The Enchanted Forest

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The Enchanted Forest
Poster of the movie The Enchanted Forest.jpg
Directed by Lew Landers
Produced by Jack Schwarz (producer)
Written by John Lebar (story and screenplay)
Lou Brock (producer)
Robert Lee Johnson
Sam Neuman (adaptation)
Starring Edmund Lowe
Brenda Joyce
William Severn
Harry Davenport
Release dates
  • December 8, 1945 (1945-12-08)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Enchanted Forest is a 1945 family film starring Harry Davenport as a hermit who finds and raises a young boy in a forest. The film and story served as the inspiration for a 1998 music composition/recording "Enchanted Forest" by Loren Connors and Suzanne Langille. It was filmed in Cinecolor and released by Producers Releasing Corporation.


The hermit, Uncle John, communicates with animals and cares for the forest. He is at odds with a forester who wants to cut down all the trees, and wants any impediments (like Uncle John and the boy) removed. The child, Jackie, had been washed downstream after a train wreck in a storm. The mother, Anne, whose father owns the land, is told that the child must be dead, but she cannot quite believe it. When she visits her father, and walks in the forest, the boy catches sight of her, and she catches a glimpse of him as well. Through a series of interactions, the mother and child are reunited, the forest is saved, and Uncle John is able to stay.



The film was photographed in Cinecolor. The incredible unsuspected success of the film led to several major studios filming their own movies in the process.[1]


  1. ^ p.114 Fernett, Gene Hollywood's Poverty Row 1930-1950 Coral Reef Publications 1973

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