The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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In London at the turn of the century, young widow Lucy Muir tells her late husband's mother Angelica and overbearing sister Eva that she wants to move out of the family home and pursue a life of her own. Together with her daughter Anna and housekeeper, Martha Huggins, Lucy departs for Whitecliff-by-the-Sea. There Lucy calls on Coombe, an estate agent, who reluctantly shows her Gull Cottage, a striking house that is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of its former owner, a sea captain named Daniel Gregg. Lucy insists on renting Gull Cottage, and during her first night in the house, as a fierce storm rages, she speaks to the ghost in the darkness. When it gruffly replies, Lucy lights a candle and gazes in amazement at the handsome captain. Gregg dismisses Coombe's claim that he committed suicide, explaining that he had accidentally kicked the gas heater on while sleeping. Impressed by Lucy's love for the house, Gregg decides to let her stay, and agrees to confine himself to the master bedroom where Anna will not see him. One day, Lucy's in-laws pay an unexpected visit to report that the gold mine that has been providing her modest income has stopped paying dividends, and insist that she return to London with them. Unheard by Eva and Angelica, Gregg tells Lucy that he wants her to stay, and she sweetly bids her relations to "shove off." Gregg then proposes that they repair her finances by collaborating on a book about his life on the sea. In the following weeks, Gregg dictates his "unvarnished" memoirs to Lucy, and the bond between them deepens, leaving her increasingly confused. When the book, Blood and Swash , is finished, Lucy takes the manuscript to the office of publishers Tacket and Sproule, where she attracts the attention of debonair author Miles Fairley. Miles arranges for Lucy to meet Sproule, who reads the bawdy tale in one sitting and happily agrees to publish it. After leaving the office, Lucy shares a cab with the roguish Miles, who tells her that he writes children's books under the pseudonym "Uncle Neddy." One afternoon, Lucy encounters Miles painting near the beach at Whitecliff, and he proclaims his love for her. They begin courting, and although both Gregg and Martha express disdain for Miles, Lucy decides to marry him. Gregg sadly accepts her decision, and after telling the sleeping Lucy that when she wakes, she will believe that their entire relationship has been a dream, he departs. One day, Lucy goes into town to collect a royalty check and impulsively decides to visit Miles. When she arrives at his house, however, she is greeted by Miles's wife, who gently tells her that this sort of thing has happened before. Years pass, and the now grown Anna returns from the university with her beau Bill, a naval officer, and tells her mother they will soon be engaged. Lucy is stunned when Anna tells her she used to talk with Gregg's ghost when she was a child, and admits that she too encountered him in her "dreams." Many years later, the elderly Lucy reads Martha a letter from Anna saying that her daughter, Little Lucy, is engaged to an airplane captain. After Martha leaves the room, Lucy dies. At that moment, Gregg appears and reaches out to Lucy, and her ghost--which resembles Lucy as a beautiful young woman--rises from the old woman's body. Arm in arm, the two spirits leave Gull Cottage and disappear into the fog.

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I've lived the life of a man and am not ashamed to admit it. - Captain Gregg
No woman has ever been the worse for knowing me. - Captain 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. - Captain Daniel Gregg
In my opinion, you are the most obstinate young woman I have ever met. - Mr. Coombe
Thank you, Mr. Coombe! - Lucy Muir
My dear! Never let anyone tell you to be ashamed of your figure. - Captain Gregg

A condensed version of R. A. Dick's novel was published in the September 1945 issue of Ladies Home Journal under the title The Ghost and Mrs. Muir . According to news items in Hollywood Reporter , June Lockhart was originally cast in the role of the adult "Anna," and Richard Ney was originally cast in the role of "Miles Fairley," but was forced to withdraw from the production due to a conflict with his shooting schedule for Ivy . According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, located at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, studio production chief Darryl F. Zanuck originally wanted John M. Stahl to direct the film. In a June 24, 1946 memo to producer Fred Kohlmar and screenwriter Philip Dunne, Zanuck expressed his admiration for Stahl's work on Holy Matrimony , a film he felt had "exactly the same type of English humor and sentiment" as The Ghost and Mrs. Muir . Zanuck went on to endorse Norma Shearer for the role of "Lucy." "Many people, including [Twentieth Century-Fox president] Spyros Skouras, believe that Norma Shearer has one great picture left in her yet," he wrote, "and that she would make the same comeback that Joan Crawford made last year [in Mildred Pierce ]. She is certainly no deader than Joan was."        Some scenes in the film were shot on location in Palos Verdes, CA. Additional footage for process plates was shot in Monterey. An February 11, 1947 Hollywood Reporter news item reports that production was suspended when Gene Tierney broke her foot in an accident. She completed the filming with a cast on her leg, which was covered by the long period skirts required for the role. Charles Lang, Jr. was borrowed from Paramount for this production. His work on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White). The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre on December 1, 1947, with Madeleine Carroll and Charles Boyer in the starring roles, and on Screen Directors' Playhouse on August 16, 1951, again with Boyer as "Capt. Gregg." On October 17, 1956, the story was adapted as a segment of The Twentieth Century-Fox Hour on CBS-TV, under the title "Stranger in the Night." Joan Fontaine and Michael Wilding starred. Twentieth Century-Fox later produced a television series, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir , which starred Hope Lange, Edward Mulhare and Charles Nelson Reilly. The series, which was updated to modern New England, ran on NBC network for the 1968-69 season, then switched to the ABC network for the 1969-70 season.

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Released in United States on Video March 1, 1990

Released in United States Spring May 1947

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

1947, Fantasy, 1h 44m

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Defying her conventional in-laws, young widow Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) leaves London with her young daughter and moves away for a quieter life in a secluded seaside cottage. Lucy discovers the ghost of the deceased former owner, sea captain Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison), is haunting the house, but gathers the courage to stand up to him, and woman and ghost become friends. Faced with dwindling means of support, Lucy agrees to the Captain's challenge to write his colorful life story.

Genre: Fantasy

Original Language: English

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Producer: Fred Kohlmar

Writer: R.A. Dick , Philip Dunne

Release Date (Theaters): Jun 26, 1947  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Feb 1, 2017

Runtime: 1h 44m

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

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Gene Tierney

Lucy Muir, Lucia

Rex Harrison

Capt. Daniel Gregg

George Sanders

Miles Fairley, Uncle Ned

Martha Huggins

Vanessa Brown

Anna Muir (as an Adult)

Mrs. Miles Fairley

Robert Coote

Natalie Wood

Anna Muir (as a Child)

Isobel Elsom

Victoria Horne

Whitford Kane

Sproule (uncredited)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Philip Dunne

Fred Kohlmar

Bernard Herrmann

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Charles Lang


Dorothy Spencer

Film Editing

George W. Davis

Art Director

Richard Day

Thomas Little

Set Decoration

Stuart A. Reiss

Eleanor Behm

Costume Design

Oleg Cassini

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A near perfect Gothic romance. It embraces all of the trappings of the genre but never does so without neglecting the characters. That Bernard Herman score is gorgeous, truly one of his best.

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What a unique feeling this film gives me. What we're expected to believe is so unrealistic, that this widow (Gene Tierney) rents out a cottage haunted by the ghost of an old sea captain (Rex Harrison), that she can see him and yet never tries to touch him, that she puts up with him sleeping in her bedroom, and that the two have what seems to be a normal relationship. And yet, within this world that director Joseph L. Mankiewicz creates, there is such earnestness in the performances, and such atmosphere in this foggy old seaside cottage, that we find ourselves drawn in. Tierney and Harrison are both wonderful, and such contrasting characters. He helps her deal with her dead husband's mother and sister, and she helps him type up the story of his life, offering suggestions along the way. I loved his saltiness, with the subtle hints of his ribald life in the book's narration slipped in under the production code, and his sailor's language seeping in to Tierney's. The smaller roles are interesting as well, including Edna Best as the sassy housekeeper, and little 8-year-old Natalie Wood as her daughter. When she meets a 'real life' man (George Sanders) who begins wooing her, an odd sort of love triangle forms. Sanders' character is a gentleman and an intellectual, and says things like this, the first day they meet and it's raining: "It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time." The film could easily have been bungled, either by its premise, or by becoming too melodramatic. I think the class with which the cast play their parts is a big part of the success. The way Mankiewicz filmed a couple of touching scenes between Tierney and Harrison is also memorable. This one is for those who like romance and fantasy.

With a moving score by Bernard Herrmann, this atmospheric piece of cinema becomes one of the great screen romances, ocean waves poetically shown crashing against the shore to relay the passage of time. A widow and her daughter move into a lonely seaside cottage reportedly haunted by the ghost of an old sea captain. But is it? Tierney and Harrison are most sympathetic here as a pair of lonely people who find each other no matter what.

This is a charming and romantic period piece with two truly great actors portraying the Ghost: Rex Harrison and Mrs. Muir: Gene Tierney. It is funny, poignant and sad all at the same time and definitely provides a few laughs and a good cry!

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A romance between a young widow and a sea captain's ghost weaves a magical tale of immortal love. Determined to live her life the way she wants, newly widowed Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) declines her straitlaced in-laws demand that she live with them and moves with her daughter (a young Natalie Wood) to the seaside into a cottage haunted by the handsome, blustering Captain Gregg (Rex Harrison). a deal is struck between the two in the wee hours of the morning allowing Lucy to stay in the house and the captain to materialize only in the master bedroom. As they gradually get to know each other better, Lucy's spunk and stubbornness gains first the captain's grudging respect, then his heart. But when another man woos Lucy, both must face that her future lies with the living, not in the spirit world.

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  • Aspect Ratio ‏ : ‎ 1.33:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ Unrated (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ 2218056
  • Director ‏ : ‎ Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Full Screen, Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Dubbed
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 44 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2003
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best, Vanessa Brown
  • Dubbed: ‏ : ‎ Spanish
  • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ English, Spanish
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ 20th Century Fox
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000083C6R
  • Writers ‏ : ‎ Philip Dunne, R.A. Dick
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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  • #102 in Romance (Movies & TV)
  • #423 in Comedy (Movies & TV)

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