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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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Mrs. St. Maugham
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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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Trivia

In an early-'60s interview, producer Ross Hunter deemed the original English setting "dreary" and announced he was resetting the film in scenic Carmel, California, but obviously had second thoughts. See more »

Goofs

As Maitland and Miss Madrigal leave the village shop the view through the car's rear window shows them go round a corner and then straighten, however Maitland does not move the car's steering wheel. See more »

Quotes

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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A must to see
8 January 2001 | by (st. pete, fl usa) – See all my reviews

It is a film about lies, stories untold, and murder. We enter seeing things one way and then at the end see it another. I am a MAJOR Hayley Mills fan and when I saw this on the AMC channel, I just had to see it. What a movie! It got drawn into it and was held to the end. Deborah Karr plays the role of a new/temp governess of a mean spirited child(Hayley) who can do nothing but lie. Something Deborah's character has in common. We watch as they both try to wear each other down. I was a little surprised to see Hayley bite into a role so unlike her others, and see how well she does. Deborah gives a great performance here as does John Mills(Hayley's real dad) as the caretaker.

The one who really steals the show is (Dame)Edith Evans. She is fantastic. It's hard to believe that she is older than her character, yet they had to age her for the film so she would look old enough for the role!


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