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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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Judge McWhirrey
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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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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 »

Quotes

Laurel: Oh, if I could only be somewhere other than where I am, someone other than who I am!
Miss Madrigal: There now, where and what do you want to be?
Laurel: Dead... and in Hell!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 22 March 1964 (1964) See more »

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great drama
14 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

bought this film when VHS tapes were still in circulation. it's just a shame that it has never been released on DVD as more people need to see it. Hayley mills turns in a great performance and it's nice to her fit into more mature and adult rolls since her turn in a string of Disney released films from the early sixties. her father john mills who stars as maitland the butler also does a great performance as does Deborah Kerr who plays the title role of the governess in this psychological drama. the plot tells the story of laurel a rather un-ruly and temperamental child who lives with her grandmother who goes through a record o 3 governesses in a week. laurel soon meets her match when impeccably dressed and well-mannered ms. madrigal shows up on their doorstep enquiring about the position. laurel states that every one has a secret and that she is willing to go through great lengths to find out what it is. from there, she informs her grandmother who prompyly has the governess dismissed. but ms. madrigal is not easily deterred and it is clear that she wants to help the deeply troubled laurel. well paced drama with some excellent performances and i highly recommend seeing it if one can get a copy of it.


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