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.
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.
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.
Wonderful romance starring the luminous Gene Tierney and a virile Rex Harrison. Mankiewicz captures the feeling of falling in love and even moreso the pain of not being able to realize one's true love. Then in the final stretches when one suddenly can see where the resolution is going he captures the idiom that 'true love waits'. Wonderful picture helped along by a memorable score by Herrmann. Blasted love.