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The Spanish Gardener (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1957 (Austria)
Rather undiplomatic British diplomat Harrington Brande (Sir Michael Hordern) takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas (Jon Whiteley). The posting is something of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

John Bryan (screenplay), A.J. Cronin (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Jose
Jon Whiteley ... Nicholas Brande
Michael Hordern ... Harrington Brande
Cyril Cusack ... Garcia
Maureen Swanson ... Maria
Lyndon Brook ... Robert Burton
Josephine Griffin ... Carol Burton
Bernard Lee ... Leighton Bailey
Rosalie Crutchley ... Magdalena
Ina De La Haye ... Jose's Mother
Geoffrey Keen ... Dr. Harvey
Harold Scott ... Pedro
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... Police Escort
Richard Molinas Richard Molinas ... Police Escort
Susan Lyall Grant Susan Lyall Grant ... Maid
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Rather undiplomatic British diplomat Harrington Brande (Sir Michael Hordern) takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas (Jon Whiteley). The posting is something of a disappointment to Harrington, who was hoping for a promotion. That his wife had left him seems to have affected his career. Nicholas sees it all as something of an adventure, and soon becomes fast friends with the new gardener, José (Sir Dirk Bogarde). The apparently "delicate" Nicholas becomes attached to José, and Harrington's jealousy leads him to bar Nicholas from even speaking to José. As tensions mount, another servant frames José for theft, forcing everyone to review the situation. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

The sexual subtext between José and Nicholas was not allowed to be shown in this movie due to censorship. See more »

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Version of Nicholas (1958) See more »

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Learn to become a human being.
19 June 2009 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

The Spanish Gardener is an adaptation from A. J. Cronin's novel of the same name. It tells the story of a British diplomat called Harrington Brande {Michael Hordern excellently grumpy} who is relocated to Cataluña, Spain, after his marriage falls by the way side. Taking his young son Nicholas {Jon Whiteley tender} with him, Harrington is perturbed when Nicholas forms a loving and trusting friendship with the estate gardener Jose {Dirk Bogarde charming}. Bitten by jealousy and tortured by his own inadequacies as a father, Brande becomes nasty and spiteful, and it gets to the point where he will stop at nothing to break up the friendship. All of which is keenly observed by the shifty, and often drunk butler, whom it seems has a very vested interest in the family proceedings.

The Spanish Gardener is a lovely sweet movie that really hits the spot if one is looking for a warming humanistic fable. It has no pretensions to be ground breaking or feel the need to garner critical appraisal. It's message is simple and it relies {and succeeds in my case} on the viewers basic willingness to be engaged by its integrity and story telling worth. Yes it's far from flawless. You will need to accept Dirk Bogarde as being Spanish, what with his fluctuating tan shades throughout the picture being obvious, not really helping that train of thought. Then you will have to get over a disappointment that the budget didn't let the production utilise more of the sumptuous Cataluña {oh my that Sea} location {interiors done at Pinewood Studios}. But couple the warmth and sincerity of the story with John Veale's lovely score, and it's not with the niggles that you come away with.

It's not one I would suggest you rush out to see, but if you get the chance to watch this film, you should do so, for I'm sure you will feel all the better for it come the end. 7/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Der spanische Gärtner See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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