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The Magic Garden (1951)

The Pennywhistle Blues (original title)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Tommy Machaka ...
The Thief
Harriet Qubeka ...
Mrs. Sakabona
David Mukwanazi ...
Lucas Ranku (as David Mnkwanazi)
Dolly Rathebe ...
Lili Shabalala
Victor Cwayi ...
John, Lili's beau (as Victor Cwai)
Grinsell Nongauza ...
Mr. Shabalala (as Grinsell Nogauza)
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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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5 February 1952 (USA)  »

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The Magic Garden  »

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1.37 : 1
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Glad to find reference to Pennywhistle Blues
15 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

phyllisbrookss has it exactly right. I too have been haunted by the memory of seeing Pennywhistle Blues in the 50s. I have also been haunted by its opening theme, which is running in my head right now. I am delighted to learn that it can be found on tape. It ought to be re-saved on DVD as well, so that it does not follow tape into obsolescence.

As has already been remarked, it must be a superior film if it lingers in the memory for 55 years. I have recalled other films this way, however, and have been disappointed when I finally saw them again. An example is O Cangaceiro, with its splendid opening scene as the bandits appear coming up from behind a ridge in silhouette. That scene turns out to be much shorter than I remembered it, and one hears far too little of "Mulher rendera" as a result. Other music in this film does not last as long as I recalled it, either.

So I hope that the music I remember from Pennywhistle Blues lives up to my recollections of it. From previous comments, it seems that it may.


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