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
Matt Moore ...
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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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: [to Ellen] Maybe I'm slow. Maybe you can explain it to me. Nobody knows better than you that I was in love with Dan. And suddenly without any warning he married you. How should I feel?
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All I Do Is Dream of You
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Briefly whistled by Van Johnson
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Dorothy McGuire's best performance
21 January 2003 | by (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I'll admit it - it's taken me a long time to write a review for this movie, because Dorothy McGuire was my favorite actress and since she passed away last year I've had trouble watching this, my favorite movie of hers.

"Invitation" is truly a film unlike any other. Dorothy McGuire is so beautiful (although the department did their best to make her look plain for the part), and she captures the passion of this role completely. Dorothy plays Ellen, who discovers something that makes everything she knows seem like a fraud. She realizes she has to question her whole life, her family, and her husband's loyalty. I don't want to give anything away, because it's meant for you to go on the same journey as Ellen. Dorothy is simply heart-breaking, and in my opinion it was the performance of a lifetime.

The supporting cast is superb, most notably Van Johnson and Ruth Roman, but this movie really belongs to Dorothy. She carries the whole film on her shoulders, and never falters once. It's a very emotional film, and I am still saddened when I think of her loss. She was an actress I always had a great respect for, and always hoped to meet. But, as she herself says at the end of the film, "There is something much more important than keeping alive, and that is knowing that you have lived."


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