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Robert Ardrey (screenplay)
Frances Hodgson Burnett (novel)
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22 July 1949 (Brazil) See more »
A girl is sent to live with her uncle on his estate when her parents die. There she discovers much intrigue, family history and secrets and personal baggage. In particular, a screaming child and...a secret garden. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Margaret O'Brien ... Mary Lennox

Herbert Marshall ... Archibald Craven

Dean Stockwell ... Colin Craven

Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Medlock

Elsa Lanchester ... Martha

Brian Roper ... Dickon

Reginald Owen ... Ben Weatherstaff
Aubrey Mather ... Dr. Griddlestone

George Zucco ... Dr. Fortescue
Lowell Gilmore ... British Officer

Billy Bevan ... Barney
Dennis Hoey ... Mr. Pitcher
Matthew Boulton ... Mr. Bromley (as Mathew Boulton)
Isobel Elsom ... Governess

Norma Varden ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kathryn Beaumont ... Muriel (uncredited)

Leonard Carey ... Charles, the Butler (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow ... Raven (uncredited)

Elspeth Dudgeon ... Dickon's Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred M. Wilcox 
Writing credits
Robert Ardrey (screenplay)

Frances Hodgson Burnett (novel "The Secret Garden")

Produced by
Clarence Brown .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
Ray June (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern  (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Urie McCleary 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Production Management
Jay Marchant .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Gertsman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Standish J. Lambert .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Deverman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mervin Price .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
André Previn .... conductor
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Marni Nixon .... musician: singing double for Margaret O'Brien (uncredited)
Other crew
Jack Aldworth .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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92 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor) (some sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #13576)

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Dickon is supposed to be around the same age as Mary and Colin (10 years old), but the actor who portrayed him, Brian Roper, was about 20 years old at the time of filming. Margaret O'Brien and Dean Stockwell were also a few years older than the characters they played in the movie.See more »
Anachronisms: Elspeth Dudgeon who played Susan Sowerby was 78 years old, she would therefore have been well into her 60's when she gave birth to Dickon.See more »
Martha:My brother Dickon will be coming up to see thee.
Mary Lennox:Your brother?
Martha:Aye, thou'll like Dickon. What a one he is for growing things and the animals. Half lives on it, he does, almost like an animal himself.
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
If only I had a secret garden..., 10 April 2001
Author: Randy Rodman ( from United States

This film's sweet imagery and quiet pace made me long for my own secret garden. It's hard to imagine there ever was a time when people could live in this sort of peaceful solitude, with no telephones, radios or any of modern life's other annoying distractions. I strongly recommend this movie for anyone who needs a brief respite from their hectic life. It will serve as a much needed reminder of the joys of a simpler time, whether that time ever really existed or not. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to check on available cottage rentals on the moors.

P.S. While this film was originally intended for children, I doubt that any but the brightest and most thoughtful of today's kids will enjoy it, due to it's slow, deliberate pacing and complete lack of comic-book action, though the tantrum scene between Margaret O'Brien and Dean Stockwell will probably grab their attention.

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