ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
This 1956 classic was the first musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein that John DeCuir worked on. The film adaption was planned to feature the talents of Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner, but sadly Lawrence passed away before production began. Upon the recommendation of Yul Brynner, the role of Anna was given to Deborah Kerr, while Marni Nixon provided Anna’s singing voice.
The King and I was one of two films that was shot in CinemaScope 55, a 55 millimeter film with 6-audio channels that was supposed to revolutionize filming. The format was used as part of the promotion of the film, but was released in the standard CinemaScope 35 with 4-audio channels. However, in 1961 it was finally released in its full glory.