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|Directed by||Alexander Mackendrick
|Produced by||Michael Balcon
|Written by||Nigel Balchin
|Music by||William Alwyn|
|Edited by||Seth Holt|
|Distributed by||Ealing Studios|
|Release dates||July, 1952|
|Running time||93 min.|
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.
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.
|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|
|Patricia Plunkett||Miss Crocker|
|Eleanor Summerfield||Lily Tabor|
|Colin Gordon||Willard (junior)|
|Dorothy Alison||Miss Stockton|
|Julian Amyes||Jimmy Tabor|
|Gwen Bacon||Mrs. Paul|
|W. E. Holloway||Woollard (senior)|
|Phyllis Morris||Miss Tucker|
|Gabrielle Blunt||Miss Larner|
|Jean Shepherd||Mrs. Jackson|
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.
- 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.
- "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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