Manly P. Hall: Anna's King of Siam - The True Story

Originally recorded in Los Angeles on June 21, 1959. In the wake of the (then) recent popular musical and movie, "The King and I", Mr. Hall felt that he might add some historical and interesting facts about the story of Anna Leonowens and King Mongkut, who taught his children proper English and western culture in 1862. Her diaries were fictionalized by Margaret Langdon (published 1944), which inspired a 1946 movie as well.

*At the beginning of the lecture, Mr. Hall quips about the leaky ceiling of the venue, which was the Campus Theater at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and (1020) N. Vermont Ave. The building still stands and there are plans to reopen it as the "Hollywood Vermont" music hall. This was one of the last Sunday lectures he gave before the opening of the PRS Auditorium the following month, where he lectured until his death in 1990. The PRS Auditorium is still open for public events (when health measures permit) and is located at headquarters on Los Feliz Blvd.

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