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The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 29 June 1945 (Mexico)
A homely maid and a scarred ex-GI meet at the cottage where she works and where he was to spend his honeymoon prior to his accident. The two develop a bond and agree to marry, more out of ... See full summary »

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John Cromwell
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy McGuire ... Laura Pennington
Robert Young ... Oliver Bradford
Herbert Marshall ... Major John Hillgrove
Mildred Natwick ... Mrs. Abigail Minnett
Spring Byington ... Violet Price
Hillary Brooke ... Beatrice Alexander
Richard Gaines ... Frederick 'Freddy' Price
Alec Englander Alec Englander ... Danny 'Taxi' Stanton
Robert Clarke ... Marine Corporal
Eden Nicholas Eden Nicholas ... Soldier
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A homely maid and a scarred ex-GI meet at the cottage where she works and where he was to spend his honeymoon prior to his accident. The two develop a bond and agree to marry, more out of loneliness than love. The romantic spirit of the cottage, however, overtakes them. They soon begin to look beautiful to each other, but no one else. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1945 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Enchanted Cottage See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

May McAvoy, who appeared in the original The Enchanted Cottage (1924), attended this film's premiere, and admitted that she would have loved to have visited the set, "but I was fearful people would think I was making a bid for publicity". See more »

Goofs

As Mr Bradford is leading Major Hillgrove to the beach, there is a scene with the dog swimming in the ocean as Laura chats with Danny, the dog brings back the stick to be thrown back into the water and he is completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Bradford: Well, apparently you don't complain!
Major John Hillgrove: You haven't given me a chance.
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Alternate Versions

Some prints (including the Turner Home Entertainment video release) run 78 minutes. A number of scenes in the first half of the film, including the very sad scene with Dorothy McGuire in the soldier's dance hall, are missing from this shortened version. See more »

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Version of Lux Video Theatre: The Enchanted Cottage (1955) See more »

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An enchanting and transforming romance
15 May 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

This is a forgotten gem of a movie that I have only seen two or three times over the years but it's a well made romance/drama/fantasy film that deserves a look. A WWII casualty played by Robert Young was to be married and honeymoon in a New England historic quaint honeymoon cottage before the war and fate stepped in. Instead he returns from the war with disfiguring and disabling injuries bitter and resentful and as he takes refuge in the cottage he was to have honeymooned in he meets a housekeeper who is plain in appearance and self doubting in confidence and appears resigned to an unmarried life. They marry at first out of convenience and then the magic of the centuries cottage ignites in them the beauty of the soul. Noted British playwright Sir Arthur Wing Pinero wrote the play The Enchanted Cottage: A Fable in Three Acts as a moral booster to WWI veterans resuming life after the Great War with many disabled and disfigured. It was first staged in London in 1921 and then in America on Broadway in the spring of 1923. The stage play was quite different from the two filmed versions in it showed the stories of three couples who honeymooned in the cottage set in England over the years. It also had witches and cherubs and imps. Four roles from the play made the transition to the film Laura Pennington, Oliver Bashforth (with a slight change to Bradford), Major John Hillgrove and Mrs. Minnett. Hollywood filmed a silent film version in 1924 with a script adapted by Gertrude Chase and Josephine Lovett that eliminated the overt supernatural characters and other wedding couples so it centered more on the four main characters. For the 1945 film Screenwriters Dewitt Bodeen and Herman J. Maniewicz do a rewrite of the 1924 adaptation with John Cromwell directing. Cromwell had made such films as The Prisoner of Zenda, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Of Human bondage, Abe Lincoln in Illinois and So Ends Our Night among many in his fine directorial career. Proliffic cinematographer Ted Tetzlaff who photographed such films as Talk of the Town, I Married a Witch and Notorious is the the film's cinematographer. Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire star along with fine performances by Herbert Marshall, Mildred Natwick and Spring Byington. This is a fine film and is indeed enchanting. I would give this a 9.0 out of 10.


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