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      The Secret Garden

      G Released Apr 30, 1949 1h 32m Kids & Family Drama List
      Reviews 75% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Orphaned Mary Lennox (Margaret O'Brien) arrives at the Yorkshire mansion of her mysterious Uncle Craven (Herbert Marshall). Bitter and confused after the death of her parents, she clashes with the other residents of the estate, including the surly housekeeper (Gladys Cooper), the giggling maid (Elsa Lanchester) and Craven's invalid son (Dean Stockwell). After discovering a key to a secret garden, Mary seeks the means to heal herself and the other inhabitants of the Craven household. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Too shrill in its performances to be completely winsome. Rated: B Dec 10, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Perhaps the best version and it still sucks. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/21/24 Full Review robert p A very good performance by Margaret O'Brien makes this a *3 & 1/2* movie!!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Builds up slowly to a very moving conclusion. Good juvenile performances. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review joe m A timeless story that is beautifully adapted to the screen. Young Mary Lennox (O'Brien) loses both her parents to cholera in British India. She is sent back to England to live at her uncle's gothic manor house. There she briefly meets her reclusive, embittered uncle, the domineering housekeeper, Medllock, the folksy maid, Martha, the boy of nature, Dickons, and, of course, her willful, bratty cousin, Colin. Mary sets the staid old house on edge while and then, working with the other children, proceeds to restore the secret garden. All round stellar performances. The sets and the mood they create are extremely well done. And the first glimpse of the transformed garden - in color! - is magical! My one gripe is that the film - at 90 minutes - is too short to do justice to the book so it feels rather rushed at time. This adaptation is definitely second to the 1993 version (5 stars). Yet, still well worth seeing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review lanfranco c A breath of fresh air ! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review s r Faithful to the great story. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Orphaned Mary Lennox (Margaret O'Brien) arrives at the Yorkshire mansion of her mysterious Uncle Craven (Herbert Marshall). Bitter and confused after the death of her parents, she clashes with the other residents of the estate, including the surly housekeeper (Gladys Cooper), the giggling maid (Elsa Lanchester) and Craven's invalid son (Dean Stockwell). After discovering a key to a secret garden, Mary seeks the means to heal herself and the other inhabitants of the Craven household.
      Director
      Fred M. Wilcox
      Producer
      Clarence Brown
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 30, 1949, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 32m
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