Enchanted Cottage

The Enchanted Cottage

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Director: John Cromwell

Cast: Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young, Herbert Marshall

     
 
This romantic fantasy was based on a popular play by Arthur Pinero. Oliver Bradford (Robert Young) is a young man who returned from World War II with severe facial scars; while he was engaged to be married before he left, he believes that no one could love him now, and he lives on the brink of suicide. Oliver meets Laura Pennington (Dorothy McGuire), a plain young

Overview

This romantic fantasy was based on a popular play by Arthur Pinero. Oliver Bradford (Robert Young) is a young man who returned from World War II with severe facial scars; while he was engaged to be married before he left, he believes that no one could love him now, and he lives on the brink of suicide. Oliver meets Laura Pennington (Dorothy McGuire), a plain young woman who is convinced that her looks will never win her a man. These two lonely people marry, more out of desperation than love, and move into a small cottage which is all that remains of the large estate of Abigail Minnett (Mildred Natwick), who lost the rest of her property in a fire. The cottage has been the site of many happy honeymooners over the years, and inside its walls, Oliver and Laura discover that a magical transformation takes place; he regains the handsome features he once possessed, and she becomes beautiful. The couple find love and happiness with each other, but find that the cottage's magical spell only works as long as they remain at home with each other; the outside world does not recognize the beauty that they have found with each other. The Enchanted Cottage was previously adapted for the silent screen in 1924, with Richard Barthelmess and May McAvoy as the newlyweds.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those unwilling to give poetic romance its due should steer clear of The Enchanted Cottage, a fragile yet powerfully optimistic melodrama. But those who are willing to enter into Cottage's enchanted world will find themselves delighted and ultimately uplifted. It's all fantasy, of course, although not the "sprites in the wood" type that the title suggests. Rather, Cottage steadfastly promotes the theory that beauty really and truly is in the eye of the beholder. From its startlingly romantic score to its stunning cinematography, Cottage has been put together to create a dream world in which love truly can conquer all, while tugging more than a few heartstrings along the way. It's unabashed melodrama, yet a melodrama that often gets its way through gentle rather than blatant manipulation, and emerges all the more powerful for that. Director John Cromwell does a sterling job of keeping Cottage in line, keeping the tone properly balanced so that no false notes -- which would be fatal -- ever creep in. He's enormously helped by the sensitive and beguiling performances of Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire, and excellent supporting work from Mildred Natwick and Spring Byington. All the players, onscreen and off, create a delicate world that may not be real -- but that most viewers will fervently wish were.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2009
UPC:
0883316224687
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
4,322

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy McGuire Laura Pennington
Robert Young Oliver Bradford
Herbert Marshall Maj. John Hillgrove
Mildred Natwick Abigail Minnett
Spring Byington Violet Price
Hillary Brooke Beatrice Alexander
Alec Englander Danny
Mary Worth Mrs. Stanton
Josephine Whittell Canteen Manager
Robert Clarke Marine
Edin Nicholas Soldier
Richard Gaines Frederick Price

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
DeWitt Bodeen Screenwriter
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Fred Fleck Asst. Director
Herman Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Noriega Editor
Harriet Parsons Producer
Darrell Silvera Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer

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The Enchanted Cottage 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent film! One of the best from the golden age of Hollywood cinema!
DarcyLizzy More than 1 year ago
One of the best films ever! A man whose face is damaged in the war finds himself attracted to a girl considered not very beautiful in an enchanted cottage. Wonderful film!
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