The Chalk Garden

The Chalk Garden

Deborah Kerr
Director: Ronald Neame Cast: Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
, Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
, John Mills
John Mills
Ronald Neame

Blu-ray (Subtitled)

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This film adaptation of Edith Bagnold's play stars Deborah Kerr as Miss Madrigal, the secretive new governess of British "problem child" Laurel (Hayley Mills). Both Madrigal and faithful butler Maitland (John Mills) are aware that Laurel's atrocious behavior stems from her belief that her oft-married mother (Elizabeth Sellars) does not love her. Madrigal determines to straighten out Laurel before she becomes totally unmanageable and hurts someone else. She knows what she's doing; Madrigal has just been released from a long prison term, having been charged with the murder of her stepsister. Dame Edith Evans steals every scene she's in as Laurel's wealthy grandmother, who is pulled away from tending her precious garden only when it appears that she has a murderess in her house (the old lady indicates that she's somewhat thrilled by the prospect). The Chalk Garden represented a "stretch" for Hayley Mills, who previously had been confined to sugary-sweet Disney heroines.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2020
UPC: 0738329250874
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 14,575

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas; Theatrical trailer; 1920x1080p

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Miss Madrigal
Hayley Mills Laurel
John Mills Maitland
Edith Evans Mrs. StMaugham
Elizabeth Sellars Olivia
Felix Aylmer Judge McWhirrey
Lally Bowers Anna
Toke Townley Shopkeeper
Tonie MacMillan Mrs. Williams

Technical Credits
Ronald Neame Director
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Ernest Gasser Makeup
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Harris Editor
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
John Jarvis Set Decoration/Design

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