- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
name = The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
writer = R. A. Dick (novel)
Gene Tierney Rex Harrison
Twentieth Century Fox
country = USA
June 26, 1947(U.S. release)
runtime = 104 min
language = English
imdb_id = 0039420
"The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) is a romantic
fantasy filmstarring Gene Tierneyand Rex Harrison. It is based on a 1945 novel written by Josephine Leslieunder the pseudonym of R. A. Dick. In 1945, Twentieth Century Foxbought the film rights to the novel, which had only been published in the United Kingdomat that time.
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 ghostof 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 Tierneyas Lucy Muir
Rex Harrisonas Daniel Gregg
*George Sanders as Miles Fairley
Edna Bestas Martha
Vanessa Brownas Anna Muir (as an adult)
Anna Leeas Mrs. Fairley
Natalie Woodas Anna Muir (as a child)
Robert Cooteas Mr. Coombs
Whitford Kaneas Mr. Sproull
The film was released on
DVDby 20th Century Fox as part of their 20th Century Fox Studio Classicscollection.
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