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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Gene Tierney , Rex Harrison , Joseph L. Mankiewicz    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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Joseph Mankiewicz's moody classic is less ghost story than romantic fantasy, a handsome 1947 drama of impossible love set on the picturesque turn-of-the-century New England coast. Independent young widow Lucy Muir (the luminous Gene Tierney), desperate to escape her uptight in-laws, falls in love with a grand seaside house and moves in, only to discover the cantankerous ghost of the hot-tempered Captain Gregg (a histrionically flamboyant performance by Rex Harrison). Lucy refuses to let the bombastic captain frighten her away, earning his respect, his friendship, and later his love. They team up to turn the captain's salty memoirs into a bestseller, but as his affection grows he fades away, leaving Lucy free to undertake a more worldly suitor, notably a charismatic children's author (George Sanders at his smarmy smoothest) with his own guarded secret. Charles Lang's melancholy black-and-white photography and Bernard Herrmann's haunting score set the tone for this sublime adult drama, and Tierney delivers one of her most understated performances as the resolute Mrs. Muir. Mankiewicz turns this ghost story into a refreshingly mature and down-to-earth romance. --Sean Axmaker

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Romance June 5 2003
Format:DVD
The DVD edition of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is worth the price. A beautifully produced film, Ghost is a fine example of the old studio system at its best. The cinematography (Charles Lang), set decoration, and the wonderful score by Bernard Herrmann help make this film shine decades after it was first produced. Gene Tierney, at the height of her popularity and star power turns in an excellent performance as Lucy Muir. Her Lucy is a warm yet vulnerable woman longing for a loving relationship. Little did she know that her soul mate would be a dead sea captain. As strange as the plot sounds, the story works incredibly well. Rex Harrison was never better as the ghost of Captain Gregg and he and Tierney have genuine screen chemistry, it's a shame this is their only film together. The DVD has some interesting commentaries and other extras including production stills showing the cast and crew in casual/candid poses. It also includes a biography of Harrison. Too bad they didn't include one on Tierney, especially considering her importance to the Fox studio during the 1940s. Some minor things that bug film buffs is the changing of the star billing. Tierney was top billed, but on the DVD cover packaging, Rex is top billed. This is supposed to be part of the Fox "Studio Classics" series, so I don't know why they don't keep to the original billing, artwork, and so on. The packaging also says this film was a 1942 Academy Award nominee, which is impossible since the film was released in 1947. The movie and the transfer rate five stars, but the packaging is probably about a 3.5. Would have liked to have seen them do as good a job with Ghost as Fox did with The Day The Earth Stood Still. All in all, this DVD is still worthy of any buff's film collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Gene Tierney gives a performance so smooth that you can't believe it. She makes Rex Harrison's performance work, she is balance, determined in a very quiet way she dominates. The commentaries on the score, and the performances are excellent, except for Kenneth Geist, who is thankfully been edited short. Geist who thinks this is a man's picture is critical of Tierney who carries this picture. What a bore this would have been without her. He even suggest that the lovely Claudette Colbert was wanted and needed for the role. Just as we are so lucky that she was unable to do Mankiewicz's ALL ABOUT EVE, we are so lucky to have the subtle Tierney here. She is excellent--I was lucky to see Colbert with Harrison in a romantic comedy in the last year of his life at the National Theater in DC, they were wonderful together, she had to feed him lines to keep it going, but turning this into what the fabulous Claudette did well, suggestive comedy, would not have made this wonderful picture the gem it is. This film is moody and different, and thank God Mankiewicz, a true wonder, and Geist, a man who praises the great George Sanders in one of his most forgettable performances, and knocks Gene who carries this film didn't get their way. No one notes that Tierney was a lover of Jack Kennedy, even though they note that her husband, Oleg Cassini, designed the famous Jackie hats and clothing for Jack's funeral. If you look at Gene you see a resemblance to Jackie in carriage, manner and speech. This is a great film, buy it. By the way there are three other commentary's that are on the money--in fact the best I've heard. The package is impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As I saw the 1960's TV series first... Dec 12 2002
Format:VHS Tape
..., imagine my knocked-to-my-feet surprise when I discovered this earlier, period, version of the same romantic charmer!! As another critic so masterfully captioned earlier, the true beauty of GAMM is that its romance is fully realized, courted, and even consummated without its two protagonists ever having physical contact. How *can* they, when one of them is flesh and the other isn't. But they do court- first in genteel, witty, one-upmanship banter between the sexes, then in gradual, verbal revelations of their most private and personal thoughts, all the while realizing that their individual stubborness and fire is exactly what attracts them to one another. (Listen especially to passages like Lucy describing her late husband- but not with much affection, or the Captain first talking about his rite of passage with an older woman.) Every time they speak they truly enjoy each other's company (the conversation on the train is especially fine) and there is an unspoken yearn to take their friendship to the next level. When Lucy finally utters the sad line "what's to become of us," you realize that their relationship can never really materialize. The later epilogue, where an older Lucy tries to remember the Captain for her teenage daughter- and the daughter's revelation that she knew about him too- is at once lovely and bittersweet. Bernard Herrmann's score? No words are adequate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great "I Just Need To Cry And Feel Happy Flick" Nov. 27 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this film as a child, and fell in love with the story, the charactors and the simple beauty. As an adult, I find it still has the same incredible mysteries that keep me entranced. The writing is o-k at best -- the story a bit over-done -- but the romance is beautiful as are the sets and the feeling at the end that you really can find forever love with your true-soulmate. I have seen it on television, on video and even in a movie theater -- and when I just need a good cry that will leave me feeling good and refreshed -- this is where I go! Hope Lange lovers beware -- there is nothing of the sit-com in this stunner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. Great Movie
Harrison is great as the Captain. Interesting supporting cast, including the young Natalie Wood. Always watched this movie when it infrequently was shown on TV.
Published 2 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost and Mrs. Muir a Classic! Ordered through Amazon
One of the best classic movies my husband and I have seen in a long time. Thank you Amazon for making the purchase so easy and efficient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
wonderful old movie quality stars and performance all in all a good movie loved the seascape the atmosphere was so good it would be too calm for the kids today but for us its a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Albert Mc Kenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic
Love this movie. Love the house by the sea and the story is so sweet. It's a timeless classic. Thanks
Published 4 months ago by Fay Salkus
5.0 out of 5 stars TV
Now if only I could get the TV series..... I remembered this from my younger years and it still thrills me. Great DVD TKS.
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