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Blithe Spirit (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 14 May 1945 (UK)
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A man and his second wife are haunted by the ghost of his first wife.

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

David Lean (adapted for the screen by), Ronald Neame (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Charles Condomine
Constance Cummings ... Ruth Condomine
Kay Hammond ... Elvira Condomine
Margaret Rutherford ... Madame Arcati
Hugh Wakefield ... Dr. George Bradman
Joyce Carey ... Violet Bradman
Jacqueline Clarke ... Edith (as Jaqueline Clarke)
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Storyline

To get background for a new book, author Charles Condomine (Sir Rex Harrison) and his second wife Ruth (Constance Cummings) light-heartedly arrange for local mystic Madame Arcati (Dame Margaret Rutherford) to give a séance. The unfortunate result is that Charles' first wife Elvira (Kay Hammond) returns from beyond the grave to make his life something of a misery. Ruth too gets increasingly irritated with her supernatural rival, but Madame Arcati is at her wit's end as to how to sort things out. Written by J-26

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Keep your eyes on Elvira... As she creates the most mischievous matrimonial situation in the history of love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #606. See more »

Goofs

After the séance when Elvira first appears, she flops onto the settee by the fire. As her dress billows, it can be seen that the green ghostly make up ends half way up her leg, showing normal skin above the make up line. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: When we are young We read and believe The most Fanastic Things

When we grow older and wiser We learn, with perhaps a little regret, That these things can never be. See more »

Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Jacqueline Clarke
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Fun from the 40's Brit flick
3 March 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

This is the second of three collaborations in film done in the mid 1940's between David Lean as a Director and playwright Noel Coward including This Happy Breed and Brief Encounter. This is an early film in Lean's directorial career who would of course go on to make such major films as Doctor Zhivago, The Bridge on the River Kwai and A Passage to India. Coward produces and narrates this film as well. A great cast with Rex Harrison as a novelist, Constance Cummings as his second wife, Kay Hammond as his first wife and Margaret Rutherford as the medium Madame Arcadi. This is a fun fantasy/comedy/romantic story. I haven't seen this in years. I would give it an 8.0 of a scale of 10.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1945 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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