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Blithe Spirit (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 14 May 1945 (UK)
Charles and his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

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Complete credited cast:
... Charles Condomine
... Ruth Condomine
... Elvira Condomine
... Madame Arcati
... Dr. George Bradman
... Violet Bradman
... Edith (as Jaqueline Clarke)
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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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Elvira - what man wouldn't love her! What woman wouldn't hate her! She's that alluring. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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14 May 1945 (UK)  »

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Uma Mulher do Outro Mundo  »

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As with most of Noël Coward's work, the film is renowned for its dialogue. During an argument with Ruth, Charles declares, "If you're trying to compile an inventory of my sex life, I feel it only fair to warn you that you've omitted several episodes. I shall consult my diary and give you a complete list after lunch." The line, considered extremely risqué by censors, was deleted from the US release. 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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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 »


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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 See 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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