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Enchanted Cottage
     

The Enchanted Cottage

Director: John S. Robertson, Richard Barthelmess, May McAvoy, Ida Waterman

Cast: John S. Robertson, Richard Barthelmess, May McAvoy, Ida Waterman

 
The Enchanted Cottage stars Richard Barthelmess as Oliver, a physically and emotionally wounded World War I veteran who comes home to a fiancée who promptly leaves him. Licking his wounds in solitude, he meets a young woman named Laura (May McAvoy). They fall in love and agree to marry, but unexpected and magical events occur inside The Enchanted Cottage where

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The Enchanted Cottage stars Richard Barthelmess as Oliver, a physically and emotionally wounded World War I veteran who comes home to a fiancée who promptly leaves him. Licking his wounds in solitude, he meets a young woman named Laura (May McAvoy). They fall in love and agree to marry, but unexpected and magical events occur inside The Enchanted Cottage where they have agreed to spend their wedding night. The film was based on a 1921 play by Arthur Wing Pinero. Although no prints of this silent film are believed to exist, it was remade in 1945 with Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Based on the 1922 play of the same name by Arthur Wing Pinero, this 7-reel melodrama featured one of the great female lead performances of the silent era. As a homely country girl who blossomed into a beauty, May McAvoy was luminous. With a minimum of special effects makeup (false buck teeth and a crooked nose), McAvoy transformed from the enchantress of the silent classic Sentimental Tommy (1921) into a shy, ugly English wallflower. A specialist in wide-eyed innocent roles, McAvoy had fallen out of favor with Hollywood a year earlier when she refused an offer from Cecil B. DeMille of a part in Adam's Rib (1923) that would have required her to be scantily clad. After being forced by a subsequent lack of good roles to buy out her Paramount contract, McAvoy's star turn in The Enchanted Cottage was a professional comeback that resulted in bigger paydays and leads in such gems as Ben-Hur (1926) and The Jazz Singer (1927). Male star Richard Barthelmess acquitted himself admirably as the film's physically crippled veteran awash in self-pity, while also producing the film through his production company, Inspiration. Given the overwrought emotionalism of the film's subject matter, its style was admirably restrained, reflecting its stoic British setting and characters and also the typically unobtrusive craftsmanship of well-liked director John S. Robertson. Robertson's work, which included the John Barrymore version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), eschewed the hand-wringing and eyeball-rolling of some silent-era filmmakers, earning him a great deal of critical respect. Considered one of the great romantic tearjerkers of all time, The Enchanted Cottage would be remade in 1945, its most widely seen and equally acclaimed version, starring Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire. In the 1990s, actress Julia Roberts became interested in another remake, but the project never came to fruition.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2015
UPC:
0842614106927
Original Release:
1924
Source:
Grapevine Video
Sound:
[silent]
Sales rank:
18,369

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