Rogers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical, adapted from Margaret Landon's fact-based novel and the 1946 film ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM, makes a spectacularly successful move to the silver screen in the Yul Brynner tour de force THE KING AND I. Brynner, reprising the role he'd polished to perfection on stage, plays the blustering, headstrong Siamese potentate who meets his match in the form of Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr), the prim and proper English widow he's hired to oversee the rearing of his huge, unruly flock of children.
Director Walter Lang (TIN PAN ALLEY) presents THE KING AND I, one of the most popular musicals in cinema history, as a dizzyingly bountiful Technicolor feast. Kerr (aided during songs by the overdubbed voice of Marni Nixon) contributes a dynamic performance that is every bit the equal of Brynner's transcendent, career-defining turn, for which he won an Academy Award. The delightful score, which also garnered an Oscar, includes three perennial favorite show tunes: "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You," and "Shall We Dance?"
Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) 1956
Academy Awards Best Costume Design (Color) 1956
Academy Awards Best Sound Recording 1956
Academy Awards Best Actor 1956 Yul Brynner Actor/International
Academy Awards Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score 1956 Alfred Newman Composer/Conductor/D.1970
Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) 1956 Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Academy Awards Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score 1956 Ken Darby Composer/Arranger