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 moves with her daughter 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!
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2002.
Edition: Full screen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 10, 2018

From the moment this movie starts, I knew it was an instant winner with its mysterious score over the black and white 20th century logo. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a classic romantic fantasy with a twist of adventure. When Lucy Muir rents a haunted cottage by the sea in the English seaside town in Whitecliff, she meets the spirit of a Dead Sea captain, who haunts the place, and scares away strangers who rent his cottage. When Lucy buys it, she is different from all others because she embraces this haunted cottage. After, she befriends him; she writes a book about his life, which becomes a success. This ghost classic is recommended for all ages. 5/5 stars
@janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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tomdance
Aug 01, 2018

Although I enjoy many black-and-white film classics, this one failed to grab my interest. Upon my first viewing in 2018, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" from 1947 now appears dated by contemporary standards of acting and production values. Modern standards for fantasy and ghost stories have left this one boring in comparison. Rex Harrison is much more interesting to watch in the enchantingly timeless "My Fair Lady" (1964, in full color).

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kpelish
Jun 07, 2018

Glad to finally watch this classic and understand its popularity at the time (1947). The widow is spirited and independent, providing a good counterfoil to a (dead) spoiled sea captain who gradually accepts her, her daughter, and the family maid. That said, there's a dated aura of manliness when her finances take a hit and the captain comes to her rescue with a creative project. Wishing Mrs. Muir had access to a Match.com site and a career....but as a period piece, this has much to say about love, independence, family, disappointment, grit, fidelity, and pursuing dreams in the post WWII world. The windswept yet sunny seaside cottage is an ethereal setting for the sweetly romantic ending.

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empbee
Apr 28, 2018

Very nice romantic movie with some wisdom of life's challenges and choices one makes.

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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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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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