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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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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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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

Canteen Manager: Some of those boys are really out of this world and I must say who ever designed the uniforms for this war was certainly cooking on the front burner.
[giggle]
Canteen Manager: They're just the cutest bunch of boys. I can't imagine, can you, where do they keep them between wars?
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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 »

Connections

Version of The Enchanted Cottage (1924) See more »

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It's not a myth!
21 December 2006 | by david-1976See all my reviews

When I was a little boy, my mother used to say that "The Enchanted Cottage" was her favorite movie. It was a long time before I ever saw it.

This is a lovely little film. Herbert Marshall does his usual good job playing someone impaired in some way but with a great deal of emotional fortitude. Mildred Natwick, cast a bit against type (she was a lovely comedienne) as the landlady, a dour WWI widow, ends up being sweet.

This is one of Robert Young's best performances, and I think that he is often underrated. He was something of an insecure man, and he projects his humanity so well in this and in many other films of the 1940's; of course, I'd gladly buy insurance from Jim Anderson, too!

What really strikes me about this film, though, is that the Young character, returning from the war, finds himself to be disfigured, and "Laura Pennington" believes herself to be ugly and unattractive. One of the things that has often struck me about people is how little their actual physical beauty affects how they perceive themselves, and how that influences their behavior.

Could it be that Robert Young's scar and Dorothy Malone's plainness are more in their minds than on their faces? Could it be that love can transform not only the plain so that they believe that they are beautiful, but also that it can transform the beautiful so that they can see that quality in themselves? The reason that this film works--and it works wonderfully well--is that it appeals to every person who has ever felt inadequate, and that there are very few people (and let's face it, those very few are probably sociopaths) who don't feel inadequate.

Pinero, the playwright of the original, understood this all to well, but it has never been a popular way of looking at things: in a way, this film is a "revenge of the nerds," which says (as does the nerd film) that beauty is, truly, in the eye of the beholder.

Really nice acting on the part of all concerned, including the wonderful Spring Byington. We don't have Hollywood actors like Byington and Marshall anymore, those wonderful character actors whose presence in a movie was part of the tissue that held it together, and connected it with other films. Lubitsch, Sturges, Capra, RKO, Warner Bros, and even MGM had a stable of these actors whose presence illuminated their work and expanded on it. Someday I will make a list of them and dilate on this subject further. This is a little gem that needs to be seen more often.


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