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Blithe Spirit -- David Lean's delightful film version of Noël Coward's theater sensation stars Rex Harrison as a novelist who cheekily invites a medium to his house to conduct a séance, hoping the experience will inspire a book he's working on. Things go decidedly not as planned when she summons the spirit of his dead first wife, a severe inconvenience for his current one.

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Director:
Writers:
David Lean (adapted for the screen by) &
Ronald Neame (adapted for the screen by) ...
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Release Date:
14 May 1945 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
One Wife Too Many
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A comic masterpiece with all the right ingredients See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
David Lean 
 
Writing credits
David Lean (adapted for the screen by) &
Ronald Neame (adapted for the screen by) &
Anthony Havelock-Allan (adapted for the screen by)

Noel Coward  play (uncredited)
Noel Coward  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Noel Coward .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
 
Cinematography by
Ronald Neame (photographed in Technicolor by)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
C.P. Norman 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Taksen (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Rahvis (dresses)
 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... in charge of production
Norman Spencer .... unit manager
Sydney Streeter .... unit manager (as S.S. Streeter)
Herbert Smith .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
 
Art Department
G.E. Calthrop .... art supervisor: Noel Coward
T. Hopewell Ash .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cook .... sound recordist (as John Cooke)
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist
Cyril Crowhurst .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Roy Day .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Percy Dayton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Anthony J. Kay .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
George Paternoster .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Alan Whatley .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William McLeod .... camera operator (as Wm. McLeod)
Dennis Bartlett .... focus puller (uncredited)
Wilfrid Newton .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilda Collins .... dress supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Margery Saunders .... assembly editor (uncredited)
Norah Walsh .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Isaacs .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... for Technicolor: associate colour director
Natalie Kalmus .... for Technicolor: colour director
George Minassian .... for Technicolor: technician
Yvonne Axeworthy .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1991) (1993) (2003) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:6 (fr 16)

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Trivia:
Clifton Webb created the role of Charles on Broadway. He went directly from the play into the movie version of "Laura."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After requesting, and drinking "Dry Martinis" the liquid in the glasses is distinctly brown instead of clear.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A comic masterpiece with all the right ingredients, 26 August 2004
Author: Paul Reed from Cincinnati, Ohio

Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit in 5 days during Britain's darkest days of the Second World War. The play completed 3 decades as Britain's longest run in West End for a comedic play. The film which was adapted from the play was directed by David Lean and incorporated some of the most sophisticated special effects yet seen in a movie. The film tackles some dark themes such as death and falling in and out of love. The characters themselves are on the face of it unsympathetic. Elvira is a siren, Ruth is shrewish and Charles a misogynist. Despite this the film works well as a comedy because of the quick and clever dialogue between the characters and the scene stealing performances of Margaret Rutherford's Madame Arcarti. You end laughing at and sometimes with the characters as one would do a Shakespeare comedy. Never has a film about death been so funny

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