Mandy (film)

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Region 2 DVD cover
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
Fred Sears
Produced by Michael Balcon
Leslie Norman
Written by Nigel Balchin
Jack Whittingham
Starring Phyllis Calvert
Jack Hawkins
Mandy Miller
Music by William Alwyn
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Edited by Seth Holt
Distributed by Ealing Studios
Release dates July, 1952
Running time 93 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Mandy was a 1952 Ealing Studios film, based on the book The Day Is Ours by Hilda Lewis, with screenplay by Nigel Balchin and Jack Whittingham, and direction by Alexander Mackendrick and Fred Sears. Another title for the film was Crash of Silence. The film was released in the US as The Story of Mandy.[1]

The film starred Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins and Terence Morgan and featured the first film appearance by Jane Asher.


Harry and Christine Garland have a deaf-mute daughter, Mandy. As they realise their daughter's situation, the parents enrol Mandy in special education classes to try to get her to speak. They quarrel in the process and their marriage comes under strain. There are also hints of a possible affair between Christine and Searle, the headmaster of the school for the deaf where Mandy is enrolled. Eventually, the training succeeds to the point where Mandy says her own name for the first time.


Actor Role
Phyllis Calvert Christine Garland
Jack Hawkins Dick Searle
Terence Morgan Harry Garland
Godfrey Tearle Mr. Garland
Mandy Miller Mandy Garland
Marjorie Fielding Mrs. Garland
Nancy Price Jane Ellis
Edward Chapman Ackland
Patricia Plunkett Miss Crocker
Eleanor Summerfield Lily Tabor
Colin Gordon Willard (junior)
Dorothy Alison Miss Stockton
Julian Amyes Jimmy Tabor
Gabrielle Brune Secretary
John Cazabon Davey
Gwen Bacon Mrs. Paul
W. E. Holloway Woollard (senior)
Phyllis Morris Miss Tucker
Gabrielle Blunt Miss Larner
Jean Shepherd Mrs. Jackson
Jane Asher Nina


Mandy's speech was achieved by using a balloon. She was able to feel the vibrations of sound onto the balloon and knew she had made a sound.


The film was the fifth most popular at the British box office in 1952.[2]


  1. ^ Bosley Crowther (24 February 1953). "The Story of Mandy, a British Drama at Sutton, Tells Tale of Deaf-Mute's Training". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  2. ^ "COMEDIAN TOPS FILM POLL.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953) (Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia). 28 December 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 

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