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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.

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Philip Dunne (screen play), R.A. Dick (from the novel by) (as R. A. Dick)
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Cast

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

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Mrs. Edwin Muir - Lucy - widowed for one year, decides to move out of her controlling in-law's home in London to the English seaside with her adolescent daughter Anna and their long devoted maid Martha. Despite the rental agent trying to dissuade her, Lucy decides to rent Gull Cottage at Whitecliff-by-the-Sea. She learns first hand 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. 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 her life, ... Written by Huggo

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Is Lucy Muir's love really a ghost, or is it a man of flesh and blood she yearns for? See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1947 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

L'aventure de Madame Muir See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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While doing research in the 20th Century-Fox archives for her biography of Natalie Wood, author Suzanne Finstad discovered that Norma Shearer, Claudette Colbert, and Olivia de Havilland were among the early casting ideas for Lucy Muir. See more »

Goofs

At the beach, a man carves Anna Muir's name into a post buried in the shore and much is made of the fact that every ship passing by will see it forever, but the side of the post he carves her name in faces inland, meaning no one on a passing ship will ever see it. The name wasn't carved into both sides, either - Anna's mother, Mrs. Muir, has to walk around to the inland side to see it. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Muir: It's no crime to be alive!
Captain Gregg: No, my dear, sometimes it's a great inconvenience. The living can be hurt.
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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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Enchanting, Comical, as well as haunting love story.
6 October 2002 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Lucy Muir, a widow of one year, decides to start life anew, with daughter and faithful housekeeper, in a cottage by the sea, despite the warnings by the real estate salesman that the house is haunted by the ghost of its former owner, a seaman, Capt. Gregg. After Mrs. Muir encounters the ghost, the two strike an eerie, yet deep relationship, which grows even more when Lucy, forced to earn the money for payment of the cottage, writes a book about the captain's sea encounters. When Lucy sells the manuscript, she meets and falls for a fellow writer, a relationship, which does not sit well with the housekeeper, the daughter, and especially the captain. Will Capt. Gregg have to roam again to find eternal happiness? A beautiful film from all standpoints, with brilliant performances by Tierney and Harrison, who play extremely well off each other with tender, humorous, and bickering encounters, and Sanders, who is as usual, his charming self. A touching and romantic ending set this film off as one of the all time great cinematic love stories. Rating, 9 of 10.


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