The Spanish Gardener

The Spanish Gardener (1956)

Director: Philip Leacock
Screenplay: Lesley Storm & John Bryan (from a novel by A.J. Cronin)
Role: Jose

Dirk gives a sensitive performance as the soulful gardener Jose, caught between the uptight, neurotic diplomat Harrington Brande (Michael Hordern) and his overprotected son Nicholas (Jon Whiteley). Not surprisingly, the ’50s producers shied away from the homoerotic undercurrents in Cronin’s novel. While not a major role, it was one that gave Dirk an opportunity to do what he does better than anyone else: reveal a character’s inner thoughts and emotions to the camera.