The Spanish Gardener

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Minor diplomat Hordern, separated from his wife and repeatedly passed over for promotion, becomes jealous of the developing friendship between his small son Whiteley and Bogarde's locally hired gardener. Based on AJ Cronin's novel, this is the kind of small scale, low-key character study that British film-makers can sometimes do rather well, and one of the earliest suggestions that then matinee idol Bogarde might be turning into a fine screen actor. At this stage, though, he can't compete with Hordern, whose growing sense of desperation is affectingly detailed.

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Philip Leacock
Screenwriter: Lesley Storm, John Bryan
Cast: Dirk Bogarde
Jon Whiteley
Michael Hordern
Cyril Cusack
Maureen Swanson
Bernard Lee
Rosalie Crutchley
Geoffrey Keen
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