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Bronislau Kaper's haunting musical score for A Life of Her Own (1951) was recycled in the romantic melodrama Invitation. Dorothy McGuire stars as Ellen Bowker, a wealthy young woman with a rare heart condition. Knowing that his daughter may have only a year or so to live, Ellen's father Simon Bowker (Louis Calhern) wants to make certain that her last months on earth will be happy ones. To that end, he arranges for Dan Pierce (Van Johnson) to marry the girl. More interested in Ellen's millions than in Ellen herself, Dan agrees. Eventually, of course, he genuinely falls in love with the girl. But trouble looms on the horizon when Ellen discovers the real reason behind Dan's whirlwind courtship. How can a happy ending possibly result from all this? It's best to reveal no more at this point.

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Dorothy McGuire
as Ellen Barker Pierce
Van Johnson
as Daniel I. "Dan" Pierce
Ruth Roman
as Maud Redwick
Louis Calhern
as Simon Bowker
Ray Collins
as Dr. Warren Pritchard
Michael Chekhov
as Dr. Fromm
Lisa Golm
as Agnes
Alex Gerry
as Mr. Redwick
Lucille Curtis
as Mrs. Redwick
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    If you've read the synopsis, you can tell this is going to be an exciting, interesting movie, which it is for the most part, but then there are some really boring talky scenes as well, that drag it down. Otherwise it's pretty good.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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