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The Enchanted Cottage

Icky romantic whimsy adapted from Pinero's play about a honeymoon cottage which waves the magic wand of love to transform a pair of uglies into an ideal couple. Full of sanctimonious guff, and not made any more palatable by the glamour convention whereby Young's war wounds give him Frankensteinian facial scars (nobody thinks of plastic surgery) while McGuire's blemishes just need a touch of the hairdos to set right. Ted Tetzlaff's clean camerawork comes out of it with distinction, but Herbert Marshall (as the blind pianist who composes a tone poem to the lovers) wins the yuk of the year award.

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Cromwell
Screenwriter: De Witt Bodeen, Herman J Mankiewicz
Cast: Dorothy McGuire
Robert Young
Herbert Marshall
Mildred Natwick
Spring Byington
Hillary Brooke
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redjellydonut

What a cheap and loathsome excuse for a review of this charming and poignant romance! The Enchanted Cottage is a lovely and moving fantasy, a wonderful example of the genre. It's staggering and inexplicable to me how so most of the reviewers at Time Out manage to pass such easy judgement on films while clearly having absolutely no avocation for the job.

David Fowler

Yet again I find a childish hatchet job passing for a review here. It's getting laughable. If a film has any merit at all 95% of the time I can find it trashed by Time Out's "critics". In response to "TM's" remarks regarding "The Enchanted Cottage" I can only say that one would indeed have to be a raging asshole, pathetically cynical and jaded to feel that way about one of the most genuinely beautiful and moving fantasy love stories ever on the screen, and I can only feel pity and contempt for such an attitude and for such a person.

David Fowler

Yet again I find a childish hatchet job passing for a review here. It's getting laughable. If a film has any merit at all 95% of the time I can find it trashed by Time Out's "critics". In response to "TM's" remarks regarding "The Enchanted Cottage" I can only say that one would indeed have to be a raging asshole, pathetically cynical and jaded to feel that way about one of the most genuinely beautiful and moving fantasy love stories ever on the screen, and I can only feel pity and contempt for such an attitude and for such a person.