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The Chalk Garden (1964)

A grandmother (Edith Evans) seeks a governess for her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills), who manages to drive away every one so far by exposing their past, with a record... See full summary »

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Ronald Neame

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Enid Bagnold (from the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Miss Madrigal
Hayley Mills ... Laurel
John Mills ... Maitland
Edith Evans ... Mrs. St. Maugham
Felix Aylmer ... Judge McWhirrey
Elizabeth Sellars ... Olivia
Lally Bowers ... Anna
Toke Townley Toke Townley ... Shop Clerk
Tonie MacMillan Tonie MacMillan ... Mrs. Williams
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Storyline

A grandmother (Edith Evans) seeks a governess for her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills), who manages to drive away every one so far by exposing their past, with a record of three in one week. When an applicant with a mysterious past manages to get the job, Laurel vows to expose her. Meanwhile, Laurel's married-divorced-married pregnant mother Olivia (Elizabeth Sellars) tries to get her back. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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One was defying life and grasping for love...the other one was defying love and fleeing from life! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazones heridos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ingrid Bergman was attached to this at one point. See more »

Goofs

The wall clock in the kitchen where Laurel, Miss Madrigal, and Maitland discuss the judge's visit changes from 9:30 to 6:30 between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anna: Excuse me. Would Mrs. St. Maugham live here?
Maitland: She would.
Anna: [pointing to the newspaper in her hand] I'm sorry, I came in answer to the advertisement.
Maitland: There's no need to be sorry... at least not yet. Come in please.
Anna: [entering the house] Ooh, goodness me, it's very grand, isn't it.
Maitland: Built like a fort. It has to be.
Anna: [grabbing Maitland's arm] Pardon me, but are there many others?
Maitland: You're number six.
Anna: [shocked] So many?
[...]
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Louis Armstrong (2) (1964) See more »

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A Small Movie with a Great message
18 December 2010 | by tlfravel-1See all my reviews

Like other reviewers I have waited for years for "The Chalk Garden" to come out on DVD. I don't know if it is or not, but it should be listed as one of the best movies of the 1960's. It is small movie, meaning not a big blockbuster or big named stars. Oh, I know Deborah Kerr and Haley Mills are well known, but even in 1964 they were not considered "big stars".

This movie has drama, suspense, surprises, great characters and is so well acted. John Mills, Haley's father, is so subtle in his role as Maitland. Dame Edith Evans, as the child's over indulgent grandmother is superb. Haley Mills is delightful as the teenager just trying to yell at the world "Look at me, I matter". And Deborah Kerr, who is among my favorite actors, gives as always a subtle, striking performance. She makes me wish I had a governess, and it was her. I am 55 and I saw this film many, many years ago as a kid, and have always loved it. My mom and I used to watch it all time when it showed up on TV. I would periodically check out Netflix to see if was available to rent, also checked out Amazon to buy. Could never get it on either one. (Still can't find it on Netflix). I decided a few weeks ago to try Amazon again, and there it was to my pleasant surprise. Now I can pass on this treasure to my nieces. I just hope they love it as much as I. As I said it is a small movie w/a great message: Children need to be heard and listen to, but also loved and given boundaries. And all people big and small, just want to be valued.


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