The Spanish Gardener

The Spanish Gardener

Philip Leacock (1956)

U Certificate


Our Score
Dirk Bogarde posted notice that he was much more than Rank's "Mr Charm" in this brooding drama adapted from the novel by AJ Cronin. Although it was supposed to be buried safely beneath the surface, the film's homosexual subtext is clearly detectable as diplomat Michael Hordern comes to resent his son spending time with gardener Bogarde. Thanks to Christopher Challis's sultry cinematography, director Philip Leacock is able to convey the rising emotional temperature of the action, while also coaxing a creditable performance from young Jon Whiteley. However, it's Hordern's wonderful portrayal of repression that holds the piece together.


An insecure diplomat becomes jealous of his son's friendship with their Spanish gardener. As his feelings grow out of control, he takes drastic steps to put an end to their relationship - but his foolhardy actions lead to tragedy. Drama based on the novel by AJ Cronin, with Dirk Bogarde, Michael Hordern, Jon Whiteley, Cyril Cusack and Geoffrey Keen.

Cast & Crew

Jose Dirk Bogarde
Harrington Brande Michael Hordern
Nicholas Brande Jon Whiteley
Garcia Cyril Cusack
Dr Harvey Geoffrey Keen
Leighton Bailey Bernard Lee
Maria Maureen Swanson
Robert Burton Lyndon Brook
Director Philip Leacock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD