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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Release Date:

14 May 1945 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Mulher do Outro Mundo  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As with most of Noël Coward's work, the filmj is renowned for its dialogue. During an argument with Ruth, Charles declares, "If you're trying to compile an inventory of my sex life, I feel it only fair to warn you that you've omitted several episodes. I shall consult my diary and give you a complete list after lunch." The line, considered extremely risqué by censors, was deleted from the US release. See more »


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 »


[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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"Being John Malkovich", eat your heart out!
9 November 2000 | by (Queensland, Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie after I read a recommendation in the TV guide and had never heard of it, but when I heard it was directed by David Lean, I was there. Wasn't I pleasantly surprised at what I saw! A genuine work of imagination; charming, witty, and slyly dark in tone(although it was filmed in technicolour). I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am comparing it to the recent "Being John Malkovich" because the way both films are employed is in a similar way. I wouldn't dream of revealing plot details here, but if you've seen "Malkovich" and liked it, I recommend this one.

It is interesting that David Lean (the "master of the epic") made a film like this in his prime. It just goes to show that his films aren't long, boring melodramas. They can be imaginative, funny and entertaining. I enjoyed "Lawrence of Arabia", but "Blithe Spirit" really surprised me!


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