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Invitation (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 June 1952 (Australia)
Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust in her husband is shaken when she discovers that her father had paid him to marry her.


Paul Osborn, Jerome Weidman (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Daniel I. 'Dan' Pierce
Dorothy McGuire ... Ellen Bowker Pierce
Ruth Roman ... Maud Redwick
Louis Calhern ... Simon Bowker
Ray Collins ... Dr. Warren Pritchard
Michael Chekhov ... Dr. Fromm
Lisa Golm ... Agnes, the Maid
Diane Cassidy Diane Cassidy ... Molly Eaton
Stapleton Kent Stapleton Kent ... George, the Gardener
Barbara Ruick ... Sarah
Norman Field Norman Field ... Arthur, the Chauffeur
Matt Moore ... Paul, the Butler
Pat Conway ... Bill (as Patrick Conway)
Alex Gerry ... Professor Redwick
Lucille Curtis Lucille Curtis ... Mrs. Redwick


Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust in her husband is shaken when she discovers that her father had paid him to marry her. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

6 June 1952 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

R.S.V.P. See more »


Box Office


$1,020,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Helen Rose who designed Dorothy McGuire's wedding gown in this film, also designed Grace Kelly's gown for her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco The McGuire gown appears to be an earlier version Grace Kelly's wedding dress. See more »


Maud Redwick: [to Ellen] That's why you're really here, isn't it? 'Cause the year's dragging out fast. Only a couple of months left and you're scared to death. Well, Ellen, do you think I've given up?
Ellen: I think you must be out of your mind. I feel sorry for you, Maud.
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Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Played during the opening credits and here and there throughout the film
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Dorothy McGuire Is "Ordinary" Looking and "Uninteresting"?
21 June 2006 | by AttillioSee all my reviews

First, let me say, that I am delighted that there are so many other admirers of this truly talented and beautiful performer of the screen (that's Ms. McGuire, and NOT Van Johnson. Sorry, Van!). Of course, Ms. McGuire delivers her customary and, unfailingly, consummate performance as Ellen Pierce. But, could you really buy her character saying, that she thought of herself as ordinary-looking and, even, uninteresting to men? I mean, it was difficult enough, not to be mesmerized by those beautiful eyes and cheekbones in "The Enchanted Cottage" (in which the film studio make-up professionals "tried" to make Ms. McGuire look "plain" and "dowdy"). Yet, in "Invitation," Ms. McGuire is at her drop-dead gorgeous (not to mention, enticingly-eloquent) best. I mean, you literally cannot keep your eyes off of her, she's such a vision of beauty and elegance! And, with all due respect to nice-guy, actor Van Johnson, he's hardly Errol Flynn or Robert Taylor in the looks department or very "compelling" either, although, he was excellent in "Battleground." (Ellen really found HIM so irresistible? Oy vey!) Heck, any chance to see this great lady of the screen perform IS an absolute joy and delight. Still, I much prefer seeing Ms. McGuire in such wonderful and truly memorable films as "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn," "The Spiral Staircase" and "Till The End Of Time." "Invitation" gets an "8" because of the presence of its luminous star (no, NOT the "boy-next-door," Van Johnson, the unbelievably zaftig Ruth Roman (who, by the way, is outstanding as a particularly vindictive virago) or even the distinguished Louis Calhern!).

In his book, "Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy," author Ronald L. Davis wrote: "'Invitation,' Johnson's next film, had character actor Louis Calhern attempting to persuade Van to romance his invalid daughter, played by Dorothy McGuire. While the movie was cloaked in MGM gloss, it was a tearjerker with little to commend it except competent performances from a strong cast." Yes, tearjerker is the apt description of the maudlin "Invitation."

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