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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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Maitland
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Mrs. St. Maugham
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Judge McWhirrey
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Anna
Toke Townley ...
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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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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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Mystère sur la falaise  »

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For Spanish-speaking audiences, the film's title was changed to "Corazones Heridos" (translation: "Hurt Hearts") 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

Laurel: Thanks for the compliment. Don't expect one in return!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 22 March 1964 (1964) See more »

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Unravelling the tangled webs of human relationships
26 September 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What can I say! I'm just another Haley Mills fan like all the rest. In this role as Laurel, she is being precocious, over inquisitive, and a downright trouble maker as far as governesses are concerned. However, her incessant pursuit of trying to turn up details in their private lives really underscores a psychological imbalance in her own young life which eventually surfaces. Much does revolve around the fact of her being estranged from her mother as the tale unfolds.

This is a lovely combination of real-life father, John Mills, in a fine supporting role, and Deborah Kerr as the well-meaning but beleaguered governess. Many scenes are emotionally intense yet so well acted that we are swept along in the story. The tangled threads of family relationships is gradually sorted out and priorities are set aright after much confusion and willfulness particularly in the obstinacy of the grandmother (Edith Evans), who performs with great dramatic vehemence near the conclusion. A touching, human story, a great play.


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