When tempestuous Mary Lennox (Margaret O'Brien), born in India to wealthy parents, is orphaned by a cholera epidemic, she is sent to live with her reclusive and embittered Uncle Archibald Craven (Herbert Marshall) and her ill-behaved, bedridden cousin Colin (Dean Stockwell) at their desolate and decaying estate known as Misselthwaite Manor. Dickon (Brian Roper), the brother of one of the house maids, tells her of a garden secreted behind a hidden door in a vine-covered wall. When a raven unearths the key, the two enter and discover the garden is overgrown from neglect since Craven's wife died there in an accident. They decide to keep their discovery a secret, and begin to restore it to its original grandeur. Under the influence of the Secret Garden, Mary becomes less self-absorbed, Colin's health steadily improves, and Archibald's curmudgeonly personality fades away.

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What Books are the basis of this Movie?

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The Secret Garden written by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden
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Election Night, Part 2 part of The Newsroom Season 2

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Season: 2 / Episode: 9

Election Night, Part 2

This Television Episode refers to The Secret Garden
All of the bidders names in the charity auction for the signed copy of Sloan's book are character names from famous films. One of the names is Archibald Craven, a character from the film 'The Secret Garden'.

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