Invitation from 1952 starring Dorothy McGuire, Van Johnson and Louis Calhern While melodrama isn't a strong enough word to describe the story, if you just go with it, it's an enjoyable enough movie. McGuire plays the pretty-but-pressumed-dying (damaged heart) daughter of wealthy Calhern who, unbeknownst to his daughter, pays handsome-but-struggling-architect Johnson - a friend of McGuire's since childhood - to be her husband for the assumed one year of life she has left. Adding to the drama, Johnson's bitter former girlfriend figures out the scheme and slowly taunts McGuire and Johnson with her knowledge throughout the movie (McGuire gets the good-girl blonde hair; the mean former girlfriend gets black hair - nothing is subtle in this movie). That's pretty much the setup and movie, with anything else becoming a spoiler alert. The fun in the movie is watching professionals do their jobs - these are really good actors - as the movie's silliness speeds along providing some tension and plenty of drama. There's also incredible time travel to mid-century America with its big, straight-lines office buildings, bold-and-broad-shouldered men's suits, cars that look like rounded tanks and overly opulent country clubs. I'm not proud that I enjoyed it, but heck, it's a fun hour and a half of escapism.