The Enchanted Cottage (1945) – At the Movies

The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

ENCHANTED-COTTAGE-THEBeauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But, Hollywood and the media make some people more glamorous than others. And that began years ago in art, then photography, then movies and magazines. And now they use the internet to show us the beautiful people.

Laura Pennington was just a homely girl who found employment at the cottage of Mrs. Abigail Minnett. What she found out was that the cottage was a magical home, an enchanted cottage where inner beauty and love abound.

The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

The Enchanted Cottage is an enchanting movie. It runs 91 minutes. It is in black and white.
It was based on a play by Arthur Wing Pinero. The Enchanted Cottage was previously adapted for the silent screen in 1924,

CottageThe stars of the movie include:

Robert Young as Oliver Bradford. Mr Young was a great actor in films like The Mortal Storm and Northwest Passage, but may be better remembered in his TV role of Jim Anderson in Father Knows Best.

Dorothy McGuire as Laura Pennington. Dorothy is also known for Old Yeller, The Spiral Staircase, Swiss Family Robinson, A Summer Place, and Gentlemen’s Agreement [Academy Award for Best Actress Nomination].

Herbert Marshall as Major John Hillgrove. Marshall is best remembered for roles in Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise (1932), Alfred Hitchcock’s Murder! (1930) and Foreign Correspondent (1940), William Wyler’s The Letter (1940) and The Little Foxes (1941), Albert Lewin’s The Moon and Sixpence (1942), Edmund Goulding’s The Razor’s Edge (1946), and Kurt Neumann’s The Fly (1958). From 1944 to 1952, Marshall starred in his own radio series, The Man Called ‘X’.  Mr. Marshall was so convincing in his role as a blind piano player that I actually thought he was blind. I found out differently when I saw some of his other films.

Mildred Natwick as Mrs. Abigail Minnett. Natalie is remembered for this movie along with The Quiet Man [with John Wayne], Tammy and the Bachelor, and Barefoot in the Park [Academy Award nomination for her supporting role]. She also loved the stage and performed there as well as television. She never married.

Spring Byington as Violet Price.
Richard Gaines, who plays Freddie Price [Richard was born in Oklahoma City in 1904.]

The Enchanted Cottage (1945)


Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire

The Enchanted Cottage is a favorite of my wife and daughter. Hey, I liked it, too.

Oliver found out that he was no longer one of the beautiful people after his face was disfigured in the war.

But, as he sought solitude and rest and recovery at the home of Mrs. Minnett, he fell in love with Laura.

They both describe to Mrs. Minnett and John what they “see” in each other and how the Enchanted Cottage has healed their scars and changed the way they look on the outside.

John tries to tell them not to share it with Oliver’s family, but they insist. But they find that the only people that really matter is themselves. Their love for each other let them see the real and deep beauty each of them had.

Composer Roy Webb wrote a piano concerto for the film that a blinded World War I veteran (Herbert Marshall) uses as a tone poem to describe the story of the two protagonists to a gathering of people. Webb was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score in 1945 and performed the concerto at the Hollywood Bowl later that year. Marshall, who had lost a leg in World War I, played his blind role with the help of special contact lenses.

This is a great movie for all time. I highly recommend it.


Dorothy McGuire and Herbert Marshall

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