The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

DVD - 2002
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At the turn of the century a young widow and her daughter move into a cottage on the English coast. Soon she learns that the cottage is haunted by the ghost of its former owner, a sea captain. When he finds he can't scare her away, they soon fall into a most unlikely love affair!

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patch666
Oct 14, 2017

Great classic movie ~ good fun. Gene Tierney is so perfect and beautiful

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chetanka
Sep 17, 2017

Saw this in my youth. Loved it then. Appreciated it even more now.

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trcookIIImddmd
Aug 23, 2017

Nice little movie--interesting plot. Rex Harrison is terrific: "why can't a woman be like a man."

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 25, 2016

GREAT 1947 movie with beautiful Gene Tierney at age 27 as Lucy Muir. Natalie Wood at age 9 plays Lucy's daughter Anna.
It's a terrific romantic fantasy drama adapted from the 1945 novel written by Josephine Leslie under the pseudonym of R. A. Dick. Apparently 20 Century Fox liked the book (only published in UK at time) so much they bought film rights then. Philip Dunne did the film screenplay adaptation.
The film is set in the seaside English town of Whitecliff, but was all shot in California. When I saw some of the seaside rock shore/cliff shots it brought back memories of when I lived in Pacific Grove near Monterey, CA, but don't know if that was where the shots were actually taken.
Great film production including fab period (set in early 1900's) costuming, especially the dress/hat Lucy wears when she goes to visit the potential publisher of her book.
It's never clear if the ghost, played by Rex Harrison, is actually, um, real (ghosts can be real?) or just a figment of Lucy's imagination - that's part of the fun of the film.
There is lots of romantic drama during the course of the film as Lucy gets involved with "Uncle Neddy", etc.
As Captain Gregg sez: "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."
I'm very glad I have now seen this film - and give strong recommends for others to give this film a watch.

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biffblack
Jul 20, 2016

A masterpiece. In tone, in color (black, white, and grey). Whimsical, and yet so well observed re human nature.

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PatEe
Dec 27, 2015

This is such a great romantic comedy that never ages. I thoroughly enjoyed it even after many years.

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Preeceville56
Dec 22, 2015

Funny and sad. Good movie.

One of the best movies ever made !

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 02, 2015

This film, shot in black and white, is now over 60 years old and I saw it for the first time. It is a decent film, and it helps if you believe in the existence of ghosts. I find Rex Harrison's 'Wolfman' voice a tad irritating. Other than that, it is a good story about loneliness, love, aging, death, and the acceptance of it.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Longing for a life of her own the recently widowed Lucy Muir (a radiant Gene Tierney) packs up her young daughter and housemaid and moves into a modest seaside home where she plans to live off the dividends from her late husband’s gold mine shares. But the picturesque Gull Cottage already has a tenant, the previous owner Capt. Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison looking the part), a crusty old mariner who died a few years earlier and now haunts the property taking great delight in scaring off potential buyers. At first alarmed by his phantom presence, then intrigued, the plucky Mrs. Muir slowly develops a friendship with Gregg leading to a chaste (he can’t be touched) inter-dimensional love affair of sorts which sees him soften while she grows a backbone. But one can’t really love shadows and when Lucy falls for a man with an actual heartbeat (George Sanders, unctuously charming) Gregg’s spectral longings are dashed—at least for a little while. Make no mistake, this is pure gothic treacle with dollhouse interiors set against postcard seascapes and a swelling orchestral score keeping time with magnificently crashing waves. But director Joseph L. Mankiewicz doesn’t blink an eye as he shamelessly pours on the romance and heartbreak (the final scene is almost too much). Thankfully Tierney and Harrison are more than up to the challenge, their unaffected performances and onscreen chemistry save the day more than once. Highly watchable and, if I’m to be honest, capable of eliciting one or two wistful sighs. As an interesting aside, “muir” is the Gaelic word for “sea”.

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Monolith
Sep 21, 2014

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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