The Spanish Gardener 1956

The Spanish Gardener 1956

The Spanish Gardener 1956

The Spanish Gardener 1956
Not Rated | 1h 31min | Drama | 25 December 1956 (UK)


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.

User review:

From a Novel written by A. J. Cronin and a well directed film by Philip Leacock comes this endearing and touching story of a young boy named Nicholas Brande (Jon Whiteley). His father is a career English diplomat (Michael Hordern){Great acting} who has been posted to Spain in a rather secondary and disappointing position. Hardened by his lackluster assignment and in addition to his wife leaving him, he seeks solace in his young son. Unfortunately, because of his father’s extremely stern behavior, his son instead finds friendship with Jose, a compassionate and understanding ” Spanish Gardener ” played adroitly by Dirk Bogarde. (a Marvelous role) While the Father tries his clumsy best to get close to his son, the boy instead drifts farther away. Meanwhile Garcia the chauffeur (Cyril Cusack) proves not only to be a thieving conniving drunk, but equally devious in that he arranges for Jose to be blamed for a stolen watch. The movie is a superb story of friendship, love and compassion. The Entire cast which includes Bernard Lee, Geoffrey Keen are great in creating a Classic and a must see film for Bogarde fans. Easilly recommended to all.

Director: Philip Leacock
Writers: John Bryan (screenplay), A.J. Cronin (novel)
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Michael Hordern
Country: UK
Language: English
Release Date: 25 December 1956 (UK)
Filming Locations: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

The Spanish Gardener (1956)

91 min|Drama|28 Jan 1957
6.9Rating: 6.9 / 10 from 608 users
A rather undiplomatic British diplomat takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas. The posting is something of a disappointment to the father, who was hoping for a …

The Spanish Gardener 1956 The Spanish Gardener 1956

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Duration : 1 h 31 min
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7 Responses to The Spanish Gardener 1956

  1. David Rayner says:

    It was reported at the time, 64 years ago in 1956, that before filming began, Jon Whiteley’s parents (Jon was only eleven years old at the time) were very worried about the implied sexual relationship between Jose and Nicholas in the A.J. Cronin novel and were assured by the producer, John Bryan, and the director, Philip Leacock, that this implied relationship would be removed and the film made for a family audience. The controversy centred around Chapter 15 in the novel, where Nicholas’s father, convinced that there is somethimg of a sexual nature going on between his son and the gardener, asks his doctor friend to have a man to man talk with Nicholas about it and try to get the boy to admit to it. But Nicholas won’t admit to it. Whether Jon Whiteley had the acting ability to play such a scene if it was left in the film is debatable, but he had the right director in Philip Leacock to enable him to do it. It was Leacock who had directed him three years earlier in “The Kidnappers”, for which Jon had won an Academy Award for his performance. Despite all the story editing to make the film suitable for a ‘U’ certificate, the film still comes off as ambiguous and today it looks as though the father just wants his son all to himself and is madly jealous when his son and the gardener become very close and does everything in his power to destroy the relationship between his son and the gardener, so that he can have his son all to himself again. An excellent film, with wonderful performances all round…a kind of Eternal Triangle story where the three main characters are male.

  2. David Rayner says:

    You have a great and very interesting site here. It’s obvious that you’ve put a lot of work into it and it looks like a real labour of love. I’m sure it is much appreciated by fans of these films. Most of the films featured are new to me, but they look like they deserve more exposure.

  3. David Rayner says:

    I think you should also include the earlier, 1951, film that Dirk Bogarde and Jon Whiteley made together for Rank, “HUNTED”, released in the U.K. in early 1952. It was released in the U.S. under the very odd and meaningless title “The Stranger In Between”.

  4. David Rayner says:

    I’ve just heard the very sad news that JON WHITELEY had passed away at the age of 75.

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