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The Magic Garden (1951)
"The Pennywhistle Blues" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  5 February 1952 (USA)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tommy Machaka ...
The Thief
Harriet Qubeka ...
Mrs. Sakabona
David Mnkwanazi ...
Lucas Ranku
Dolly Rathebe ...
Lili Shabalala
Victor Cwai ...
John, Lili's beau
Grinsell Nogauza ...
Mr. Shabalala
Lucas Khosa ...
Isaac Wela
Linda Madikisa ...
Mrs. Wela
Jonathan Mzamo ...
Priest
George Mabuza ...
Mr. Letuli, the troubled parishioner
Joseph Motuba ...
Nicolas, store clerk
Cornelius Moghare ...
Policeman
Samuel Alcock ...
Policeman
Stanley Khali ...
Mrs. Sakabona's neighbor
Willard Cele ...
Pennywhistle player
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A mother finds money in the garden - and it changes life for a string of unfortunates.
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This must be an excellent movie -- after all, I've been thinking of it from time to time over 50 years! I saw it when it was first released in the 50's and it's stuck in my memory. A gentle, wistful tale of life in a black township, with the hero a small-time thief who plays a penny whistle. I looked for it on line when search engines were less efficient and databases smaller. Now I've found it. I'm eager to see it again.

The cast are non-professionals, but the pacing and visuals are certainly of high quality. High point: When the local police lift a garbage can lid and see the thief inside, one looks at the other and says, "Man, the housing shortage is worse than I thought." Dumb, but endearing. Especially since they carefully put the lid back on, and go on their way.

It sits in my memory beside the original Theodore Bikel "Little Kidnappers." A keeper.


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