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- kevin sellers
A prettified Ross Hunter production that features some fine performances from Deborah Kerr (what else is new?) John Mills and Edith Evans and, as Don Letta has pointed out, an overwrought one from Hayley Mills. It's also stuck with a pedestrian screenplay by John Michael Hayes, of "Carpetbagger" fame, elevated way above his station and plunked down in an English country house drama for which, to put it mildly, he has an unsure grasp. Not only is his dialogue glaringly melodramatic and obvious, with lines like, "Nothing grows in your garden or in your heart," but the very important character of the grandmother, around whom the central concerns of this drama swirl, is shunted off to the side as the much less interesting character of the butler takes her place. And the back story of the governess being a murderess, recently sprung from jail, is so luridly creaky you can hear the furniture moan. Give it a C plus instead of a C because of all the great British thesps (including Felix Aylmer and Eliz. Sellars.) P.S. Droning, heavy Malcolm Arnold theme that just wouldn't shut up.
- Max Myers
It is rare to come across a film which touches one's heart in so many ways. Each person is revealed, frail humans all with resilience and depth of humility. The well of observations upon the human spirit is so poignant and poetic I was moved to tears several times. As I said, it is rare and it is indeed a gift to have come across this film.
ruined by one performance
- don letta
This is an excellent story, with a superb performance by Ms. Kerr (one of her best), but unfortunately brought down by the overwrought scenery chewing by an unbelievable Ms. Mills. I found her so one-dimensional as to be working from a different script. Pamela Franklin was a much better actor... she should have been chosen for the role. Possibly daddy Mills had something to do with the casting of his child. Too bad.
I can and have watched this movie multiple times and still be touched. As far as I am concerned it is a lost masterpiece. The performances, dialog and musical score are top notch. I do not understand why this movie is not shown on television more often while less deserving is shown too often.
Superb Actors in Coruscating Play
- William Laine
I saw "The Chalk Garden" about 20 years ago on AMC. I have not seen it on TV since then. What a treat it was to see two of my favorite actresses, Deborah Kerr & Hayley Mills, together! Hayley was never better, & I suspect Deborah Kerr brought out the best in her ability. The intelligent script of Enid Bagnold's play must have inspired the superb cast. Malcolm Arnold's score enhanced the drama. How I wish Robert Osborne could secure it for showing on TCM!
Drama suitable for most ages. Intelligent, sharp, probing.
The Chalk Garden
Riveting, emotional, heart wrenching, awesome, terrific cast
The Chalk Garden
- Joseph Garcia
Riveting, outstanding story, and superb performances by the entire cast! The music speaks for the actors as well as the actors speak for the music. I consider my self so fortunate to have seen this film only once when I was very young...I have NEVER forgotten it. It speaks of injustice as well as incarceration due to testimony admitted as evidence. Mitigating circumstances were involved and as a result I now know why justice wears a blindfold. Please allow people to see this film so they may weigh the scales of justice for themselves and revel in what transpired, inspired, and ultimately achieved what we must all strive for, understanding, empathy, and the benefit of doubt. Thank you, Joe Garcia.
Polished to a British sheen!
- Gerald Maloy
Crisp, biting dialogue, a brilliant mystery, and superb acting by some of Britain's best at the time. PLUS a score by Malcom Arnold! Why have we had to wait for this little gem to come to DVD while so much trash bombards us every day? The scenes with Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills positively bristle and shine with a professionalism rarely seen today! Please listen, someone!
Oh to have seen Gladys Cooper play this role, she who originated it..why oh why do the originators never play the movie roles? However this is brilliant, an endless favorite and the "second cast" is divine...see it, release it, watch it over and over...you won't see talent like this again...
A gut-wrenching film
I was 11 years old when I saw this film.It affected me personally; An example of how a young womam rose from a horrible past and was able to help a young girl & her grandmother out of a self-destuctive life-pattern. Hailey Mills' 'games' lead her to a secret she wasn't expecting. Deborah Kerr gets a chance to redeem herself. Everyone deserves a second chance!Connie
A Forgotten Gem
I haven't seen this movie in ages because it NEVER seems to be shown on TV anymore, but I loved it. It made me a huge Deborah Kerr fan. If you get a chance to see it, have tissues handy because the ending will tear your heart out. It's one of those films I can watch over and over, like "Casablanca."
Lesson from the Chalk Garden
This is a must-see movie. It has a lesson - everyone deserves a second chance. I watched this once in the 80's and learned to love not only the story but the actors as well especially Ms. Kerr (superb actress!). I never got a chance to see this movie again but I hope TCM will show this movie and with a DVD sale too.
a lovely movie
It's a lovely movie, with some of a young Hayley Mill's best performances. Simply amazing, and definately a tear jerker.