The Ghost and Mrs. Muir


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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Based on R.A. Dick's novel, this film is a romantic fantasy about a widow who moves into a reportedly haunted cottage on the English seaside. Shortly after she arrives, she is indeed haunted by the ghost of a sea captain. Though their relationship is antagonistic at first, the two become friends.

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Gene Tierney
as Lucy Muir
Rex Harrison
as Capt. Daniel Gregg
George Sanders
as Miles Fairley
Edna Best
as Martha Huggins
Vanessa Brown
as Anna Muir as an Adult
Natalie Wood
as Anna Muir as a Child
Robert Coote
as Mr. Coombe
Anna Lee
as Mrs. Fairley
Isobel Elsom
as Angelica
Brad Slaven
as Enquiries
David Thursby
as Sproggins
Stuart Holmes
as Man on Train
Houseley Stevenson Sr.
as Passerby at Fairley Residence
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Critic Reviews for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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Audience Reviews for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

  • Sep 07, 2018
    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.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2018
    With a moving score by Bernard Herrmann this atmospheric piece of cinema becomes one of the great screen romances, ocean waves poetically crashing against the shore and all. 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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2011
    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!
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2010
    A predictable but heartfelt love story. You can see the ending coming a mile away, but it doesn't make the story any less enthralling.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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