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The Chalk Garden (Mujer Sin Pasado) Spanish import, plays in English

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  • Actors: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills, Edith Evans, Felix Aylmer
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Castilian, English
  • Dubbed: Castilian, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053CBMIO
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A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel, who manages to drive away each and 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 tries to get her back.

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A pleasure to be able to buy a good copy of this hard to get film. English soundtrack and subtitles make this Spanish language package a good buy.

The film is obviously based on a stage play but has been "opened out" quite well. The story concerns a disturbed teenager (Hayley Mills) living with her grandmother (Edith Evans) and butler (John Mills). Deborah Kerr, a woman with a mysterious past, is hired as governess on the basis of her gardening knowledge.

The girl is trying to discover the governess's past to get rid of her. The grandmother is trying to prevent the girl's mother claiming custody of her daughter following remarriage and has poisoned the girl's memory of her mother. A judge, old friend of the grandmother, is invited to stay and advise on the situation. This brings matters to a head.

The actors play out this interesting period piece as events catch up with the characters forcing them to change their outdated attitudes and come to terms with each other.
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"The candy floss is melting", so went one review of Hayley Mills in "The Chalk Garden". Meaning that the once child star was growing up. It's open to debate as to what was her first "adult" role, personally I'd say "The Family Way"; this film was more of a "halfway house".

Hollywood producer Ross Hunter had waited two years to get Hayley Mills to play the part of a troubled teenager living with her grandmother. The film is far removed from his usual glossy Hollywood comedies and weepies. Filmed more like a theatrical play, which it originally was, it never really gets away from simply being pictures of people talking. The dialogue between Deborah Kerr and Edith Evans consists mainly of sarcastic remarks and grand statements, likewise with Miss Kerr and Felix Aylmer. John Mills, generously taking third billing after Deborah Kerr and his daughter is effective the family retainer.

Despite her fine co-stars, this is Hayley's film and she plays it to quirky effect. Was it worth a two year wait?
It's always a pleasure to see Hayley, but her best films fall either side of this one.

This Spanish release is an excellent transfer.
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Superb cast, good location photography and a gripping story make this well worth seeing. Why can this British film only be found as a Spanish import?
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The Chalk Garden by Enid Blyton is a stage play and transferring plays to the screen might me dangerous. Although a bit theatre-like the picture is convincing due to the great performances by the leading ladies.
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