The Enchanted Forest

  • Lew Landers (1945)
  • US
Film Review
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2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Ecologically themed drama starring Harry Davenport and Billy Severn. A woman becomes separated from her baby when their train crashes during a freak storm. The child is washed away by a river and presumed dead, but an old hermit comes to the boy's aid and raises him in the woods.

Cast and crew


Dr Steven Blaine
Edmund Lowe
Brenda Joyce
Jackie / Bobby
Billy Severn
Old John
Harry Davenport
Ed Henderson
John Litel
Clancy Cooper


Lew Landers

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