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Invitation (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 June 1952 (Australia)
Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust in her husband is shaken when she discovers that her father had paid him to marry her.

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Daniel I. 'Dan' Pierce
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Ellen Bowker Pierce
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Maud Redwick
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Simon Bowker
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Dr. Warren Pritchard
Michael Chekhov ...
Dr. Fromm
Lisa Golm ...
Agnes, the Maid
Diane Cassidy ...
Molly Eaton
Stapleton Kent ...
George, the Gardener
Barbara Ruick ...
Sarah
Norman Field ...
Arthur, the Chauffeur
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Paul, the Butler
Pat Conway ...
Bill (as Patrick Conway)
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Professor Redwick
Lucille Curtis ...
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Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust in her husband is shaken when she discovers that her father had paid him to marry her. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama | Romance

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6 June 1952 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Geborgtes Glück  »

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Budget:

$1,020,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The haunting theme music by Bronislau Kaper was actually introduced two years earlier in MGM's A Life of Her Own (1950), but became a jazz standard under the title Invitation, especially associated with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. See more »

Quotes

Maud Redwick: [Coldly] Please say what you have to say to me and go.
Ellen: If that's the way you want it.
Maud Redwick: How else would you think I'd want it?
Ellen: Well, I hoped things might have changed.
Maud Redwick: Why?
Ellen: That you might have thought it over.
Maud Redwick: And say all right, Ellen, no hard feelings? It was a fair fight and the best man or, rather, girl won?
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Invitation
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Played during the opening credits and here and there throughout the film
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Tasteful Tearjerker
20 November 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The soaper's better than it had any right to be. A plain looking single woman (McGuire) has a heart condition and only a year to live. Her wealthy father (Calhern) wants to inject some happiness into her remaining year, so he bribes handsome Dan (Johnson) to marry her. Trouble is this leaves cold-hearted Maud (Roman) minus her heart's desire, Dan. Thus she plots revenge.

A plain girl with a year to live!—sure it's a tear-jerker but done intelligently without rubbing our nose in it. Ellen's had a difficult time holding onto self- respect after years of romantic rejection. Her sense of dignity has somewhat hardened, making her more sympathetic than likable. It's a difficult role, similar to DeHaviland's in The Heiress (1949). Fortunately, winning actress McGuire rivets interest in the woman's plight despite an unsmiling demeanor. At the same time, Johnson's boyish charm hits the right notes, though the production fudges on showing Dan's grasping side. To me, that's the movie's biggest flaw, though given the script's general direction, probably understandable. On the other hand, credit MGM's production crew with first-rate craftsmanship in putting the elements together in tasteful fashion. Good also to see such supporting players as Ray Collins and Louis Calhern adding their brand of plausibility to the results. And credit someone—writers, producer?—with avoiding a clichéd ending.

No, there's nothing memorable here. But considering the many excesses a movie like this is subject to, the results amount to an affecting exercise in sheer Hollywood professionalism.


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