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Invitation (1952)

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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.

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Complete credited cast:
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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
Matt Moore ...
Paul, the Butler
Pat Conway ...
Bill (as Patrick Conway)
Alex Gerry ...
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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7 August 1952 (Portugal)  »

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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 »

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Ellen: There is something much more important than keeping alive, and that is knowing that you have lived.
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Towers over the "love" stories of today
17 February 2005 | by (Waynesboro, PA) – See all my reviews

The high rating is due to the cast. Van Johnson is really underrated, as is Ruth Roman. Both of them, especially in later roles, displayed a great deal of talent that was underutilized by Hollywood.

However, the true standout here is the radiant Dorothy McGuire--playing a "plain" girl. Plain? Even with a bag over her head, Miss McGuire could never be plain. In addition to her consummate and versatile acting ability, she can be summed up in four words--THAT FACE, THAT VOICE. She is one of the truly greats who can never be replicated.

The lovely score by Bronislau Kaper adds to the enjoyment of the movie; the title song, "Invitation," has become a standard. (Percy Faith recorded it memorably on one of his many albums.)

It is a comment on Hollywood and the current audiences that this film--essentially a woman's picture--is graced with such literate dialog and fine acting that is not often seen today.


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