The Enchanted Cottage (1924)

The Enchanted Cottage




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: De Witt Bodeen, DeWitt Bishop, Herman J. Mankiewicz, DeWitt Bodeen
In Theaters:
RKO Pictures


as Oliver Bradford

as Laura Pennington

as Maj. John Hillgrove

as Violet Price

as Abigail Minnett

as Beatrice Alexander

as Frederick

as Mrs. Stanton

as Canteen Manager
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Critic Reviews for The Enchanted Cottage

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Shouldn't be missed.

Full Review… | June 17, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Might have been just another run-of-the-mill midcentury romance, except for the bold way it depicts the debilitating effects of World War II on the very face and body of its male star.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sensitive, occasionally touching romantic fable, well directed by John Cromwell and well acted by Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Enchanted Cottage


The Enchanted Cottage takes place in the foggy and ephemeral world of the 1940s hollywood movie. There is definitely a dreamy quality to the film (as though it were filmed through a cotton-covered lense). A homely maid comes to work at a honeymoon cottage that is said to be enchanted. She falls in love with the scarred air force pilot who had meant to use the cottage as his honeymoon suite before his marriage plans fell apart due to his post war depression. As the two fall in love, their physical deformities seem to disappear, and both of them begin to believe in the magic of the enchanted cottage. The film is so earnest and sincere it's tough to put it down for being a little hokey. No one can get over how ugly these two are, and yet there are people in the world (even in the 1940s) who've managed to get together even with the extreme handicap of slight homeliness. Maybe the premise is a little flawed, but it's the execution that matters.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

An unusual film, a fantasy romance with a rather clever plot. Dorothy McGuire is quite good and very well cast, Robert Young is not so effective, but he does okay. It?s a little too sentimental for my taste but it is beautifully done. The cinematography is very well done and enhances the story.

James Higgins

Quite a lovely tale of discovered love. The question of true beauty in the eye of the beholder is wonderfully poetic in this interpretation. THough, Dorothy is not nearly as homely as everyone in the film exaggerates that she is. But the allusion to a beauty and the beast motid is subtle and effective. Performances are natural and true to form of the 1940's, meaning full of charm and wroght with emotion. A lovely story indeed, bittersweet and a tale which still leaves that magical door wide open to possibilites.

Lisa Conant

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