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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) romantic fantasy film starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. It is based on a 1945 novel written by Josephine Leslie under the pseudonym of R. A. Dick. In 1945, Twentieth Century Fox bought the film rights to the novel, which had only been published in the United Kingdommarker at that time.

Plot summary

In early 1900s Englandmarker, Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney), a young widow, moves to the seaside and into Gull Cottage with her daughter Anna (Natalie Wood) and her maid Martha (Edna Best). She rents the house despite rumours the house is haunted, but she is visited by the ghostly apparition of the former owner, a roguish sea captain named Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison), who promises to make himself known only to her; Anna is too young for ghosts. When Lucy's source of investment income dries up, he dictates to her his memoirs, entitled Blood and Swash. His racy recollections make the book a bestseller, allowing Lucy to stay in the house. During the course of writing the book, they fall in love, but as both realise it is a hopeless situation, Daniel tells her she should find a real (live) man.

When she visits the publisher, she becomes attracted to suave Miles Fairley (George Sanders), a writer of children's stories known as "Uncle Neddy" who helps her obtain an interview. Captain Gregg, initially jealous of their relationship, decides finally to disappear and cease being an obstacle to her happiness. He ends their friendship and convinces her that he was all a dream whilst she sleeps. Shortly thereafter, Lucy discovers that Miles is already married and she leaves him, heartbroken. About ten years later, Anna (Vanessa Brown) returns to the cottage with a boyfriend and tells her mother that she too spoke with Captain Gregg, rekindling faint memories in her mother.

After a long life spent at the cottage, Lucy dies. Captain Gregg appears before her at the moment of her death – reaching out, he lifts her young spirit free of her dead body. The two walk out of the front door arm in arm, into the mist. She is finally united with her captain.

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Adaptations to Other Media

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was adapted an hour-long radio play on the December 1, 1947 broadcast of Lux Radio Theater with Charles Boyer and Madeleine Carroll. It was also adapted on the August 16, 1951 Screen Director's Playhouse with Boyer and Jane Wyatt.

DVD

The film was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox as part of their 20th Century Fox Studio Classics collection.

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