Deborah Kerr plays English widow Anna Leonowens, who comes to Siam in the 1860s to tutor the many wives and children of the country's progressive King. Through Anna, the King learns the refineries and responsibilities of "modern" western civilisation; Anna meanwhile comes to realise how important it is for an Oriental ruler to maintain his pride and to uphold the customs of his people. Despite the many rifts between them, Anna and the monarch come to respect one another. When the King dies, Anna agrees to stay on to offer help and advice to the new ruler of Siam, young Prince Chulalongkhorn. Most of the Broadway musical's best songs ("Getting to Know You", "Whistle a Happy Tune", "A Puzzlement", "Shall We Dance" etc.) feature in this musical film classic featuring Yul Brynner in the role that made him a star and with which he will forever be identified.