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Blithe Spirit ()


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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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Charles Condomine
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Ruth Condomine
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Elvira Condomine
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Madame Arcati
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Dr. George Bradman
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Violet Bradman
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Edith (as Jaqueline Clarke)
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Cook (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield ...
R.A.C. Man Directing Traffic (uncredited)

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David Lean

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David Lean ... (adapted for the screen by) &
Ronald Neame ... (adapted for the screen by) &
Anthony Havelock-Allan ... (adapted for the screen by)
 
Noël Coward ... (play) (uncredited)
 
Noël Coward ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

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Noël Coward ... producer (as Noel Coward)

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Richard Addinsell

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Ronald Neame ... (photographed in Technicolor by)

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Jack Harris

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Margery Saunders ... assembly editor (uncredited)
Norah Walsh ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Irene Howard ... (uncredited)

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C.P. Norman

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Arthur Taksen ... (uncredited)

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Rahvis ... (dresses)

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Tony Sforzini ... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker ... hairdresser

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Anthony Havelock-Allan ... in charge of production
Norman Spencer ... unit manager
Sydney Streeter ... unit manager (as S.S. Streeter)
Herbert Smith ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

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George Pollock ... assistant director

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G.E. Calthrop ... art supervisor: Noel Coward
T. Hopewell Ash ... draughtsman (uncredited)

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John Cook ... sound recordist (as John Cooke)
Desmond Dew ... sound recordist
Cyril Crowhurst ... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Roy Day ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Percy Dayton ... boom operator (uncredited)
Anthony J. Kay ... dubbing crew (uncredited)
George Paternoster ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Alan Whatley ... dubbing crew (uncredited)

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Tom Howard ... special effects

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Charles Staffell ... back projection (uncredited)

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William McLeod ... camera operator (as Wm. McLeod)
Dennis Bartlett ... focus puller (uncredited)
Wilfrid Newton ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Hilda Collins ... dress supervisor

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Muir Mathieson ... conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Isaacs ... orchestrator (uncredited)
London Symphony Orchestra ... music performed by (uncredited)

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Joan Bridge ... for Technicolor: associate colour director
Natalie Kalmus ... for Technicolor: colour director
George Minassian ... for Technicolor: technician
Yvonne Axeworthy ... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Maggie Unsworth ... continuity (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Elvira is the kind of gal who can turn an evening into a night you'll never forget! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' (United Kingdom)
  • L'esprit s'amuse (France)
  • Geisterkomödie (Germany)
  • Un espíritu burlón (Spain)
  • El espíritu burlón (Spain)
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Trivia Following the success of the play in London and on Broadway, every studio in Hollywood wanted to adapt Blithe Spirit. Noël Coward took the project to his friend David Lean, with whom he had co-directed the Oscar-winning In Which We Serve (1942). However, Coward was not at all happy with Lean's final film. He later asked Lean, "How the hell did you fuck up the best thing I ever did?" See more »
Goofs After requesting, and drinking "Dry Martinis" the liquid in the glasses is distinctly brown instead of clear. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Truly Miss Marple: The Curious Case of Margareth Rutherford (2012). See more »
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Crazy Credits The voice at the end of the credits page that utters, "We are quite, quite WRONG!" is Noel Coward's See more »
Quotes Charles Condomine: If you wish to make an inventory of my sex life, dear, I think its only fair to tell you that you've missed out several episodes. I'll consult my diary and give you a complete list after lunch.
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