rights.
The story mainly concerns the culture clash of the Imperialist Victorian values of the British Empire with the supposedly autocratic rule of Siam's King Mongkut. The successful film starred Rex Harrison as the king and Irene Dunne as Anna. At the 19th Academy Awards ceremony, the film received two Oscars; for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Nominations also went to Bernard Herrmann's score, to the screenplay and to supporting actress Gale Sondergaard.
Landon's novel was later adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein for their 1951 stage musical The King and I and subsequent 1956 film of the same name. American film director Andy Tennant remade the film in 1999 as Anna and the King with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat.