#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – When cholera takes the parents of Mary Lennox, she is shipped from India to England to live with her Uncle Craven. Archibald Craven’s house is dark and drafty, with over 100 rooms built on the edge of the moors. Mary finds that her Uncle does not wish to see her, which is fine with Mary as she herself is rude and spoiled. While walking the gardens the next day, Mary notices that there is a area in the garden surrounded with a high stone wall and no doorway. Dickon, brother of a housemaid, tells her of the garden behind the wall. By the path, the raven unearths the hidden key so that Mary and Dickon are able to enter the walled garden to find it overgrown and neglected. Inside the house, she finds that Archibald has a son named Colin, who is crippled and as spoiled as she. Together these three work to make the secret garden their own world.
Plot: When Cholera takes the parents of Mary Lennox, she is shipped from India to England to live with her Uncle Craven. Mary changes the lives of those she encounters at her Uncle’s remote estate.
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A Forgotten Classic
Going in I was not familiar with the enormously popular children’s book upon which it was based, but I have to believe the folks behind this version did a wonderful job condensing the material and preserving all the elements which helped make the book such a success. It’s even a little hard to believe it was derived from a book targeted at children as the film deals with some fairly mature subject matter and has rather an adult, realistic edge. It’s very impressive, certainly a meticulously crafted, heartfelt production that builds nicely to a moving conclusion. (Plus, the scenes shot in color are breathtaking.) The very visual director, Fred Wilcox, is remarkably adept at establishing mood and atmosphere through the ominous use of sets and lighting. Margaret O’Brien (repeatedly and inaccurately told in the movie how unattractive she is) who was soon to kiss childhood and stardom goodbye, is given a great part to play and is extremely appealing. (As is a very young Dean Stockwell, playing a difficult character who all too easily could’ve been unsympathetic.)
Also, I have to quarrel with the other post, where someone asserts that the movie is badly dated. Quite the contrary, the story zips along at a refreshingly swift pace and never lags. The movie should hardly be faulted (and in fact should be commended) for not having flashy MTV style edits every five seconds or a bombastic score. It’s a very rewarding experience for both children and adults alike.
A Good Example of MGM Ensemble Acting
This is a wonderful movie about how children can occasionally see things more clearly than adults. Herbert Marshall is Mr. Craven (great name) the owner of a country estate. His son (Dean Stockwell) is bedridden. Marshall is aware that his son is paralyzed, and knows the reason for it. It is the secret that has blighted his once happy and secure family life. A young girl (Margaret O’Brien, in possibly her best role) gets a position at the estate, and despite warnings from the landlady (Dame Gladys Cooper) gets involved with Stockwell. Stockwell is initially a spoiled brat, but he is so lonely he and O’Brien become friendly. With O’Brien’s assistance (and that of Brian Roper, a boy whose father works on the estate) Stockwell starts improving. They take him out, and find a large garden that has been locked for years. Nobody is allowed in it by Marshall’s orders. But the three children find a way to get in. They go there (against the order of Marshall and Cooper) and play in it. Meanwhile Marshall is toying with selling the estate and going abroad. He first has a doctor (George Zucco, in a rare good person part) examine Stockwell. Marshall is furious at Zucco’s sensible observations that if the boy happens to get air and exercise he will recover. Marshall prefers an incompetent doctor (Aubrey Mather) who affirms that Stockwell is beyond hope. The climax is when Marshall is taught a valuable lesson in getting past the past to save the future – I will leave that for the readers of this review to see for themselves.
Most of the film was done in black and white, except for one powerful moment at the conclusion. The performances, especially Marshall, Stockwell, and O’Brien, are all perfect in this film as we see how sometimes grown-ups are not as smart as their children.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Genre Drama, Family
Director Fred M. Wilcox
Writer Robert Ardrey, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Actors Margaret O’Brien, Herbert Marshall, Dean Stockwell
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm