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The Enchanted Cottage (1945)




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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.


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

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

For Valentine's Day, try this romantic classic.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Shouldn't be missed.

June 17, 2010 | Full Review…

After her clever performance in that silly film Claudia, Dorothy McGuire gives a remarkable demonstration of her versatility as Laura.

November 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Might have been just another run-of-the-mill midcentury romance, except for the bold way it depicts the debilitating effects of World War II on the very face and body of its male star.

May 2, 2013 | Rating: 4/5

Sensitive, occasionally touching romantic fable, well directed by John Cromwell and well acted by Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire.

January 30, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

some viewers will inevitably be charmed by it.

June 10, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for The Enchanted Cottage


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 Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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