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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

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

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screen play), R.A. Dick (from the novel by) (as R. A. Dick)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Gene Tierney ... Lucy Muir
Rex Harrison ... Capt. Daniel Gregg
George Sanders ... Miles Fairley
Edna Best ... Martha Huggins
Vanessa Brown ... Anna Muir as an Adult
Anna Lee ... Mrs. Miles Fairley
Robert Coote ... Mr. Coombe
Natalie Wood ... Anna Muir as a Child
Isobel Elsom ... Angelica Muir
Victoria Horne ... Eva Muir
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Storyline

In 1900, Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney), widowed for one year, decides to move out of her controlling in-law's house in London to the English seaside with her adolescent daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and their long devoted maid Martha (Edna Best). Despite the rental agent trying to dissuade her, Lucy decides to rent Gull Cottage at Whitecliff-by-the-Sea. She learns firsthand 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 (Sir Rex Harrison). 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 ... Written by Huggo

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THE SPIRIT... so willing! THE FLESH... so weak! THE ROMANCE... so wonderful! See more »


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Trivia

The word "muir" means "sea" in Scots Gaelic. Many times sailors are said to have been "married" to the sea, or that the only woman they ever loved was the sea. See more »

Goofs

As Lucy and Captain Gregg exit the house after her death, Captain Gregg's shoe catches on the rug. See more »

Quotes

Captain Gregg: When a woman's kissed it's because, deep down, she wants to be kissed.
Lucy Muir: That is nothing but masculine conceit!
Captain Gregg: Nevertheless, it's true.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON at the turn of the century. See more »

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Referenced in Cheers: The Ghost and Mrs. LeBec (1990) See more »

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This ole house is haunted
23 May 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Joseph L. Mankiewicz was the right choice for directing this film. He created a film that survived the passage of time. The R. A. Dick's novel was adapted by Philip Dunne. "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" is blessed with one of Bernard Herrmann's best film scores. The music greatly enhances what one is watching on the screen. Charles Lang's cinematography gives the illusion we are somewhere on a remote spot of England, when in reality the film was shot in California!

"The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" gave its star, Gene Tierney, one of the best roles of her career, after "Laura". Ms. Tierney had the fragility to portray Lucy Muir, the plucky young widow that decides to move to the coast against her in-laws wishes. The idea of the film plays well as it unfolds because obviously, it's all in Mrs. Muir's mind all what she is experiencing.

Rex Harrison's Capt. Daniel Gregg was also one of his best opportunities as a leading man in the movies. Mr. Harrison is perfect as the crusty old seaman that refuses to abandon his beloved home overlooking a beautiful view of the sea. Mr. Harrison plays well opposite Ms. Tierney; their chemistry works well because it combines his rugged good looks and her beauty.

The supporting players are good under Mr. Mankiewicz' direction. George Sanders, Edna Best, Natalie Wood, Robert Coote, Vanessa Brown, all give good performances and enhance the film.

This film will always be a favorite for fans, young and old.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1947 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,545
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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