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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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Scandal sparked their love! (Poster). See more »

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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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Production Co:

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

In 1973 it was announced that a remake would be made. According to Young the setting would be updated and Dorothy McGuire and he would be playing the parts of the housekeeper and blind pianist originally played by Mildred Natwick and Herbert Marshall. The idea fell through after McGuire watched a screening of the original at Young's invitation at the actor's home. She said that the film belonged to another period and that she did not want to go backward. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver's parents are sitting w/John; the chairs change back-&-forth between each shot. 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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Referenced in Sanford and Son: The Dowry (1972) See more »

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Sweet People, Profound Message
31 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a nice, short fairy tale-type romance with truly nice people in the leads: Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire. One of the best features of this film, to me, was listening to McGuire's soft, sweet feminine voice. It certainly went with the nice, compassionate character she played in this movie ("Laura Pennington").

Robert Young, as "Oliver Bradford," also is very good in here and Herbert Marshall is outstanding as the blind neighbor, "Major John Hillgrove." The annoying character was played by Spring Byington but her "Violet Price" role was small.

This is the story of a plain woman and a battle-scarred World War II pilot who meet at this cottage, fall in love, see each other as beautiful thinking that some mystical power at the cottage and transformed their faces, but in the end find out they haven't changed at all. They find out that love changed they way they looked at each other. Sounds corny, but a lot of profound truth to it.

I read one famous critic write that this film could have been better. Well, I don't doubt it, but you could say that about most movies. I have no complaints with it. I do have a question: it's listed at 91 minutes but my tape only plays for 79. Did I have 12 minutes cut out of the story on my VHS?


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