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Blithe Spirit (1945)

 -  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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14 May 1945 (UK)  »

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Following the success of the play in London and on Broadway, every studio in Hollywood wanted to make the movie of Blithe Spirit (1945). However, Noel Coward took the project to his friend David Lean, with whom he had co-directed the Oscar-winning In Which We Serve (1942). However, Coward was not at all happy with Lean's film of Blithe Spirit (1945). He later asked Lean, "How the hell did you fuck up the best thing I ever did?" See more »

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When Ruth leaves Charles and Elvira to go to bed, the camera pulls back into the drawing room, the door closes, and in the gloss paintwork the ghostly reflection of the crew can be seen. 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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Opening credits: When we are young We read and believe The most Fanastic Things When we grow older and wiser We learn, with perhaps a little regret, That these things can never be. See more »

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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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