Enchantment (1948)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 December 1948 (USA)
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Uncle Rollo finally retires to the house he was brought up in. Lost in thoughts of his lost love, Lark, he does not want to be disturbed in his last days. However, the appearance of his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grizel Dane
Pilot Officer Pax Masterson
Selina Dane
Philip Friend ...
Pelham Dane
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Marchese Del Laudi
Henry Stephenson ...
General Fitzgerald
Colin Keith-Johnston ...
The Eye
Lark as a Child
Peter Miles ...
Rollo as a Child
Sherlee Collier ...
Selina as a Child
Warwick Gregson ...
Pelham as a Child
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs. Sampson


Uncle Rollo finally retires to the house he was brought up in. Lost in thoughts of his lost love, Lark, he does not want to be disturbed in his last days. However, the appearance of his niece and the subsequent romance between her and Lark's nephew causes him to reevaluate his life and offer some advice so the young couple don't make the same mistake he did, all those years ago. Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

25 December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fugue in Time  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 24, 1949 with David Niven, Teresa Wright and 'Jayne Meadows' reprising their film roles of General Roland Dane, Lark Ingoldsby and Selina Dane respectively. See more »


Pilot Officer Pax Masterson: I used to play hide and seek in these rooms.
Grizel Dane: How interesting since you never set foot here before.
Pilot Officer Pax Masterson: Imaginary hide and seek. When I was little my aunt taught me where every room was. She wanted to know this house as she remembered it, she grew up here.
Grizel Dane: Was your aunt by any chance called Lark?
Pilot Officer Pax Masterson: Yes, Lark Ingoldsby. I was brought up by her. She made me promise to visit this house if I ever got to London.
Grizel Dane: You begin to make sense.
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Pretty Polly Oliver
Traditional English folk song
Sung by Teresa Wright
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Bitter Sweet and Charming
4 March 2007 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie while home sick from school many years ago and found it to be magical and sweet. The writer (Rumer Godden, who also penned 'Black Narcissus') created a wonderful weave of time and characters -- 'Enchantment' is based on her novel, 'Take Three Tenses: A Fugue in Time,' which tells one a bit more about how she intended the story to work.

Not a top-flight movie by any means, just a wonderful watch. Looking at other reviews I suppose one warning would be that it might be experienced as being too sentimental -- and, perhaps therefore, too transparent. But if the intended magic works for you I think you will enjoy the film immensely.

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