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Crash of Silence (1952)

Mandy (original title)
Approved | | Drama | March 1953 (USA)
Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.

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Hilda Lewis (adapted from "The Day Is Ours" by), Nigel Balchin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Christine
Jack Hawkins ... Searle
Terence Morgan ... Harry
Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle ... Mr. Garland
Mandy Miller Mandy Miller ... Mandy
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Mrs. Garland
Nancy Price ... Jane Ellis
Edward Chapman ... Ackland
Patricia Plunkett ... Miss Crocker
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Lily Tabor
Colin Gordon ... Woollard (Junior)
Dorothy Alison ... Miss Stockton
Julian Amyes Julian Amyes ... Jimmy Tabor
Gabrielle Brune Gabrielle Brune ... The Secretary
John Cazabon ... Davey
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Storyline

Mandy was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and so enrol her with a special teacher. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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disability | deafness | See All (2) »

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The Greatest Emotional Drama yet brought to the screen...

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crash of Silence See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alexander Mackendrick deliberately chose not to cast a real deaf-mute in the title role as he felt that they subconsciously always wanted to make it appear as if they understood what was being said to them, even when they didn't. See more »

Goofs

When Harry Garland, Mandy's father, precipitously leaves the flat where Mandy and Christine are staying, he departs empty handed. In the next scene, coming out of the taxi, he has the bag he had brought into the flat. See more »

Quotes

Harry Garland: [after Mandy comes in from outside, crying] What happened, did the dog bite her or something?
Christine Garland: [concerned] I don't know. Something frightened her. She couldn't tell me what. Harry, I can't go on like this. It was all right when she was a baby, but now, you never know, I don't know whether she's being naughty and playing me up or whether there's something really the matter.
[sternly]
Christine Garland: There's just no contact.
[desperately]
Christine Garland: There must be something we can do?
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Just Waitin'
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Written by Una Bart
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A feel-good movie if ever there was one
4 October 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

The Mandy of the title truly is the star of the film, as almost all of the adults underplay their scenes with her to help her shine brighter.

When Mandy's parents find out she is deaf, they have differing ideas on what to do next. Mother, Christine, wants to send Mandy to a special school for deaf children so she can learn to read and write - and perhaps speak - and be as much like other children as possible. But her father, Harry, is somewhat ashamed of his daughter and would rather keep Mandy hidden away at his parents' house with only a governess to teach her the finger alphabet. After seeing how she reacts with other children, Christine realises that for Mandy's sake she must get her to the school, and leaves Harry. Watching Mandy's progress in the school provides some fascinating insight into ways of teaching and, contrary to Harry's thoughts, she does progress, with help from headmaster Searle. A second storyline is developed here as people increasingly believe that Christine is having an affair with Searle, when in fact they are both only interested in the good of the child.

A real "four tissue" movie, 10/10.


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