in about 100 words or less
US 104m, B&W
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Cast: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders
Set in the early twentieth century, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a romance fantasy involving a recently widowed and independent young woman who rents a house haunted by the salty-ghost of a former ship’s captain. After he initially fails to scare her from his lovely seaside home, they eventually develop feelings for one another when Mrs. Muir agrees to transcribe his memoirs of his life at sea. After publishing her unlikely novel “Blood and Swash”, she uses the proceeds to purchase the Captain’s former home in which to live happily ever after. Despite the maudlin scenario, the film’s somewhat syrupy but heartfelt conclusion provides a fitting happy ending to an unusual love story. The film was eventually developed into a weekly television series which briefly ran during the late 1960s, but which was more comedy than romance (Klaus Ming August 2011).