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The Chalk Garden (1964)

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 pregnant mother tries to get her back. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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MISS MADRIGAL.. why did she lay about worrying at night, pacing her room like a wild animal? See more »

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21 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Corazones heridos  »

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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 »

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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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[first lines]
Anna: Excuse me. Would Mrs. St. Maugham live here?
Maitland: She would.
Anna: [pointing to the newspaper in her hand] I'm sorry, I came in answer to the advertisement.
Maitland: There's no need to be sorry... at least not yet. Come in please.
Anna: [entering the house] Ooh, goodness me, it's very grand, isn't it.
Maitland: Built like a fort. It has to be.
Anna: [grabbing Maitland's arm] Pardon me, but are there many others?
Maitland: You're number six.
Anna: [shocked] So many?
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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 run by haughty matriarch Edith Evans. 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. ***1/2 from ****


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