The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

Lew Landers (1945)

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Prolific B-movie director Lew Landers produced a low-budget curio with this unusual "nature vs civilisation" parable set in the majestic woodlands of California. Made in 1945 but with an eco-message that would be in vogue decades later, it stars Harry Davenport (Gone with the Wind) as an animal-loving, bushy-bearded hermit - think Santa Claus meets Doctor Dolittle - living deep in the forest, whose idyllic backwoods existence is threatened by the money-making plans of a local lumberman. That is, until the businessman's baby grandson goes missing during a storm and is found like Moses in the rushes and brought up by the old man. Beautiful to look at and reminiscent of The Night of the Hunter in its lyrical naturalism, it's simple, heart-on-sleeve stuff that may seem out of place in more cynical times, but the avuncular Davenport sustains the tale with his warmth and conviction.

Summary

A kindly hermit lives deep in a forest, which he is determined to protect from being felled. He finds a lost boy, whom he raises as his own, teaching him to respect the wonders of the natural world. Meanwhile, the child's mother refuses to believe her son is dead and goes on a desperate search. Family drama, starring Harry Davenport and William Severn.

Cast & Crew

Dr Steven Blaine Edmund Lowe
Anne Brenda Joyce
Jackie / Bobby Billy Severn
Old John Harry Davenport
Ed Henderson John Litel
Gilson Clancy Cooper
Director Lew Landers
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Language: English Colour

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