I’ve been on a quest to see all of Greer Garson’s films and I finally caught Her Twelve Men on Turner Classic Movies the other day. The film was directed by Robert Z. Leonard in 1954. Garson plays Jan Stewart, a widow who decides to teach and is hired by Joe Hargrave (Robert Ryan).
In a lot of ways, it reminded me of a happy-go-lucky version of Judy Garland’s, A Child Is Waiting, which does seem like a stretch, but at the core it’s the same story. A woman wants to figure out what she should do with her life. She becomes a little too close to the kids she’s watching over (in Garland’s case it’s really only one child) and finds herself too involved, tries to get out of the situation–and well, in the end she finds where she belongs.
The story is heartwarming, the kids are relatable; their stories universal for the boarding school experience, and it’s a lot of fun to get internal thoughts from Garson’s character. It’s a light and lovely film.