The Ghost and Mrs. Muir ()

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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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Lucy Muir
Capt. Daniel Gregg
Miles Fairley
Martha Huggins
Anna Muir as an Adult
Mrs. Miles Fairley
Mr. Coombe
Anna Muir as a Child
Angelica Muir
Eva Muir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Freeman ...
Author Displaced by Lucy (uncredited)
Man Ordered Out of Train Compartment by Captain (uncredited)
Sproule - London Publisher (uncredited)
Enquiries at Sproule's (uncredited)
Porter (uncredited)
Bill - Anna's Fiance (uncredited)
Gardener (uncredited)
David Thursby ...
Mr. Scroggins (uncredited)
Heather Wilde ...
Fairley Maid (uncredited)

Directed by

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Written by

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

Produced by

Fred Kohlmar ... producer

Music by

Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

Charles Lang ... director of photography (as Charles Lang Jr.)

Film Editing by

Dorothy Spencer

Art Direction by

George W. Davis ... (as George Davis)
Richard Day

Set Decoration by

Thomas Little ... (set decorations)
Stuart A. Reiss ... (set decorations) (as Stewart Reiss)

Costume Design by

Eleanor Behm ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

Ben Nye ... makeup artist

Production Management

Ben Silvey ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Bernard Freericks ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)

Visual Effects by

Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Oleg Cassini ... costumes for Gene Tierney designed by
Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

Ray C. Moore ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

Bernard Herrmann ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Constance Collier ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Arthur Pierson ... dialogue director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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, including the most serious, children's author Miles Fairley. Because of his feelings for her, Daniel eventually has to decide if being a part of her life is more a benefit or hindrance to her in carrying on with the living, regardless of perhaps not being able to carry out his initial goal of realizing his vision for Gull Cottage if he leaves. Written by Huggo

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • L'aventure de Madame Muir (France)
  • Ein Gespenst auf Freiersfüssen (Germany)
  • El fantasma y la señora Muir (Spain)
  • Mrs. Muir ziet spoken (Netherlands)
  • El fantasma y la Sra. Muir (Venezuela)
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  • 104 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia Gene Tierney's first approach to the character of Lucy Muir was playful, almost screwball. After a conference between Darryl F. Zanuck and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the first two days shooting were redone so that Tierney could give the character more depth. The change resulted in huge critical acclaim for the actress. See more »
Goofs Although Captain Gregg promised never to speak with Anna, he clearly breaks his word. Evidence of this can be seen as he throws the in-laws out of the house: Anna can be seen in the foreground watching without fear or confusion, thus revealing that she is aware of his presence and not scared of him. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: LONDON at the turn of the century. See more »
Quotes Captain Daniel Gregg: You must make your own life amongst the living and, whether you meet fair winds or foul, find your own way to harbor in the end.
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