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Blithe Spirit (1945)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  14 May 1945 (UK)
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Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

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To get background for a new book, author Charles and his second wife Ruth light-heartedly arrange for local mystic Madame Arcati to give a séance. The unfortunate result is that Charles' first wife Elvira returns from beyond the grave to make his life something of a misery. Ruth too gets increasingly irritated with her supernatural rival, but M.Arcati is at her wit's end as to how to sort things out. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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One Wife Too Many

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Comedy | Fantasy

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14 May 1945 (UK)  »

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Uma Mulher do Outro Mundo  »

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Margaret Rutherford and Kay Hammond played Madame Arcati and Elvira, respectively, in the original West End production. Jacqueline Clarke played Edith in the original Broadway production. See more »

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After requesting, and drinking "Dry Martinis" the liquid in the glasses is distinctly brown instead of clear. See more »

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[first lines]
words on a Victorian sampler: "When we are young / We read and believe / The most fantastic things. / When we are older / We learn with regret / That these things cannot be"
Narrator: We are quite, quite wrong!
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The voice at the end of the credits page that utters, "We are quite, quite WRONG!" is Noel Coward's See more »


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Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Jacqueline Clarke
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Excellent Film
21 December 2004 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film! My middle daughter is a big Margaret Rutherford fan and she really excelled in this. Constance Cummings was also brilliant in her part and I think it is sad that she did not excel in film afterwards for whatever reason. I only heard about this film a number of months ago and since buying it on DVD I have watched it a number of times and still enjoy it.

Its a film from a "bygone" era so to speak as they really don't make films like these anymore.

I would highly recommend this film and would have no hesitation in giving it a 10 out of 10!!


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