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Crash of Silence (1952)
"Mandy" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  March 1953 (USA)
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Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ...
Terence Morgan ...
Godfrey Tearle ...
Mr. Garland
Mandy Miller ...
Marjorie Fielding ...
Mrs. Garland
Nancy Price ...
Jane Ellis
Edward Chapman ...
Patricia Plunkett ...
Miss Crocker
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Lily Tabor
Colin Gordon ...
Woollard (Junior)
Dorothy Alison ...
Miss Stockton
Julian Amyes ...
Jimmy Tabor
Gabrielle Brune ...
The Secretary
John Cazabon ...


Mandy was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and so enrol her with a special teacher. Written by Steve Crook <>

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Mandy Miller was not hearing impaired, though many thought that she was, such was the believability of her performance. See more »


When Harry Garland, Mandy's father, precipitously leaves the flat where Mandy and Christine are staying, he departs empty handed. In the next scene, coming out of the taxi, he has the bag he had brought into the flat. See more »


Christine Garland: [heated argument] Don't you see? Because she isn't used to them that this sort of thing happens. She must learn to live with other children.
Harry Garland: We've had this out over fifty times. We've all tried to explain it.
Christine Garland: All? You mean you and your family. Your father who's so lazy he wouldn't lift a finger to help and your mother who uses Mandy as something to gush about and sentimentalise over like a, like a spinster with a lap dog.
Harry Garland: CHRIS.
Christine Garland: And YOU are ashamed of Mandy... wanting to keep her out of sight. ...
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A truly excellent film.
15 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film, as a child, and have recently seen it again. Everything about it is memorable and it's an excellent example of British film making at its best. Given the sensitive subject matter, it could easily have turned out to be sentimental tosh. In reality, it is exactly the opposite, thanks in no short measure to a quality cast of first class actors. Jack Hawkins, Phyllis Calvert and Terence Morgan are first class, though the jewel in the film's crown is young Mandy Miller in the title role. Her portrayal is very moving and quite remarkable. Whilst so many of the scenes bring a lump to the throat, this superb film is an uplifting and positive experience. Not to be missed.

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