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Inn of the Sixth Happiness, The

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (arr. Takayoshi Suzuki)

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General Info

Year: 1958
Duration: c. 13:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. London Prelude – 4:15
2. Romantic Interlude – 3:05
3. Happy Ending – 5:45


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Program Notes

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is a film soundtrack based on the true story of missionary Gladys Aylward, a British maid who guided 100 children through enemy territory and into safety during the Chinese/Japanese war. This drama was based on a book called The Small Woman by Alan Burgess.

- Program Note from liner notes for Mark CD Chunk

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness is a 1958 20th Century Fox film based on the true story of Gladys Aylward, a tenacious British woman, who became a missionary in China during the tumultuous years leading up to the Second World War. Directed by Mark Robson, who received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, the film stars Ingrid Bergman as Aylward and Curt Jürgens as her love interest, Captain Lin Nan, a Chinese officer with a Dutch father. The musical score was composed and conducted by Malcolm Arnold.

The story begins with Aylward being rejected as a potential missionary to China because of her lack of education. Dr. Robinson (Moultrie Kelsall), the senior missionary, feels sorry for her and secures her a position in the home of a veteran explorer with contacts in China. Over the next few months, Aylward saves her money to purchase a ticket on the Trans-Siberian railway, choosing the more dangerous overland route to the East because it is less expensive. The film culminates with the column of children, led by Aylward, marching into the county, singing the song This Old Man to keep up their spirits.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

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