An independent widowed woman Mrs. Muir and her young daughter in Victorian England, find a new life in a small English seaside town, and Gull Cottage. With this new lease of life comes a catch, an old sea dog named Capt. Daniel Gregg still resides there, but as a ghost, who won’t let go his home.
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The dopey & watered down screwball comedy I always expected The Ghost and Mrs. Muir to be was anything but once I actually watched it. Gene Tierney might have outdone her performance in Laura & Rex Harrison turned what started as silliness into gold. The movie gets more haunting, beautiful then incredibly sad & Bernard Herrmann's score kind of deserves 3rd billing. Great & gorgeous stuff I should've seen sooner.
Strange and even a bit silly at first glance, then it turns enchanting, dreamy. hauntingly beautiful. A misty night, with the sea side and the waves clashing, in front of Gene Tierny's angel face and backed by Bernard Herrmann's gorgeous music score, and I could die happy.
This is a nice little film that features Rex Harrison as a ghost of a badass ship captain and Gene Tierney as his love interest. This makes for some interesting supernatural romance. This would also make a nice double bill with Blithe Spirit.
Rex Harrison's laughter reverberates inside these walls and it is burned into the ear(swimming inside Herrmann's magistral score) much as his beard is in the eye. Is it not the greatest tragedy as the captain stares from trees and fields and laughs along with her (jealous, yet gently pushing..) as she falls for Neddy, and life. A little pass time, Lucia, among dreams of salty winds and private shores and faery lands.
I started frowning at what I took as a plain and "unmysterious" approach to the supernatural, and ended completely moved by this tale of emancipation and loneliness, and of nostalgia for that which never was; a story told with pleasure and care, conveying a rare feeling usually reserved for the films that one has seen as a child and revisits.
Despite its many flaws, it's probably my favorite movie of all time.
I don't quite know why I'm drawn to this film; it's one that I revisit several times a year. There are many elements that I enjoy, particularly Herrmann's evocative score.
Gene Tierney had a tendency towards prissiness in her delivery. I preferred her in modern roles where she could show off her stunning good looks to best effect. Rex Harrison is OK here but not nearly as brilliant as in "Unfaithfully Yours." He is magnetic but also a little too overbearing. The story does have charm and I like Herrmann's score. What strikes me more than anything is how unrecognizable is Edna Best.