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The Chalk Garden (1964)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  21 May 1964 (USA)
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A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel, who manages to drive away each and every one so far by exposing their past, with a record of three in one week! ... See full summary »

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A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel, who manages to drive away each and 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 mother tries to get her back. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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21 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Mystère sur la falaise  »

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Adapted from a Broadway play by Enid Bagnold that opened Oct. 26, 1955 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, ran for 182 performances and was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. The original cast included Gladys Cooper, Siobhan McKenna and 'Betsy Von Furstenberg'. 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 »

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Miss Madrigal: The heart is a house with a room for every person it loves.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 22 March 1964 (1964) See more »

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Terrific Hayley Mills performance
6 October 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In her A&E "Biography", it was revealed that child actress Hayley Mills apparently got her first mediocre notices from critics with this film, but I do not know why. Mills is engaging and colorful as a 16-year-old with a mind of her own: willful, stubborn, and bratty, she's wonderful on-screen. Deborah Kerr is also very fine, cool-headed and mysteriously reserved playing the new governess in an emotionally-unbalanced household. Talky, but entertaining, lively adaptation of Enid Bagnold's play (the title a metaphor for growing something in an improper environment). Exceptionally well-directed by Ronald Neame, who carefully allows the story to unfold like a marvelous novel--one you can get lost in. All the performers, including John Mills as the chief caretaker, are first-rate. Worth finding.


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