Fun Size Review: The Enchanted Cottage (1924)

Richard Barthelmess plays a shattered WWI veteran who tries to bury himself in the country. He finds unexpected love when a marriage of convenience turns into a love match, thanks to that enchanted cottage of the title.

Okay, so this is kind of a corny “mind over matter” plot but Barthelmess and leading lady May McAvoy pull it off with aplomb. The visual effects are stunning and the whole film has an ethereal quality to it. Romance done right.


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Barthelmess and McAvoy discover that their transformations and happiness are all in their heads but they accept this fact and continue their romance.

If it were a dessert it would be: Spun Sugar. It’s light and airy but quite a feat to pull off.

Read my full-size review here (I also cover the 1945 remake but I warn you that I am brutal)

Availability: Released on DVD.


  1. Emma L

    Sounds like a nice, light film. It is amazing how sometimes good filmography and effects can make a film with an average or meh plot a highly enjoyable watch.
    And Fritzi, as a side note, I really really wanted you to see a movie poster I recently created for the film, “Eve’s Leaves”. You’ve probably seen the original one (it’s panoramic with lots of small photos), but I made a more ‘traditional’ style poster for the movie for fun.
    It’s on my Pinterest board, “William Boyd movies”, so here’s a link that will take you right to my poster:

    Have a wonderful day! – Emma L

  2. Birgit

    I would love to see this silent version as I own the later version with Robert Young and love it even though it is an ultra romantic flick

  3. Constance Metzinger

    I love the 1945 version of The Enchanted Cottage so I will definitely check this one out. There are so many films of the 1930s-1950s that were remakes of silent films and I have yet to see many of the originals. Also, I like your spoiler “black-out”….a clever touch!

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