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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Gene Tierney , Rex Harrison , Joseph L. Mankiewicz  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best, Vanessa Brown
  • Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Writers: Philip Dunne, R.A. Dick
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083C6R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Rex Harrison: The Man Who Would Be King" as seen on "Biography"
  • Stills gallery

Editorial Reviews

A romance between a young widow and a sea captain's ghost weaves a magical tale of immortal love. Determined to live her life the way she wants, newly widowed Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) declines her straitlaced in-laws demand that she live with them and moves with her daughter (a young Natalie Wood) to the seaside into a cottage haunted by the handsome, blustering Captain Gregg (Rex Harrison). A deal is struck between the two in the wee hours of the morning allowing Lucy to stay in the house and the captain to materalize only in the master bedroom. As they gradually get to know each other better, Lucy's spunk and stubborness gains first the captain's grudging respect, then his heart. But when another man woos Lucy, both must face that her future lies with the living, not in the spirit world.

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196 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Tierney's Crowning Achievement April 1, 2003
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Exquisite. That one adjective describes both this film, and its leading lady. Although she is best remembered as the title character in the classic 1944 mystery, "Laura", and received greater acclaim for her Oscar-nominated performance in the highest-grossing 20th Century-Fox film of the 1940's, "Leave Her to Heaven", "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" nonetheless remains Gene Tierney's most successful film performance. As Lucy Muir, a spirited British widow at the turn of the 20th century who falls in love with the ghost of a sea captain, Miss Tierney is on screen in every scene of the film, and dazzles throughout with her ethereal beauty and her thespic versatility. Afforded the rare opportunity to play moments of high comedy, quiet drama, and romantic yearning all in one film, Miss Tierney never once strikes a false note. She is particularly touching in the sequence during which the middle-aged Mrs. Muir reflects on the past with her grown daughter; in the hands of a lesser actress, this scene could easily have become maudlin and overly sentimental, but Tierney plays it with a quiet dignity and sweet resolve that distills the essence of her graceful and independent character.

Yet, while "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" is arguably Tierney's best film, its success is not due to her efforts alone. Rex Harrison, in his second American film, also triumphs as the salty sea captain whose gruff veneer is slowly peeled away by the determined widow sharing his home. The scene in which he bids her a tender farewell is brilliantly played. George Sanders excels in his role as a romantic cad; the vocal sneer he practically patented on film suits his part here perfectly.
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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
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This was the movie that convinced me that the great screen romances involved couples that were not able to kiss or even touch. The Ghost the late Captain Daniel Gregg, played by a bristling Rex Harrison, while Mrs. Lucy Muir is Gene Tierney, a widow who moves into the captain's seaside cottage with her young daughter (played as a child by Natalie Wood, by Vanessa Brown as an adult). Of course, he wants to be terrifying and chase her away from "his" home, but she, of course, finds him endearing. He declares he is not ashamed to have lived the live of a man and she counters that being alive is not a crime. They talk about everything except their feelings for each other, but that is the true topic of all of their conversations. When Miles Fairley, another one of George Sanders patented silvery-tongued rouges, enters Lucy's life offering her a chance for happiness in the real world, the Captain loves her enough to leave her, not knowing that Fairley has a secret. However, while the title characters do not live happily ever after, there is a wonderful ending to the film. Definitely one of my ten favorite Romance movies of all time with marvelous interaction between Harrison and Tierney (her best film by far). Adapted by Philip Dunne from R. A. Dick's novel, with solid direction from Joseph L. Mankiewicz and a superb score from Bernard Herrmann. "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" is a treasured Golden Oldie, not to be confused with the wretched sitcom television produced in the late 60's.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice DVD version of Great Romantic Film June 1, 2003
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This is a wonderful romantic fantasy that tells the story of young widow (beautiful Gene Tierney)who moves into the seaside house of the late Captain Gregg (played with bluster by Rex Harrison). The captain first tries to scare the widow away, but soon they team up so that she can stay at the house. They both fall in love with the other, but neither can express their love to the other. The ghost leaves Mrs. Muir (and blots her memory of him), but they are ultimatley reunited in a very touching scene at the end of the film with her death. The film has a wonderfully atmospheric score by Bernard Herrmann (I believe it was his favorite) and a great performance by the caddish George Sanders. This charming film is a most definite buy!
The DVD has a very sharp, crisp printing of the films with excellent sound - the commentaries that accompany the film are very good and informative, providing a lot of informaiton on how the film was shot and also how Herrmann scored the film. There is a nice one-hour biography on the career on Rex Harrison, along with the usual theatrical trailer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful! July 11, 2001
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Admittedly, I'm a lover and a total pushover for movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. It doesn't even have to be a great movie for me to find something to appreciate...as long as it was filmed in the 1930s, or 40s. However, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is different...it's a rare cinematic gem, even among the many true classics from this period. It's not just a ghost story, but an unforgettable tale of unrequited love. Gene Tierney plays the beautiful, but unworldly Lucy Muir, while Rex Harrison plays the crusty "no longer of this world" sea Captain, Daniel Gregg. Once the widow Muir moves into the home of the long dead captain, things really start getting lively. Gregg, unhappy about his home being invaded, sets out to haunt Lucy Muir and her little family until they decide to leave. However, the feisty and brave Lucy refuses to be either haunted, or intimidated. Daniel, moved by Mrs. Muirs strength of character, as well as her great beauty, both inward as well as outward, finally relents and allows Lucy, her daughter...played by a very young Natalie Wood...and faithful housekeeper Martha to stay. All goes well until Lucy discovers that the small income left by her husband is gone and she now faces ruin, not the least of which is the loss of Captain Gregg's home by the sea. To keep Lucy from losing everything, Daniel comes up with the idea of writing a book..."ghost written" by him, but with all the credit going to Lucy. The book is published and is wildly successful, however, during the writing the two have fallen hopelessly in love. It's only when Daniel sees Lucy with a man who is very much alive... and played to perfection by George Sanders...that he finally realizes that he must disappear so that Lucy can have the earthly relationship she needs and deserves. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful and soulful....walk through a past and a present...that...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must-see movie."
This is a must read for people to see how a love story can be created without touching. Rex Harrison as Captain Gray is fabulous. I loved the character. Mrs. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to be haunted
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Captain X and Lucia!
I caught this movie off and on over the years on regular antenna TV. After finished watching this remastered version with English subtitle, I appreciate it even more. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone should love the simplicity of the era
The original, and very well recreated for DVD. Anyone should love the simplicity of the era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Delivered on time with no problems
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a Christmas present for my mother - she ...
Purchased as a Christmas present for my mother - she loves this movie! One of her all time favourites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love, love
I love, love, absolutely love this movie. Gene Tierney is wonderful as always, playing a very well mannered widowed mother who moves into a house still occupied by its deceased sea... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic movie that never gets old. A collectors item.
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colorized DVD? The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Nope, B&W... just the cover art is in color.
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