The Chalk Garden 1964

The Chalk Garden

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Because the wealthy Mrs. St. Maugham (Edith Evans) needs help raising both her garden and her granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills), she hires a secretive but green-thumbed governess named Madrigal (Deborah Kerr) to care for the angst-ridden teenager. When Laurel unearths a murder conviction in Madrigal's past, the butler, Maitland (John Mills), who has developed a fondness for the new staff member, persuades the vindictive youngster not to tell what she's discovered.

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Critic Reviews for The Chalk Garden

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  • The Chalk Garden. Transplanted from stage to screen, Enid Bagnold's witty, pitiless and elliptical high comedy yields only a withered bouquet of hearts and flowers.

    May 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Ronald Neame, who has directed the picture, and John Michael Hayes, who has written the script, present us with a cozy, compact drama that follows a comfortable, sentimental line.

    May 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • On paper, this sounds like a ripe old piece of Victoriana, but curiously it works, largely because of confident, smooth performances by all concerned.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • With father John offering neat support as the family butler, this is a rather talkative acting showcase, while the Oscar-nominated Evans steals the limelight from the hesitant Kerr.

    May 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The screen adaptation of Bagnold's famous play is so so, but the acting, especially of Dame Edith Evans, is excellent.

    April 11, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Enid Bagnold's long-running play contained elements that have been excised from the screen version. The original seemed to convey more tension and suspense. In the film everything is painfully predictable.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Chalk Garden

  • Apr 25, 2012
    We have seen movies about unruly kids before - kids who scare away governesses. Usually (like Sound of Music), the governess solves the kids' issues with some caring, and falls for the widower who hired her. The Chalk Garden is a little different. It is the grandmother who hires the governess, and in this case the governess is a convicted murderer. Interesting film.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2008
    Wonderful psychological game of cat and mouse. A tad reserved, not a bad thing in this situation, excellent performances all around.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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