The Enchanted Cottage 1945

The Enchanted Cottage

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Disfigured from wounds suffered in war, pilot Oliver Bradford (Robert Young) runs away in shame from his beautiful fiancée (Hillary Brooke) and his mother (Spring Byington). Renting a cottage from the kind-hearted Mrs. Minnett (Mildred Natwick), Oliver meets the plain-looking but gentle housekeeper Laura Pennington (Dorothy McGuire). As the veteran and the maid begin to learn more about one another, they see past their outer imperfections to discover that true beauty lies within.

Cast & Crew

Robert Young
Oliver Bradford
Dorothy McGuire
Laura Pennington
Herbert Marshall
Major John Hillgrove
Mildred Natwick
Mrs. Abigail Minnett
Spring Byington
Violet Price
Richard Gaines
Frederick "Freddy" Price
Hillary Brooke
Beatrice Alexander
Alec Englander
Danny "Taxi" Stanton
Mary Worth
Mrs. Harriet Stanton
Josephine Whittell
Canteen Manager
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Critic Reviews for The Enchanted Cottage

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Audience Reviews for The Enchanted Cottage

  • Nov 24, 2020
    What a beguiling little film. A month after screening it I'm still sharing the storyline with others and they're hanging on every word.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2010
    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.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2007
    Here stands one of the all time great love stories. Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire star in this tale of ugly ducklings who discover that while living in their seaside house they suddenly have the ability to see with their hearts instead of their eyes. I enjoy stories like this that expose physical vanity for what it really is, shallow and fleeting. The plot has enough unexpected twists to keep you on your toes and the supporting cast is simply fantastic. This just might be the perfect Valentine's Day movie. See it with someone you love.
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