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Anna and the King 

A stern schoolteacher clashes with an aristocratic 19th-century king.
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1972  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Yul Brynner ...  King Mongkut / ... 13 episodes, 1972
Samantha Eggar ...  Anna Leonowens / ... 13 episodes, 1972
Keye Luke ...  Kralahome 13 episodes, 1972
Eric Shea ...  Louis Leonowens / ... 13 episodes, 1972
Brian Tochi ...  Prince Chulalongkorn 13 episodes, 1972
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In 1862, a strong American schoolteacher, with her young son, travels to Siam to serve as the personal educator to the King's many children. Though Anna and the King often clash due to their disparate personalities and cultures, a respect grows between them. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna en de koning van Siam See more »

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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview given at the time of the series' short run, Yul Brynner claimed that some of the props used were actually from the the 1946 film "Anna and the King of Siam." (Special mention was made the the King's throne; according the Brynner, the throne he had used in the 1956 film "The King and I" had been sold off at studio-sanctioned auction.) See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
King Mongkut: Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
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All fail the king
15 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This television series marked the surrender of Yul Brynner to the role that made him. Even though the television show was not a success it marked for Brynner the fact he would never escape being King Mongkut of Siam. For the rest of his life Brynner would be the King of Siam be it here or in various revivals of The King And I.

Watching the pilot I noted that no real mention of The King And I was made. That the title was Anna And The King is noteworthy as the fact that not a note of Rodgers&Hammerstein's music is heard.

The King And I is a favorite Broadway show of mine and this TV series was a let down. I suspect for Yul Brynner as well, he was probably just as happy it went for 13 episodes and he could get back to the big screen and for stock company revivals of The King And I. I have to say it was jarring to hear a laugh track on this show. Not unusual for a television comedy, but almost sacrilegious for one of Broadway's most prestigious shows.

I would also love to know whose idea it was to make the Anna Leonowens character an American. And then hire Samantha Eggar an English actress to play her. That truly does not compute.

Poor Keye Luke who played the Kralahome must have also been grateful the series was canceled. In The King And I and in Anna And The King Of Siam which was a dramatic version of the Margaret Landon book that starred Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison. The Kralahome is a fierce character and an antagonist of the schoolteacher. Here Keye Luke looks and sounds like a blithering idiot.

This might have made an interesting series, but it certainly was done all wrong here.


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