The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Infobox Film
name = The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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caption =
director = Joseph L. Mankiewicz
producer = Fred Kohlmar
writer = R. A. Dick (novel)
Philip Dunne
starring =Gene Tierney
Rex Harrison
George Sanders
music = Bernard Herrmann
cinematography = Charles Lang
editing = Dorothy Spencer
distributor = Twentieth Century Fox
country = USA
released = June 26, 1947 (U.S. release)
runtime = 104 min
language = English
budget =
imdb_id = 0039420

"The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) is a romantic fantasy film starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. It is based on a 1945 novel written by Josephine Leslie under the pseudonym of R. A. Dick. In 1945, Twentieth Century Fox bought the film rights to the novel, which had only been published in the United Kingdom at that time.

Plot summary

The film opens in England, circa 1900. Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney), a young widow, moves to the seaside and into Gull cottage with her daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and her maid Martha (Edna Best). To her surprise, the house is haunted by the ghost of the former owner, a roguish sea captain named Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison), who makes himself known only to her. When Lucy's source of investment income dries up, he dictates to her his memoirs, entitled "Blood and Swash". His racy recollections make the book a best-seller, allowing Lucy to stay in the house. During the course of writing the book, they fall in love; but as both realise it is a hopeless situation Daniel tells her she should find a real (live) man.

When she visits the publisher she becomes attracted to suave Miles Fairley (George Sanders), a writer of children's stories known as "Uncle Neddy" who helped her obtain an interview. Captain Gregg,initially jealous of their relationship, decides finally to disappear and cease being an obstacle to her happiness. He ends their friendship and convinces her that he was all a dream whilst she sleeps. Shortly thereafter, Lucy discovers that Miles is already married and she leaves him, heartbroken. Roughly ten years later, Anna (Vanessa Brown) returns to the cottage with a boyfriend and tells her mother that she too spoke with Captain Gregg, rekindling faint memories in her mother.

After a long life spent at the cottage, Lucy dies. Captain Gregg appears before her at the moment of her death - reaching out, he lifts her young spirit free of her dead body. The two walk out of the front door arm in arm, into the mist. She is finally reunited with her captain, forever.


*Gene Tierney as Lucy Muir
*Rex Harrison as Daniel Gregg
*George Sanders as Miles Fairley
*Edna Best as Martha
*Vanessa Brown as Anna Muir (as an adult)
*Anna Lee as Mrs. Fairley
*Natalie Wood as Anna Muir (as a child)
*Robert Coote as Mr. Coombs
*Whitford Kane as Mr. Sproull


The film was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox as part of their 20th Century Fox Studio Classics collection.

External links

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