Cinema: The New Pictures, Feb. 4, 1952

Invitation (M-G-M), based on a story by Jerome Weidman, bears an astonishing resemblance to Henry James's chilling classic, The Wings of the Dove. Like James's Milly, Dorothy McGuire is a poor little rich girl doomed to an early death from an incurable heart ailment, and her plight provides an opportunity for a pair of fortune hunters. When the film opens, Dorothy—unaware that she has only a few months to live—is being showered with expensive gifts by her grieving father, Louis Calhern, and with little attentions by her husband, Van Johnson. Between presents, everyone...

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