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Blithe Spirit (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 14 May 1945 (UK)
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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The play had been a major success, and Noël Coward advised David Lean not to jeopardize this with the adaptation, telling him, "Just photograph it, dear boy". In spite of this, Lean made a number of changes, such as adding exterior scenes (the play had been set entirely in a single room) and showing scenes like the car journey to Folkestone (which had only been referred to in the play). Perhaps most importantly, the final scene, in which Charles dies and joins his two wives as a spirit, does not occur in the play, which ends with his leaving his house after taunting his former wives, of whom he is now free. Coward objected strenuously to this change, charging Cineguild with having ruined the best play he ever wrote. 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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A refreshing and humorous movie
10 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies.

Margaret Rutherford comes from a time in movie history when character actors added significant interest to the plot. And she was one of the very best. Rex Harrison has an everyman appeal,no matter what his role he is credible.

This story is charming,straightforward and unique.

Unlike half of the current movie plots today coming from Hollywood this is original.

It proves that good story lines will stand the test of time. It has humor,with a simple story line,and the strong directing,and acting carries it through.

It has more grace that some movies coming out of Hollywood today. Which is why I watch it again and again.


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