In 1900, Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney), widowed for one year, decides to move out of her controlling in-law's house in London to the English seaside with her adolescent daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and their long devoted maid Martha (Edna Best). Despite the rental agent trying to dissuade her, Lucy decides to rent Gull Cottage at Whitecliff-by-the-Sea. She learns firsthand 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 (Sir Rex Harrison). 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 ...Written by
Gene Tierney had a broken foot during filming, the result of running up some stairs to visit Fanny Brice's new granddaughter. See more »
When Fairley takes the cab ride with Mrs. Muir, the raindrops on his hat change noticeably from shot to shot. See more »
[discussing Mr. Fairley]
And the way he was smirking at you, like a cat in the fishmonger's! You should have slapped his face!
Why? I found him... rather charming!
"Rather charming!" Now you're starting to talk like him!
How in blazes do you want me to talk?
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON at the turn of the century. See more »
Simply great, a movie that can bring a man to tears....
I saw this movie for the first time when I was sixteen, now almost thirty years have passed and I still cry every time I think about the film. . My favorite image is the deteriorating pier with her daughters name carved into it...what a beautiful and sad way to convey the passing of time.I recently watched it again and the lump in my throat has not passed as of yet.So sad, So beautiful!
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