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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

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 Huggo

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Taglines:

THE SPIRIT... so willing! THE FLESH... so weak! THE ROMANCE... so wonderful! 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:

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,545
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Amanda Duff, wife of Screenwriter Philip Dunne, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn had originally agreed to play the leads. Tracy then had second thoughts about the project. When he withdrew, Hepburn also bowed out. See more »

Goofs

Before the last scene, Martha puts a glass of milk on the table next to a now-old Mrs. Muir. Martha leaves the bedroom and seemingly closes the door behind her. In the next shot of Mrs. Muir, the door is wide open. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Muir: I'm expecting Mr. Fairley. We're having a picnic.
Martha Huggins: [dismissively] You mean he is.
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON at the turn of the century. See more »

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Referenced in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) See more »

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I discovered it because of the music, but love it for the story
12 March 2000 | by jackbootSee all my reviews

I discovered this movie when a friend recommended that I listen to a recording of the score - by the vernerable Bernard Herrmann - and his score is indeed fine! But what keeps me coming back to this film is its heart and soul - and it is odd to be able to say that about a very proper Victorian mannered tale. It is a carefully structured story that would really be well suited for the stage. In particular, I love the comic relief in this film and its colourful supporting characters. Our heroine, Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney), is blithely courageous, though naive and against all advice lets a cottage on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The location is eerily remote and I'm continually struck by how spooky the setting is in the plain, bright light of day. The ghost of Captain Gregg (Rex Harrison) is at first brash and frightening but we come to find that he is a salt of the earth man of high principles.

Get over slick and callow modern film making and take a few steps back in time to watch this most charming and romantic of love stories well told on all sides: an ornate confection of a story, carefully and lovingly photographed, acted with aplomb and riding on top of a musical score that is as moving and powerful as the tides that beat throughout this film.

I find a personal connection to this story in that it takes me back to the days I lived on a northern island that was similarly beautiful though tinged with the bittersweet loneliness of a remote place awash in the deep undercurrents of sorrow and melancholy.


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