Roger & Hammerstein turned the rights to the book into a Broadway play in 1951 and later into the movie starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. I will totally admit this is the only version I have ever seen. I have had no desire to see the cartoon one or the one with Jody Foster.
This is one of my favorite clips. I love watching Deborah's.skirt swirl around.
I love that King Mongkut wants to send elephants to Abraham Lincoln to help fight the Civil War.
No surprise the movie won the Academy Award for best costumes that year. The wardrobe is amazing.
Yul Brynner also won the best actor award for his role. Not to mention playing the King on stage 4625 times.
While looking into the movie I looked up a bit of the history surrounding Anna Leonowens who the fictionalized story is based on. She was estranged from her family but she is the great aunt of Boris Karloff.
If you have never seen the movie or read the book you will not be disappointed.
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