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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Details


Alan Burgess' novel was the source for the British/American co-production Inn of the Sixth Happiness. Set in the China of the 1930s, the film stars Ingrid Bergman as real-life missionary Gladys Aylward. Against the advice of practically everyone, Gladys heads into the war-ravaged interior to spread the Christian gospel. She finds a powerful ally in the form of an elderly Mandarin (Robert Donat) who, despite his early efforts to rid himself of the troublesome Gladys, eventually converts to Christianity. Gladys' burgeoning romance with Chinese army officer Lin Nan (Curt Jurgens) is interrupted when she is obliged to guide a group of Chinese children to safety over some of the most treacherous of Northern China's mountain regions. Inn of the Sixth Happiness retains its entertainment value some four decades after its production, even allowing for the preponderance of Occidental actors in Oriental roles. The film also served to breathe new life into the old children's nonsense song "This Old Man" (aka "Knick, Knack, Paddywhack"). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 11, 1958


Awarded by
National Board of Review Ingrid Bergman Best Actress 1958 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ingrid Bergman Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1958 Nominee
National Board of Review Robert Donat Special Citation 1958 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Donat Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1958 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Mark Robson Best Director 1958 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark Robson Best Director 1958 Nominee


Ingrid Bergman
as Gladys Aylward
Curd Jürgens
as Capt. Lin Nan
Robert Donat
as Mandarin
Ronald Squire
as Sir Francis Jamison
Noel Hood
as Miss Thompson
Peter Chong
as Yang
Moultrie Kelsall
as Dr. Robinson
Edith Sharpe
as Secretary
Richard Wattis
as Mr. Murfin
Burt Kwouk
as Li
Frank Blaine
as Madman
Tsai Chin
as One of the oldest children?
Stanislaw Mikulski
as Russian Conductor
Andre Mikhelson
as Russian Commissar
Lin Chen
as Innkeeper's Wife
Joan Young
as Cook


Mark Robson
Buddy Adler
Alan Burgess
Book Author
Isobel Lennart
Freddie Young
Malcolm Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Arnold
Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Arnold
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Walter
Geoffrey Drake
Art Director
Margaret Furse
Costume Designer
John O'Gorman