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The Enchanted Cottage Details


This romantic fantasy was based on a popular play by Arthur Pinero. Oliver Bradford (Robert Young) is a young man who returned from World War II with severe facial scars; while he was engaged to be married before he left, he believes that no one could love him now, and he lives on the brink of suicide. Oliver meets Laura Pennington (Dorothy McGuire), a plain young woman who is convinced that her looks will never win her a man. These two lonely people marry, more out of desperation than love, and move into a small cottage which is all that remains of the large estate of Abigail Minnett (Mildred Natwick), who lost the rest of her property in a fire. The cottage has been the site of many happy honeymooners over the years, and inside its walls, Oliver and Laura discover that a magical transformation takes place; he regains the handsome features he once possessed, and she becomes beautiful. The couple find love and happiness with each other, but find that the cottage's magical spell only works as long as they remain at home with each other; the outside world does not recognize the beauty that they have found with each other. The Enchanted Cottage was previously adapted for the silent screen in 1924, with Richard Barthelmess and May McAvoy as the newlyweds. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 15, 1945


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roy Webb Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1945 Nominee


Dorothy McGuire
as Laura Pennington
Robert Young
as Oliver Bradford
Herbert Marshall
as Maj. John Hillgrove
Mildred Natwick
as Abigail Minnett
Spring Byington
as Violet Price
Hillary Brooke
as Beatrice Alexander
Alec Englander
as Danny
Josephine Whittell
as Canteen Manager
Robert Clarke
as Marine
Richard Gaines
as Frederick Price


John Cromwell
Harriet Parsons
Herman Mankiewicz
Ted Tetzlaff
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Noriega
Darrell Silvera
Art Director
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Harley Miller
Set Designer
Edward Stevenson
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Fred Fleck
First Assistant Director