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The Chalk Garden (1964)

A grandmother (Edith Evans) seeks a governess for her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills), who manages to drive away every one so far by exposing their past, with a record... See full summary »

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Ronald Neame

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Enid Bagnold (from the play by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Miss Madrigal
Hayley Mills ... Laurel
John Mills ... Maitland
Edith Evans ... Mrs. St. Maugham
Felix Aylmer ... Judge McWhirrey
Elizabeth Sellars ... Olivia
Lally Bowers ... Anna
Toke Townley Toke Townley ... Shop Clerk
Tonie MacMillan Tonie MacMillan ... Mrs. Williams
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Storyline

A grandmother (Edith Evans) seeks a governess for her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills), who manages to drive away 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 Olivia (Elizabeth Sellars) tries to get her back. Written by Nasser <NasKU@aol.com>

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One was defying life and grasping for love...the other one was defying love and fleeing from life! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazones heridos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gladys Cooper was originally named to play the role of Mrs. St. Maugham (Edith Evans). Evans, who had created the role on stage, wanted the movie version very much, and had Director Ronald Neame take her to meet Producer Ross Hunter at Claridges Hotel. Evans won the producer over, and she got the part. 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

[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?: Louis Armstrong (2) (1964) See more »

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great drama
14 September 2010 | by michellelocke007See 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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