Noël Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is ... See full summary »
Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.
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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
The original Broadway production of "Blithe Spirit" written by Noël Coward opened at the Morosco Theater on November 5, 1941, ran for 657 performances and closed on June 5, 1943. Jacqueline Clarke repeated her role in the film. See more »
After the séance when Elvira first appears, she flops onto the settee by the fire. As her dress billows you can see where the green ghostly make up ends half way up her leg, showing normal skin above the make up line. See more »
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"
We are quite, quite wrong!
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The voice at the end of the credits page that utters, "We are quite, quite WRONG!" is Noël Coward's See more »
Well, as usual I beg to differ. I love Blithe Spirit. It has the most fantastic atmosphere to it: spooky, surreal and very British (in the best possible way). Yes its very 'stiff upper lip' but then this is about the moneyed middle classes (and remember also that Constance Cummings' inclusion here is surely designed to give the film appeal in the US, and even today American's seem to like their Brits very, very British). The best thing about BS is of course, Elvira. Kay Hammond shimmers (albeit greenly) as the ghostly, seductive and manipulative ex-wife who is determined to win back her husband from his straight-laced second wife. I think you need to be the sort of person who can comfortably laugh at death to really get the most out of this film, it is a comedy after all, not high drama. But it doesn't have the kind of 'cosy' vibe that, say, 'Midsomer Murders' has. Its much more arch and intelligent. Watch it at Halloween in a darkened room with a box of After Eights and a Crème de Menthe for company...
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