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The Enchanted Cottage

Sensitive love story of a returned war veteran with ugly facial disfigurements, and the homely slavey - both self-conscious of their handicaps - is sincerely told both in the script [based on the play by Arthur Wing Pinero] and outstanding direction of John Cromwell.

Sensitive love story of a returned war veteran with ugly facial disfigurements, and the homely slavey – both self-conscious of their handicaps – is sincerely told both in the script [based on the play by Arthur Wing Pinero] and outstanding direction of John Cromwell.

Brief prolog establishes Robert Young as the flyer who leases a cottage for his honeymoon, but is called to service on eve of his wedding. Two years later he returns to hide his war disfigurements from his family at the cottage, where Dorothy McGuire is hiding from people because of her ugliness. But the girl’s tender attention to the flyer results in idyllic love, with each appearing beautiful to the other and pair sincerely believing that the cottage is enchanted and responsible for the transformations.

McGuire turns in an outstanding performance, with Young also sharing the limelight. Herbert Marshall is excellent, while Mildred Natwick scores as the housekeeper.

1945: Nomination: Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture

The Enchanted Cottage

  • Production: RKO. Director John Cromwell; Producer Harriet Parsons; Screenplay DeWitt Bodeen, Herman J. Mankiewicz; Camera Ted Tetzlaff; Editor Joseph Noriega; Music Roy Webb; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark
  • Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: Dorothy McGuire Robert Young Herbert Marshall Mildred Natwick Spring Byington Hillary Brooke
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