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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 8 August 1947 (Brazil)
In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Mrs. Edwin Muir - Lucy - widowed for one year, decides to move out of her controlling in-law's home in London to the English seaside with her adolescent daughter Anna and their long devoted maid Martha. Despite the rental agent trying to dissuade her, Lucy decides to rent Gull Cottage at Whitecliff-by-the-Sea. She learns first hand before she makes the decision the rental agent's hesitance is because the cottage is haunted, supposedly by its now deceased former owner, seaman Captain Daniel Gregg. After she moves in, she does meet the spirit of Captain Gregg face-to-face. Because she refuses to be scared away by his presence, the two come to an understanding, including that he will not make his presence known to Anna. As time progresses, the two develop a friendship and a bond. Despite his statements to her that she needs to live her life including finding another husband, Daniel seems not to approve of any of the men that enter her life, ... Written by Huggo

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Is Lucy Muir's love really a ghost, or is it a man of flesh and blood she yearns for? See more »


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L'aventure de Madame Muir  »

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Bernard Herrmann considered his musical score for this film to have been his best. See more »

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When Lucy is talking with her sister-in-law, Eva, and her mother-in-law in her room, Eva is facing Lucy and the telescope is right behind Lucy. Captain Gregg moves behind Lucy to the telescope and then moves the telescope, rotating it 90 degrees. Eva should have noticed that the telescope turned all by itself, since Captain Gregg was not visible to them. But she doesn't react to anything. See more »

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Lucy Muir: I'm sorry. It's very kind of you to want me back, but I'm going to stay. I'll manage somehow; so, please be good enough to shove off.
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Charming fantasy set in a seaside cottage...
21 June 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Gene Tierney is an impoverished widow who manages to find a suitable seaside cottage for herself, her maid and her daughter (Natalie Wood), only to discover that its former occupant is a strong-willed, salty sea captain (Rex Harrison) who is opposed to anyone else living at Gull Cottage. How their relationship grows and changes is the basis for the rest of the fantasy.

Tierney has her best role since 'Laura' as the lovely widow, engaging in many witty dialogs with Harrison's ghost with their relationship ultimately leading to a wistful ending. The mood of the period fantasy is enhanced by Bernard Herrmann's exquisitely sensitive score, capturing the atmosphere of the seaside cottage at the edge of a cliff. George Sanders has an amusing role as a man who almost convinces the widow that he's not a married man. Touches of humor abound in early scenes of Tierney with her relatives who are opposed to her independent decision to find her own lodgings.

Later remade as a TV series in the '60s which never captured the charm of the original story filmed with such tender care by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz from a screenplay by Philip Dunne. A delightful movie that will remain fresh and young forever.


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