The Enchanted Cottage

1945

The Enchanted Cottage

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Grab a box of hankies and curl up for a night of jerked tears and warm fuzzies with Enchanted Cottage, the romantic and melodramatic tale of a horribly disfigured WW II vet who finds love and renewal at the terribly plain, wallflowery hands of a young spinster. Knowing that society is incapable of appreciating the mutually regarded beauty within each of the lovers, they retire to the romantic seclusion of a lonely cottage in New England. The plot is taken from a romantic play by Arthur Pineroi and was filmed before in the mid '20s.

Cast

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

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Audience Reviews for The Enchanted Cottage

  • 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.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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