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:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
2650 7.5 Champion
1939 7.5 The Secret Garden
941 7.4 The Queen of Spades
3060 7.2 Passport to Pimlico
2014 7.1 The Stratton Story
237 7.1 The Sky Dragon
425 7.0 Mr. Belvedere Goes to College
1674 7.0 Flamingo Road
930 6.9 Ma and Pa Kettle
630 6.8 The Crooked Way

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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