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The Chalk Garden (1964) was a Drama Film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Ross Hunter.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressDame Edith EvansNominated
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From the Archives: The Chalk Garden ( 1964 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on May 8, 2019 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

At the dinner table, "Puppy" ( Felix Alymer ) relates a juicy tale to Laurel ( Hayley Mills ) about one of the criminal cases he had to judge years ago. Maitland ( John Mills ) looks on in this lobby card scene from the delightful mystery/drama The Chalk Garden ( 1964 ). From the Archives is our l... Read full article


Belle Fountaine - "The Chalk Garden" House

By The Metzinger Sisters on May 6, 2017 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies and Love Letters to Old Hollywood have teamed up to host The Favorite Film and TV Homes Blogathon ( great idea Phyllis! ) which is taking place today and tomorrow. This brilliant event gives architecture enthusiasts a chance to gush about their favorite sets. Hopefully t... Read full article


The Chalk Garden ( 1964 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 3, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

"The only hold we have on this world is the truth"... Only the occasional cry of seagulls pierce the silence at Belle Fountain, a secluded country estate overlooking the chalky cliffs of Dover, which shelters an unusual array of individuals, each of them yearning for growth in its stifling environm... Read full article


The Chalk Garden ( 1964 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 3, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

"The only hold we have on this world is the truth"... Only the occasional cry of seagulls pierce the silence at Belle Fountain, a secluded country estate overlooking the chalky cliffs of Dover, which shelters an unusual array of individuals, each of them yearning for growth in its stifling environm... Read full article


The Chalk Garden ( 1964 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 3, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

"The only hold we have on this world is the truth"... Only the occasional cry of seagulls pierce the silence at Belle Fountain, a secluded country estate overlooking the chalky cliffs of Dover, which shelters an unusual array of individuals, each of them yearning for growth in its stifling environm... Read full article


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Quotes from

Laurel: Oh, if I could only be somewhere other than where I am, someone other than who I am!
Miss Madrigal: There now, where and what do you want to be?
Laurel: Dead... and in Hell!


Laurel: [hanging by the skirt of her dress] I happen to like climbing in trees!


Laurel: Barratry.
Applicant: Barratry?
Laurel: Arson, at sea.


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Facts about

Joanne Woodward and Sandra Dee were scheduled to star in this film, but when Woodward became pregnant, production was postponed and then recast.
In an early-'60s interview, producer Ross Hunter deemed the original English setting "dreary" and announced he was resetting the film in scenic Carmel, California, but obviously had second thoughts.
Adapted from a Broadway play by Enid Bagnold that opened Oct. 26, 1955 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, ran for 182 performances and was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. The original cast included Gladys Cooper, Siobhan McKenna and 'Betsy Von Furstenberg'.
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