If I had to pick only one film out of these to see, I might recommend Till the End of Time (1946), since it remains a largely unsung gem, is only available on VHS and a Region 2 DVD, and is overshadowed by the more polished The Best Years of Our Lives released in the same year. This drama, capturing the painful transition from war to peace among a trio of servicemen, played by Guy Madison, Robert Mitchum and Bill Williams, features an excellent performance from McGuire, who plays a restless and wary war widow with a refreshing honesty. Her intelligent characterization of the older Pat Ruscomb simmers with tender longing, a dash of desire, and some understandable anger. Few other actresses could have conveyed such a blend of contradictory emotions with more skill.
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Tuesday, June 14th Schedule of Dorothy McGuire Movies on TCM:
The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
A scarred veteran and a homely woman are transformed by love.
Dir: John Cromwell Cast: Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young, Herbert Marshall.
BW-92 mins, TV-G, CC,
Till The End Of Time (1946)
A returning World War II veteran falls for a troubled war widow.
Dir: Edward Dmytryk Cast: Dorothy McGuire, Guy Madison, Robert Mitchum.
BW-105 mins, TV-G, CC,
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
A peaceful Quaker family's sanctity is tested during the Civil War.
Dir: William Wyler Cast: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Marjorie Main.
BW-138 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format
A Summer Place (1959)
An adulterous couple discovers that their children are sexually involved.
Dir: Delmer Daves Cast: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee.
C-130 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
Susan Slade (1961)
A pregnant teen allows her mother to pass the baby off as her own.
Dir: Delmer Daves Cast: Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Dorothy McGuire.
C-116 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format