The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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Overview

Like its TV-sitcom counterpart of the 1960s, the original film version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was based on the novel by R.A. Dick. Gene Tierney plays turn-of-the-century widow Lucy Muir, who escapes her impossible in-laws by moving into an old house on the English seacoast. Despite the warnings of realtor Combe Robert Coote that the house might be haunted, the tenacious young widow calmly establishes residence with her young daughter Anna Natalie Wood and housekeeper Martha Edna Best in tow. Sure enough, the ...
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Overview

Like its TV-sitcom counterpart of the 1960s, the original film version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was based on the novel by R.A. Dick. Gene Tierney plays turn-of-the-century widow Lucy Muir, who escapes her impossible in-laws by moving into an old house on the English seacoast. Despite the warnings of realtor Combe Robert Coote that the house might be haunted, the tenacious young widow calmly establishes residence with her young daughter Anna Natalie Wood and housekeeper Martha Edna Best in tow. Sure enough, the place is haunted by the spirit of its previous owner-a bombastic, profane, yet somehow attractive sea captain named Daniel Gregg Rex Harrison. When Lucy steadfastly refuses to be frightened by Captain Gregg, he takes a liking to her, and the two become close friends in standard ghost-movie tradition, only Lucy can hear or see the Captain. Realizing that Lucy is in dire financial straits, the Captain offers to dictate his colorful memoirs to her, which she promptly parlays into a best-seller and a lasting literary career. Slowly but surely, Gregg falls in love with Lucy.
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Special Features

Commentaries by Greg Kimble and Christopher Husted; Commentaries by Jeanine Basinger and Kenneth Geist; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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A beautifully crafted piece of Hollywood fantasy, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a far-fetched but moving fable about a sea captain who haunts a widow. They fall in love as the grizzled captain dictates his real-life adventures to the widow, who turns them into a book. Enormously winning performances from the underrated Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison drive the film, and the direction of veteran Joseph L. Mankiewicz is almost flawless. Natalie Wood plays Tierney's daughter. Stylish craftsman Philip Dunne adapted the whimsical story from a novel by R.A. Dick. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a superb illustration of how post-World War II Hollywood could deftly handle a romantic fable during an era when the movies could deliver escapism without big-budget pyrotechnics. The film ended up being remade as a pedestrian TV sitcom in the late 1960s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2013
  • UPC: 024543920083
  • Original Release: 1947
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  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 22,718

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Tierney Lucy Muir
Rex Harrison Ghost of Capt. Daniel Gregg
George Sanders Miles Fairley
Edna Best Martha Huggins
Isobel Elsom Angelica
Vanessa Brown Anna, as an adult
Helen Freeman Author
Natalie Wood Anna, as a child
Robert Coote Coombe
Victoria Horne Eva
Whitford Kane Sproule
Anna Lee Mrs. Miles Fairley
Brad Slaven Enquiries
William Stelling Bill
David Thursby Sproggins
Heather Wilde Maid
Houseley Stevenson Sr.
Stuart Holmes Man on Train
Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director
Eleanor Behm Costumes/Costume Designer
Oleg Cassini Costumes/Costume Designer
George W. Davis Art Director
Richard Day Art Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Dorothy Spencer Editor
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Still Love It!

    I saw this old movie quite by chance when I was in elementary school and fell in love with Captain Greg. I forgot all about it for a decade or so, and saw it again today on Turner Classics. And guess what... Still Love Captain Greg!!! What a movie. So I came here to B&N.com to order myself a copy to have and to hold.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Classic

    I've always loved this wonderful love story that transcends even death! I have a granddaughter that was frightened of ghosts, so I remembered this wonderful ghost story and shared it with her so she could see another, beautiful side of the ghost story. Wonderful unforgetable story. Utterly charming.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Rex harrison and Gene Tierney were never better than in this tenderfunny ghost story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Sad but romantic

    Classic movie about a widow that moves with her daughter to a house that's haunted by a ghost who was a sea captain. Good performances by the lead actors that played Mrs. Muir and Captain Gregg. Ending is quite sad. Recommend the movie if you like ghost stories with a hint of a romance and or classic movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely wonderul

    What a wonderful story - makes one realize how complete love really is always. A classic from the past - which, in my book, is where most of the good movies come from.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Just a Feel Good Film

    Jean Tierney (Mrs. Lucy/Lucia Muir) and Rex Harrison (Capt. Daniel Gregg) are excellent together in this well-told romantic film that shows love crosses all boundaries. They make a perfect couple, even though Capt. Gregg is a ghost.
    This film can be watched by the entire family, curled up alone on your couch, or with your significant other. No swearing. No sex. No nudity. Just a darn good, romantic, feel good film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a great movie for lovers of the classic romance dramas, with a bit of witty humor. It's a good one for a rainy day, a snowy day or just a day when you want to escape to a simpler time and place. It definitely was a bit obscure for the time period... but sooo worth the $9.99 that I paid when I finally found a copy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    Romance the old fashioned way. The Ghost is gruff and terribly romantic with his blustery way. Mrs. Muir is endearing. Definitely a 100% chick- flick movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Ghost and Mrs. Mure\

    This is a great DVD, it is an older show, and one you will want to keep<BR/>in your collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True Love Found

    How can you go wrong with Rex Harrison ?? And the beautiful Gene Tierny. With his thundering voice but yet so much love. A beautiful movie I watch whenever it's on. My most memorable time was with my husband...at the end he was wiping his eyes..and said you didn't tell me it was going to be sad!!! You will love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a perfect love story

    I watch this movie whenever I need to de-stress and get away from the fast paced, tech world of this century. It is my perfect movie. The British countryside,the ocean,the dreamlike house and the haunting musical score set the tone for the rugged sea captain and Mrs. Muir's love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brings me back

    Mom & me did not get alone all the time but always watched the old movies together i love that sea captains house and will build it one day, without the monkey puzzle tree!!,Moms favorite movie was brigadoon ,i know all the songs,i still sing.. so do the bonding thing with your kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Romances Ever Filmed

    I fell in love with this movie and its characters the first time I ever saw it. When I discovered that it was available on DVD, I had to have it. Tierney and Harrison are perfectly matched as the proper young widow and the ghost of the salty sea captain. Full of vivid images, often subtle humor, and high romance, this is a wonderful fantasy. The ending has always been one of my favorites of any film. If you've seen "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, you know from whence came the idea for the end of that movie, too. Captivating and not to be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SEE THIS BLASTED MOVIE !!!

    Tierney and Harrison are excellent in this film. The score and the scenery set the tone for this most unusual story. It has everything going for it, and, for that, has stood the test of time. The greatest film ever made. See it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the great Hollywood romances

    Graced with a haunting and beautiful score by the magnificent Bernard Herrmann, this movie continues to stand the test of time as one of the great Hollywood romances. Masterfully shot, acted, and produced, this film has it all: palpable chemistry between its stars, moments of delightful humor, a brilliant script, and a perfect, eternally hopeful end. Tierney's Mrs. Lucy Muir turns out to be a strong, yet endearingly vulnerable leading lady, and Harrison's swashbuckling Capt. Gregg is a wonderful combination of male bravado and unexpected tenderness. George Sanders as the cad is appropriately slimy and seductive, and the scene where Lucy finds out the truth about him is both painful and touching. There are also some classic characters, most notably the realtor, Mr. Coombe, and Lucy's insufferably dysfunctional in-laws. A very young Natalie Wood is used only minimally, but it is always good to see her. The scene where Mrs. Muir and her now-grown daughter discover that they both 'dreamed' of the ghost of a sea captain demonstrates their abiding love for one another without them ever having to say it. A true classic, and of my favorite films of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An enchanted masterpiece

    The Ghost and Mrs.Muir is a movie you can see over and over and never tire of it.The score is one of the most haunting and beautiful ever put into film. Tierney was beautiful and Harrison was a crusty old rascal. The supporting cast only adds to this movie gem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If not in this life, there's forever.

    When you begin to doubt that any quality movie can move you, or make you want to be in love, much less appreciate the one you already love, this is the one! Beautifully written, excellent cast, & outstanding performances. You'll remember this one for a very long time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tierney and Harrison have never been better

    Perfectly cast, this romantic ghost story features Gene Tierney as an attractive young widow who buys an English sea-side home haunted by the spirit of a sea captain played by Rex Harrison. Tierney has never been lovelier and Harrison perfectly caputures the romatic image of the sea-faring captain of centuries past. Usually cast as an English gentleman and remembered for his quintessential turn in My Fair Lady, Harrison is the very embodiment of the salty ancient mariner in this film. George Sanders is in great form as a rogueish yet charming suitor in a quest for Tierney's affections. Quite honestly this unusual film is one of the best Hollywood romances ever filmed. Its success spawned a fairly successful sit-com in the late sixties - but don't be fooled, this film is no sit-com, it's a real work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TRUE ROMANCE

    I love this movie. Perfect for a rainy afternoon and a cup of tea when the husband is out with the kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A romance that lingers...

    Absolutely breathtaking. A sweet and funny (at times) romance. I fell in love with the characters and wondered why we can't get that movie magic back in the 21st century. The Captain is the epitome of masculinity!

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