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The Spanish Gardener (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1957 (Austria)
A rather undiplomatic British diplomat takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas. The posting is something of a disappointment to the father, who was hoping for a ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

John Bryan (screenplay), A.J. Cronin (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Jose
Jon Whiteley ... Nicholas Brande
Michael Hordern ... Harrington Brande
Cyril Cusack ... Garcia
Maureen Swanson ... Maria
Lyndon Brook ... Robert Burton
Josephine Griffin ... Carol Burton
Bernard Lee ... Leighton Bailey
Rosalie Crutchley ... Magdalena
Ina De La Haye ... Jose's Mother
Geoffrey Keen ... Dr. Harvey
Harold Scott ... Pedro
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... Police Escort
Richard Molinas Richard Molinas ... Police Escort
Susan Lyall Grant Susan Lyall Grant ... Maid
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A rather undiplomatic British diplomat takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas. The posting is something of a disappointment to the father, who was hoping for a promotion. That his wife had left him seems to have affected his career. Nicholas sees it all as something of an adventure and soon becomes fast friends with the new gardener, Jose. The apparently "delicate" Nicholas becomes attached to Jose, and father's jealousy leads him to bar Nicholas from even speaking to the gardener. As tensions mount, another servant frames Jose for theft forcing everyone to review the situation. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Der spanische Gärtner See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sexual subtext between Jose and Nicholas was not allowed to be shown in the film due to censorship. See more »

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Version of O Jardineiro Espanhol (1967) See more »

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Touching drama from an A.J. Cronin novel...
29 April 2007 | by Neil DoyleSee all my reviews

DIRK BOGARDE gives one of his more restrained performances in the title role, a man whose friendship with a young boy (JON WHITELEY) drives a wedge between the boy and his over-protective father (MICHAEL HORDERN). It's the interplay between these three characters that drives the story and there are some melodramatic events before the happy ending.

But it takes its time in developing the characterizations, sags in the middle and then picks up again during the last half-hour when all the melodramatic conflicts have to be resolved.

Unfortunately, the TCM print shows murky color photography (especially after showing a dazzling print of BLACK NARCISSUS). Whether the film was shot in a process other than the usual British color I don't know, but the color photography was sometimes less than satisfying.

The story is one of friendship that the boy so badly needs when his father has too little time to share many activities with him. The bond between him and the Spanish gardener is based on mutual trust and the boy comes to hate his father when he realizes that he's been the cause of the man being jailed for a crime he didn't commit.

JON WHITELEY gives a remarkably natural performance for a child actor and his scenes with DIRK BOGARDE and MICHAEL HORDERN are excellently played.

There are problems of pacing that plague some parts of the film, but the last half is particularly absorbing and leads to a satisfying conclusion. Well worth watching.


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