April 1949: The Secret Garden

Dean Stockwell!? But he can’t possibly…

Oh, he plays the ten year old boy.

And I was thinking of Harry Dean Stanton.


This is a fascinating movie. It’s not that often you see a movie that doesn’t fit neatly into a genre category or where you have no idea where the plot is going. This is one of those rare movies.

It’s so weird.

The idea of a secret garden is a very powerful one. It’s like a Jung Bodyan archetype.

Margaret O’Brien is perfect as the snotty, entitled ex-colonial plunked into the British countryside.

The Secret Garden. Fred M. Wilcox. 1949.

Popular movies in April 1949 according to IMDB:

19397.5The Secret Garden
9417.4The Queen of Spades
30607.2Passport to Pimlico
20147.1The Stratton Story
2377.1The Sky Dragon
4257.0Mr. Belvedere Goes to College
16747.0Flamingo Road
9306.9Ma and Pa Kettle
6306.8The Crooked Way

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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